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IN ADDITION TO THE ORLANDO AND TAMPA DIVISION CLOSURES, DUE TO TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE NICOLE, THE JACKSONVILLE DIVISION AND ITS INTAKE COUNTER WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2022)


The Jacksonville division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Thursday, November 10, 2022, due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nicole.


DUE TO TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE NICOLE, THE TAMPA AND ORLANDO DIVISIONS OF THE U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA AS WELL AS BOTH DIVISIONS INTAKE COUNTERS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2022)

The Tampa and Orlando divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Thursday, November 10, 2022, due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nicole.


DUE TO TROPICAL STORM NICOLE, THE ORLANDO COURTHOUSE AND THE BANKRUPTCY COURT'S ORLANDO INTAKE WINDOW WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2022)

The Orlando division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, due to Tropical Storm Nicole.

The path of the storm is being closely monitored and information will be forthcoming if additional Orlando closures are needed and if the path of the storm will impact any other division of our Court.


MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO THE HONORABLE MICHAEL G. WILLIAMSON, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE (Posted: Monday, November 7, 2022)

Judge Williamson The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is deeply saddened to announce that the Hon. Michael G. Williamson passed away on November 3, 2022. For more than two decades, Judge Williamson a brilliant writer and thinker with a keen sense of humor served the Middle District of Florida with honor and distinction, including as its Chief Judge from 2015 to 2019. Judge Williamson will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in the Middle District of Florida.

A 1976 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Judge Williamson practiced law in Orlando for two decades. As an attorney with a state-wide Chapter 11 practice, he was known for his professionalism and civility.

In 2000, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Judge Williamson to the bankruptcy bench in Tampa. As a judge, Judge Williamson fulfilled his vocation as a writer, speaker, and educator. During his twenty-two years on the bench, Judge Williamson authored more than 220 reported decisions, spoke at more than 280 seminars, and authored a Practical Evidence Manual, a go-to resource for Middle District bankruptcy practitioners. Judge Williamson also served as a co-author of West's Bankruptcy Law Manual since 2013 and as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law since 2014. Judge Williamson's influence on the practice of bankruptcy law in the State of Florida, and nationally, cannot be overstated.

All the while, Judge Williamson maintained his commitment to the attorneys who practice in the Middle District of Florida. For over two decades, Judge Williamson was a Master in the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court, serving as the Inn's President in 2004. From 2016 to 2019, Judge Williamson served as a Judicial Board Member of the Tampa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. And he continued to serve on the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Judge Williamson is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. He was the first recipient of The Florida Bar Business Law Section's Distinguished Lifetime Service Award, and in October 2022, Judge Williamson received the Judge William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award, a national award presented annually by the American Bankruptcy Institute in recognition of a bankruptcy judge's dedication to the insolvency community.

Judge Williamson was also instrumental in developing the Rule of Law abroad. He has assessed commercial laws in Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. And he has taught principles of insolvency law to lawyers and judges in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Georgia, Bahrain, and Ukraine. But Judge Williamson is perhaps best known for his work in Afghanistan, where, over the course of a decade, he drafted a new bankruptcy law from scratch and oversaw its enactment into law.

Judge Williamson's passing is a great loss to his wife, Linda, their family and friends, and to his colleagues and the attorneys who appeared before him. In his honor, the United States flags at the Middle Districts courthouses will be flown at half-staff this week.


THE COURT'S LATEST COURT CONNECTION NEWSLETTER IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022)

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CM/ECF PLANNED OUTAGE: MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2022 (Posted: Friday, October 21, 2022)

Due to scheduled maintenance, the CM/ECF application will be offline and unavailable from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022.


DUE TO HURRICANE IAN, ALL DIVISIONS OF THE U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA AS WELL AS ALL INTAKE COUNTERS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2022)

All divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Friday, September 30 due to Hurricane Ian.


DUE TO HURRICANE IAN, THE TAMPA AND JACKSONVILLE DIVISIONS OF THE U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA AS WELL AS BOTH DIVISION'S INTAKE COUNTERS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2022)

The Tampa and Jacksonville divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Friday, September 30 due to Hurricane Ian.


DUE TO HURRICANE IAN, THE JACKSONVILLE COURTHOUSE AND THE BANKRUPTCY COURT'S JACKSONVILLE INTAKE WINDOW WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2022)

The Jacksonville division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday due to Hurricane Ian.


DUE TO HURRICANE IAN, ORLANDO COURTHOUSE AND THE BANKRUPTCY COURT'S ORLANDO INTAKE WINDOW WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2022)

The Orlando division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to Hurricane Ian.

