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CM/ECF Schedule Downtime - April 26, 2017

The Florida Middle Bankruptcy Court CM/ECF Application will undergo scheduled maintenance this Sunday, April 30th from 8am until 2pm. During this maintenance the CM/ECF Application will be offline and unavailable. Sorry for any inconvenience.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. - April 25, 2017

Click here to view the April 2017 edition.


Pay.gov will not be available Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 6:00pm to Midnight. - April 25, 2017

Pay.gov is being upgraded to version 7.0 and will be deployed to production. This deployment will require a total service interruption during this time period. Please contact Pay.gov Customer Support at (800) 624-1373, option 2, or pay.gov.clev@clev.frb.org with any questions or concerns regarding Pay.gov release 7.0.


Judge Catherine Peek McEwen: Continuances based on prior calendar conflict - April 6, 2017

In cases before Judge McEwen, if the Court sets a hearing or trial that presents a conflict with a previously scheduled obligation of a party or counsel, then such person shall promptly file a motion to reschedule the hearing or trial to an earlier or later date.

Click here for the memo.


Proposed Amended and New Local Rules and Comment Form - April 4, 2017

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida are considering proposed amendments to the Local Rules. The proposals are posted below for public comment commencing on April 4, 2017. The public comment period ends on May 19, 2017. When promulgated by the judges, the amended and new Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2017.

Click here to view the proposed amendments to Local Rules.

Click here to provide comments regarding the proposed amendments.


Clerk of Court Selection - March 30, 2017

On March 29, 2017, Chief Judge Michael G. Williamson Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court, announced the selection of Sheryl L. Loesch for Clerk of Court for the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court to replace Lee Ann Bennett who became the new Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Sheryl has a wealth of experience and is no stranger to the Court. She served for the past 18 years as the Clerk of Court for Middle District of Florida District Court and previously served as the Chief Deputy in the District of Kansas District Court. In addition, Sheryl served on many national committees for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and is a past President of the Federal Court Clerks Association. Sheryl is dedicated to the Judiciary and to the staff who serve in the Judiciary.


The Florida Middle Bankruptcy Court Website - March 22, 2017

The Florida Middle Bankruptcy Court Website - www.flmb.uscourts.gov will undergo scheduled maintenance this Sunday, March 26th from 12pm (noon) until 6pm. During this maintenance, the website will be offline and unavailable. Sorry for any inconvenience.


CM/ECF Scheduled Maintenance Sunday, March 12 - March 7, 2017

The CM/ECF application will undergo scheduled maintenance this Sunday, March 12th from 8am until 12pm (noon). During this maintenance, the CM/ECF application will be offline. The application will be unavailable to file documents or accept new cases. Thank you for your support.


Clerk of Court Position Announcement - United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida - March 1, 2017

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is seeking a senior level executive with experience as an administrator of a large, diverse, and innovative organization to serve as the Clerk of Court for one of the nation’s busiest bankruptcy courts.

For further details, click here to see Announcement No. 17-03.


Bankruptcy Judgeship Position in the Middle District of Alabama at Montgomery - February 27, 2017

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Alabama at Montgomery.

For further details, click here to see the announcement.


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers - February 27, 2017

The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the bankruptcy court’s training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa.

Learn it the way new Judges are taught:

“Organization and Jurisdiction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts” by Judge Martin Glenn

Please Click HERE to view.

New AO Deputy Director Named - February 23, 2017

On February 23, 2017, Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, today announced the appointment of Lee Ann Bennett, the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida, as the new Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Lee Ann will serve as Deputy to AO Director James C. Duff. Lee Ann has served as the Clerk of Florida Middle Bankruptcy Court for the past 10 years and was the Deputy Clerk for three years. 

She has held various positions in the Middle District of Florida since 1991. She received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership from the AO in 2015.

For more information click here.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. - January 25, 2017


Click Here to view the January 2017 edition.


