Court to remain open on December 5, 2018

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida joins in mourning the loss of President George H. W. Bush but will be remain open on December 5, 2018.

Please note, the Offices of the U.S. Trustee will be closed on December 5 and 341 meetings of creditors scheduled for that day will be rescheduled.

Unless you are otherwise notified, the Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District will conduct hearings as scheduled.

CM/ECF MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED: Saturday, December 15, 2018, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
CM/ECF will undergo maintenance on Saturday, December 15, 2018, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You may continue to access CM/ECF during this time, however, intermittent disruption may occur.

Reappointment of Judge Catherine Peek McEwen - Middle District of Florida
The current 14-year term of The Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa, is due to expire on 21 August 2019. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is considering whether to reappoint Bankruptcy Judge McEwen to a new 14-year term of office. Under reappointment, Bankruptcy Judge McEwen would continue to perform the statutory responsibilities of a bankruptcy judge.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals concerning the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge McEwen to a new 14-year term of office in Tampa. Comments must be received no later than December 4, 2018.

Click HERE to view the Public Notice.

The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available.
Click HERE to view the October 2018 edition.

Appointment Of Bankruptcy Administrator - Middle District of Alabama
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit invites applications for the
position of Bankruptcy Administrator in the Middle District of Alabama, stationed at

The bankruptcy administrator is responsible for supervising trustees and debtors in
possession and assuring that such persons effectively administer estates in cases in the district
under Section 1334 of Title 28 United States Code.

Public Notice for the Appointment of a Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division
The Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Orlando division. The annual salary is $191,360. The term office is eight years, beginning March 1, 2019. The magistrate judge must remain in the Orlando division.

Click HERE to read full announcement.

Proposed Chapter 11 Confirmation Orders and Local Rule 3020-1
The Court would like to remind Chapter 11 practitioners of Local Rule 3020-1 which addresses Chapter 11 Confirmation. Specifically the Court draws your attention to paragraph (c)(1), which is as follows: (1) Contents.

The confirmation order shall include the following if applicable: a schedule summarizing the timing and amount of payments to be made to each class of creditors under the plan; notice of any scheduled post-confirmation status conference; and the form of Post-Confirmation Avoidance & Claim Litigation Report to be filed in connection with post-confirmation status conferences conducted in the case.

The form is available on the Court's website in the forms section of the Procedures Manual
Proposed Chapter 11 Confirmation Orders that do not comply with the requirements of the Court's Local Rule may be returned for non-compliance.

Negative Notice and Accompany Orders Lists Updates
Please be aware of the following revisions to the Court's Negative Notice List and Accompanying Orders List. Negative Notice List updates include: 1. Existing Negative Notice List item Motion to Approve Compromise or Settlement is updated to add an exception to those filed in Chapter 13 Cases. Those filed in a Chapter 13 case related to a personal injury matter are no longer allowed to be filed with Negative Notice. 2. Added: Motion to Vacate Mortgage Modification Mediation Order. Accompanying Orders List update: Added: Motion for Refund of Fee Payment. To view the Court's revised lists, use the following links:

Negative Notice List
Accompanying Orders List

Model Chapter 13 Plan - Fillable PDF Form and Instructions

The Clerk's Office has developed a fillable PDF version of the Model Plan for use by filers.

Click HERE for the PDF of the Model Plan and HERE for instructions for its use.

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