The path of the storm is being closely monitored and information will be forthcoming if the path of the storm will impact the Jacksonville division of our Court.


DUE TO HURRICANE IAN, TAMPA COURTHOUSE AND THE BANKRUPTCY COURT'S TAMPA INTAKE WINDOW WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (Posted: Monday, September 26, 2022)

The Tampa division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday due to Hurricane Ian.

The path of the storm is being closely monitored and information will be forthcoming if the path of the storm will impact the other two divisions of our Court.


UPDATES TO THE COURT'S ACCOMPANYING ORDERS LIST AND NEGATIVE NOTICE LIST (Posted: Monday, August 15, 2022)
  1. The Court maintains an Accompanying Orders List of the types of motions or applications that do not require a hearing (a) for which the moving party may submit an order when the motion or application is filed, and (b) for which the Court will enter a form order. Effective August 15, 2022, the Court has approved the following revisions to Accompanying Orders List:
    • Application for Compensation or Reimbursement of Expenses by any entity if the request does not exceed $1,000 [any chapter]
    • Motion for Order Confirming Absence of the Automatic Stay under 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(4) [if debtor had two or more pending cases in the prior year and a party in interest does not move to impose the automatic stay within 30 days after the filing of the current case]
  2. The Court also maintains a Negative Notice List of the types of motions and applications that may be served using the negative notice procedure permitted by Local Rule 2002-4. Effective August 15, 2022, the Court has approved the following revision to the Negative Notice List:
    • Chapter 12/13 Motion for Order Confirming the Automatic Stay is Terminated under 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)
Attorneys and their staff should frequently review the Accompanying Orders List and the Negative Notice List to ensure they are following the correct procedure.

Click HERE to view the revised Accompanying Orders List.

Click HERE to view the revised Negative Notice List.


LOCAL RULES LAWYERS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE SOLICITS PROPOSALS FOR NEW OR REVISED LOCAL RULES (Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2022)

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, 2022.

Click HERE to submit recommendations to the Committee.


THE COURT'S LATEST COURT CONNECTION NEWSLETTER IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (Posted: Friday, July 29, 2022)

Click HERE to view the July 2022 edition.


JUDGE MCEWEN'S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG LAWYERS (Posted: Friday, July 22, 2022)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled virtually for Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from Noon to 1:15 pm by Zoom. Login Information will be provided to the first 100 who RSVP. Judge McEwen's special guest for this program is: Dr. Ruediger Mueller, President and Co-Founder of TCMI, INC., Management Consulting for Corporate Renewal.

Program Title: HOW TO AVOID STORMY SEAS PART II: PROFIT & LOSS FORECASTING FOR PROVING LONG TERM FEASIBILITY & CREATING A GOOD PLAN

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


AVAILABILITY OF BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP POSITION IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA AT MIAMI (Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022)

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 Southern District of Florida at Miami. Please note all applications must be submitted by potential nominees to the Circuit Executive's Office and must be received by July 22, 2022.

Click HERE to view the full notice.


AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL RULES EFFECTIVE - JULY 1, 2022 (Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2022)

The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2022.

Please
Click HERE to view a memorandum from Judge Lori V. Vaughan summarizing the changes.

Click HERE to access the new and amended Local Rules.


Updates to the Court's Negative Notice List, Accompanying Orders List, and Procedure Manual (Posted: Monday, May 2, 2022)

The Court has posted its revised Negative Notice List and Accompanying Orders List, effective May 2, 2022.

Updates to NN List: (a) Motions for Relief from Stay that include a request for prospective relief are no longer authorized to be filed on negative notice; and (b) only the Trustee may submit an order modifying a Chapter 12 or a Chapter 13 plan.

Updates to the Accompanying Orders List include: (a) Application for Compensation that does not exceed $1,000 (for requests exceeding $1,000, the negative notice provisions of Local Rule 2002-4 and as set forth in the Court's Negative Notice List apply); and (b) Motion for Order Confirming Termination of Automatic Stay in Chapter 13 under Paragraph 9 of the Court's Administrative Order Governing Procedures for Chapter 13 Cases and Local Rule 4001-1(c)(2)(B).

To view the Court's revised lists, use the following links:

Click HERE to view the Court's updated Negative Notice List.
Click HERE to view the Court's updated Accompanying Orders List.

Updates to the Court's Procedure Manual:

Telephonic Appearances Click HERE
Motion for Relief from Stay- Chapter 7 Click HERE
Motion for Relief from Co-debtor Stay Click HERE


THE COURT'S LATEST COURT CONNECTION NEWSLETTER IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2022)

Click HERE to view the April 2022 edition.