Updated Negative Notice Legend - Effective December 8, 2016 - December 8, 2016

As a result of the recent amendment to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9006(f), the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida has updated it's negative notice legend used in accordance with Local Rule 2002-4. The attached document shows a red line and a final version of the updated legend. All filers should begin using the updated legend immediately. Papers filed using the incorrect negative notice legend may result in an order abating.

Please Click HERE to view.

CM/ECF Maintenance - November 23, 2016

The CM/ECF application will be offline Saturday 11/26 from 10am - 5pm EST for a maintenance procedure.

During the maintenance the CM/ECF application will be offline and unavailable.


Filing Fee Increases and Changes effective December 1, 2016 - November 8, 2016

Please be aware of increases to fees included in the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Scheduled (28 U.S.C. 1930) effective December 1, 2016.

Filing fees for the following motions will increase to $181.00
Motion to Withdraw the Reference of a Case 
Motion to Compel Abandonment of Property of the Estate 
Motion for Relief from the Automatic Stay 
Motion to Sell Property of the Estate Free and Clear of Liens under 11 U.S.C. § 363(f) 

Exemplification fee for any document will increase to $22.00.

CD reproduction of recording of proceedings fee will increase to $31.

Filing fees for filing Amendments to Schedules D and E/F, list of creditors or mailing matrix will increase to $31.00.

Fee for conducting a search of the bankruptcy court records will increase to $31.00.

Filing or indexing a paper not in a pending case or proceeding, including registering a judgment from another district will increase to $47.00.


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers: Chapter 13 Motion Practice - November 8, 2016

The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court’s training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. Judge McEwen’s special guests for this program are Chapter 13 Trustees:

Jon Waage and Kelly Remick

Please Click HERE to view.

The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available - October 25, 2016

Click Here to view the October 2016 edition.


CLOSING OF UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TAMPA DIVISION DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW - October 6, 2016

The United States Bankruptcy Court Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando Divisions will be CLOSED on Friday, October 7, 2016.

All court hearings scheduled during this period are cancelled. Attorneys and the public will NOT be able to conduct routine business in person at the United States Bankruptcy Court Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando Divisions. The court will also be CLOSED on Monday, October 10, 2016, in observance of Columbus Day.

The court is expected to resume normal business operations on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The public is advised to continue to check the court’s website at www.flmb.uscourts.gov and listen to all local news broadcasts for information on the status of federal court operations in each Division.


CLOSING OF UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA JACKSONVILLE AND ORLANDO DIVISIONS DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW - October 5, 2016

The United States Bankruptcy Court Jacksonville and Orlando Divisions will be CLOSED on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, 2016.

All court hearings scheduled during this period are cancelled. Attorneys and the public will NOT be able to conduct routine business in person at the United States Bankruptcy Court Jacksonville and Orlando Divisions. Additionally, the Office of the United States Trustee has cancelled ALL Section 341 meetings of creditors scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Jacksonville and Orlando Divisions. The court will also be CLOSED on Monday, October 10, 2016, in observance of Columbus Day.

The court is expected to resume normal business operations on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The public is advised to continue to check the court’s website at www.flmb.uscourts.gov and listen to all local news broadcasts for information on the status of federal court operations in each Division.


Updated Negative Notice List - October 4, 2016

The Court has updated its Negative Notice List, posted on the Court's external website. The update addresses negative notice in adversary proceedings. Because negative notice is required in adversary proceedings, the term "permissive" was removed from the title of the list as well. The adversary section list items excepted from the negative notice requirement. Negative notice for items included on the list for bankruptcy cases remains permissive. You may view the updated list by clicking here.

We have received reports that when using Internet Explorer, the updated list, dated October 3, 2016, does not display. If you have this issue, you may need to clear your cookies and cache or use an alternative browser.


Jacksonville Division Closed - Friday, September 2, 2016. - September 1, 2016

Due to inclement weather, the Jacksonville Division will be closed on Friday, September 2, 2016.


Tropical Storm Hermine - Court to Remain Open - August 31, 2016

Please be advised that the Clerk's office in all staffed divisions will remain open on Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Friday, September 2, 2016. All hearings and meetings of creditors will continue as scheduled. Should conditions warrant closure or cancelation of hearings, the Court's website will be updated and an announcement will be broadcasted via email and the Court's Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program For New Bankruptcy Lawyers - August 18, 2016

The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court’s training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. Judge McEwen’s special guest for this program is: Thomas Newcomb Hyde, Esq.
Program Title: Professionalism Standards and Resolution Of Professionalism Complaints.

Please Click HERE to view.

CM/ECF Maintenance Cancelled - August 9, 2016

CANCELLED - These upgrades are being rescheduled to a later date to be determined.
During the weekends of August 20 and August 27, upgrades to core IT infrastructure will occur. These upgrades are expected to take place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. The CM/ECF systems will be off line during this maintenance window.


Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee Solicits Proposals for New or Revised Local Rules - August 1, 2016

The Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee invites interested parties, including members of the Bar and Court employees, to submit their suggestions, comments, and proposals for proposed new Local Rules or revisions to our current Local Rules. Suggestions should be submitted no later than September 15, 2016.

You may click the link below to submit recommendations to the committee.
http://pacer.flmb.uscourts.gov/localrules/comments-with-form.asp


Pilot Telephonic Appearance Bridge for Chief Judge Williamson and Judge Colton - July 19, 2016

The Court is conducting a pilot project using a new telephonic appearance conference bridge. Effective August 1, 2016, those appearing telephonically at hearings before Chief Judge Williamson or Judge Colton will be required to use CourtSolutions. All persons who wish to listen to or participate in a scheduled hearing telephonically must register for a CourtSolutions account in addition to complying with newly updated Telephonic Appearance Procedures posted on the Court's external website. Those procedures may be viewed by clicking here. We encourage anyone who may wish to listen to or participate in a hearing telephonically before Chief Judge Williamson or Judge Colton to carefully review the process described in the Court's posted procedure and information contained on the CourtSolutions website which may be viewed by clicking here.

As part of its service, CourtSolutions offers hearing participants access to a Hearing Dashboard which provides a visual representation of the participants on the call, real-time information about who is speaking, the ability to "raise your hand" to be recognized by the Court and means for the Court to control the conduct of the hearing.

CourtSolutions is an independent service provider. By using CourtSolutions’ services, users are entering into a service agreement with CourtSolutions pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth on the CourtSolutions’ website and shall be solely responsible for any costs or other expenses incurred for those services provided.


Federal Bankruptcy Rule 3015 and new Rule 3015.1 Published for Public Comment - July 1, 2016


On July 1, 2016, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules published a proposed amendment to Bankruptcy Rule 3015 and a new Rule 3015.1 and requested that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  
The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on uscourts.gov.

The public comment period ends October 3, 2016.


Amendments to Local Rules effective - July 1, 2016 - June 10, 2016


The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2016.

Please click Here to view a memorandum from Hon. Caryl E. Delano summarizing the changes.

Click Here to access the new and amended Local Rules.


CM/ECF Connectivity Issues - June 6, 2016

CM/ECF is experiencing connectivity issues . The AO has a team working on the problem and hopes to have it resolved shortly. The web site will be updated as information becomes available.


For Our Subscriber Services: - April 29, 2016

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Q & A* WITH OUR NEWEST BANKRUPTCY COURT JUDGE - May 20, 2016

The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2016, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court’s training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. Judge McEwen’s special guest for this program is: HONORABLE ROBERTA A. COLTON.

Please Click HERE to view.

Tampa Division - Chapter 13 Cases Reassigned to Judge Colton - April 26, 2016

Please be advised that effective May 1, 2016, all Tampa Division Chapter 13 Cases currently assigned to the Honorable Caryl E. Delano will be reassigned to the Honorable Roberta A. Colton. Judge Colton will conduct Tampa Division Chapter 13 hearings in Courtroom 9A, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, 801 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Any questions regarding scheduling or hearing related matters on Judge Colton's Tampa Division, Chapter 13 cases should be directed to the Courtroom Deputy Lisa Mills.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. - April 25, 2016

Click Here to view the April 2016 edition.