JUDGE MCEWEN'S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG LAWYERS (Posted: Monday, April 18, 2022)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled virtually for Thursday, May 19, 2022, from Noon to 1:15 pm by Zoom. Login Information will be provided to the first 100 who RSVP. Judge McEwen's special guest for this program is: Dr. Ruediger Mueller, President and Co-Founder of TCMI, INC., Management Consulting for Corporate Renewal.

Program Title: HOW TO AVOID STORMY SEAS: FORECASTING CASH FLOW FOR SMOOTH SAILING UNDER SUNNY SKIES

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL RULES AND COMMENT FORM (Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2022)

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 29, 2022. The public comment period ends on April 29, 2022. When promulgated by the judges, the amended Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2022.

Attorneys and parties who appear before the Court are encouraged to review the proposed amendments. The Court appreciates all comments and will consider them prior to the promulgation of the new and amended Local Rules.

Click HERE to review the proposed amended rules.

Click HERE to provide comments regarding the proposed amendments.


JUDGE JASON A. BURGESS AND JUDGE TIFFANY GEYER SWORN IN AS MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA BANKRUPTCY JUDGES (Posted: Friday, March 25, 2022)

ORLANDO, FL - The Honorable Jason A. Burgess and the Honorable Tiffany Geyer were recently sworn in as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida's newest bankruptcy judges.

Click HERE to view the press release.


NEXTGEN CM/ECF PLANNED OUTAGE: MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 5, 2022 (Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2022)

Due to scheduled maintenance, the NextGen CM/ECF application will be offline and unavailable from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022.


JUDGE MCEWEN'S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG LAWYERS (Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2022)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled virtually for Thursday, March 3, 2022, from Noon to 1:15 pm by Zoom. Login Information will be provided to the first 100 who RSVP. Judge McEwen's special guests for this program are: Christopher Emden, Attorney for the Department of Justice and Charles Stohlman, Esquire.

Program Title: TALKING TAX PART II: FROM THE DEBTOR'S PERSPECTIVE

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


NEXTGEN CM/ECF PLANNED OUTAGE: MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 12, 2022 (Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2022)

Due to scheduled maintenance, the NextGen CM/ECF application will be offline and unavailable from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022.


THE COURT'S LATEST COURT CONNECTION NEWSLETTER IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (Posted: Monday, January 31, 2022)

Click HERE to view the January 2022 edition.


JUDGE MCEWEN'S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS (Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2021)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled virtually for Wednesday, December 29, 2021, from Noon to 1:15 pm by Zoom. Login Information will be provided to the first 100 who RSVP. Judge McEwen's special guests for this program is: Christopher Emden, Attorney for the Department of Justice and the Program Moderator is: Charles Stohlman, Esquire.

Program Title: TALKING TAX PART I: FROM THE IRS'S PERSPECTIVE

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2021 - AMENDMENTS TO THE FEDERAL RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (Posted: Friday, December 3, 2021)

Congress has taken no action on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate and Bankruptcy Procedure adopted by the Supreme Court and transmitted to Congress on April 14, 2021. Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, the rules memorandum took effect on December 1, 2021.

Click HERE to view the Current Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Click HERE to view the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.


UNITED STATES TRUSTEE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO CHAPTER 11 PERIODIC REPORTS - EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 30, 2021 (Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2021)

The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) has posted updated versions of the UST Form 11-MOR, Monthly Operating Reports ("MOR") and UST Form 11-PCR, Post-confirmation Reports ("PCR") on its website. The new forms apply to all Chapter 11 cases, other than small business cases and subchapter V cases.

For important information regarding the new forms, please visit https://www.justice.gov/ust/chapter-11-operating-reports.

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


JUDGES GRACE E. ROBSON AND JACOB. A BROWN SWORN IN AS MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA BANKRUPTCY JUDGES (Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021)

JACKSONVILLE, FL - On November 3, 2021, the Honorable Grace E. Robson and the Honorable Jacob A. Brown were sworn in as the newest bankruptcy judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Click HERE to view the press release.


PUBLIC NOTICE - REAPPOINTMENT OF CHIEF BANKRUPTCY JUDGE CARYL E. DELANO, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE, MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA (Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2021)

The current 14-year term of The Honorable Caryl E. Delano, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa, is due to expire on June 24, 2022. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is considering whether to reappoint Chief Bankruptcy Judge Delano to a new 14-year term of office. Under reappointment, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Delano 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 Chief Bankruptcy Judge Delano to a new 14-year term of office in Tampa. Comments must be received no later than December 16, 2021.

Click HERE to view the Public Notice.


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