April is National Financial Literacy Month - April 5, 2016 - April 5, 2016


April has been designated by Congress as National Financial Literacy Month. The United States Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida are participating in this annual promotion of financial well-being and invite you to browse the following resources for acquiring good financial habits.

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Press Release - New Judge Appointed in Orlando - April 1, 2016 - April 4, 2016

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Pending Changes [Revised Dollar Amounts] In Bankruptcy Forms - March 24, 2016


On April 1, 2016, automatic adjustments will be made to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, one provision in Title 28, and in the bankruptcy forms and instructions. The adjustments will apply to cases commenced on or after April 1, 2016.

Click Here for details and affected bankruptcy forms.


JUDGE McEWEN'S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS - March 16, 2016


New Proof of Claim Form:

Don’t Trust Your Luck When Going for the Gold. Learn how to accurately complete official form 410.

Please Click HERE to view.

Proposed Amended and New Local Rules - March 15, 2016

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida are considering proposed amendments to the Local Rules. The proposals are posted below for public comment commencing on March 15, 2016. The public comment period ends on April 30, 2016. When promulgated by the judges, the amended and new Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2016.
Click Here to review the proposed amendments.
Click Here to provide comments regarding the proposed amendments


Procedures Manual - March 7, 2016

The Court is pleased to announce that the first edition of our External Procedures Manual is now available on the Court's website from the Procedures page, the Attorneys drop down menu and the Filing Without an Attorney page. The manual may also be viewed by clicking - Procedures

The manual generally explains procedures uniformed district-wide, provides links to relevant parts of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, and contains check lists for items to review before filing papers with the Court. Also available are sample form motions, orders and other papers. Parties and their attorneys should use this as a reference guide. Also of note is that the sample forms are generic suggestions. Parties and their attorneys should revise them to address the unique circumstances of each case. As we move forward the manual will continue to be expanded and enhanced. We hope this new tool will prove to be helpful to all our filers.


Updated Mailing Address for the Jacksonville Division. - February 24, 2016

The mailing address for the Jacksonville Division has changed due to the relocation of the intake counter to the east side of the 3rd floor of the federal courthouse. Please note that only the suite number is changing. The new address is: United States Bankruptcy Court Jacksonville Division 300 North Hogan Street Suite 3-150 Jacksonville, Florida 32202 This new mailing address should be used in the Negative Notice legend for cases assigned to the Jacksonville division.

Please make a note of this change.


Reappointment Of Incumbent Bankruptcy Administrator - Northern District Of Alabama - February 1, 2016

The current five-year term of J. Thomas Corbett, United States Bankruptcy Administrator for the Northern District of Alabama, expires 4 December 2016. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has established a review committee to consider whether Mr. Corbett should be reappointed to a new five-year term.

Comments should be submitted to James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Comments must be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than 14 March 2016. Email and fax copies will not be considered.

Please Click HERE to view.

The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. - January 22, 2016


Click HERE to view the January 2016 edition.


Mortgage Modification Mediation Document Portal unavailable Sunday 1/10/2016 from 12:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. - January 6, 2016


The Court has received notification that the DMM Portal used for Mortgage Modification Mediation will be unavailable on Sunday 1/10/16 from 12:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for a site upgrade. According to the notification, "most of the changes are solely cosmetic and the functionality of the DMM Portal remains mostly unchanged for Servicers, Mediators, and Default Attorneys." Any questions about this update should be directed to Default Mitigation Management LLC.


Chief Justice Roberts Issues 2015 Year-End Report - January 4, 2016

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has issued his 2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, focusing on amendments made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The report is the eleventh since Roberts was appointed chief justice in 2005. For reports from previous years, visit the U.S. Supreme Court website.

Please Click HERE to view.

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