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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.
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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.


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.
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For Our Subscriber Services: - April 29, 2016
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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
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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.

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

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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.
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Court Closure - December 24, 2015 at 12 noon - December 18, 2015
In addition to the regularly scheduled closure on the Federal Holidays of December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016, all Divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, will also be closed for regular business beginning at noon on Thursday, December 24, 2015.


CM/ECF Forms Available: - December 1, 2015
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida would like to remind you that revised Official Forms went into effect today, December 1, 2015. All filers should use the new revised forms on December 1, 2015 for all newly filed cases and any initially filed schedules and statements filed on or after today. For additional information, please consult the forms update web page at http://www.flmb.uscourts.gov/forms/december-form-changes/
CM/ECF Updates were completed last night. Some filers where unable to file papers via CM/ECF this morning. That matter is now resolved and all CM/ECF users should have their usual access. Should you experience any difficulties accessing CM/ECF, please report any issues you experience to the Court's Help Desk via the following link. https://ecf.flmb.uscourts.gov/training/support.htm


CM/ECF Unavailable - Monday, November 30, 2015, 6 p.m. to 12 midnight. - November 13, 2015
To apply updates necessary for the December 1, 2015 substantial Official Forms changes, CM/ECF will be unavailable beginning on Monday, November 30 at 6 p.m. and will not be available for use until at 12 a.m. (Midnight) on Tuesday, December 1. No other programs will be affected.


Telephone Maintenance in Orlando is Complete - November 9, 2015
Orlando Division Phones are now working properly.


Telephone Maintenance in Orlando Division - November 9, 2015
Because of maintenance, calls will not be able to be received for a short period this morning in the Orlando Division. Should you have an emergency, please call 407-237-8080. As soon as phones are working properly, we will update the website.


Reappointment of Incumbent Federal Public Defender - Middle District of Florida - November 6, 2015
Please review the Public Notice and submit comments to James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Comments must be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than 21 December 2015.
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Scam Targets Bankruptcy Filers - October 26, 2015
Phone scammers are targeting bankruptcy filers in several states, using personal information from filings and posing as attorneys to get intended victims to immediately wire money to satisfy debt. Consumers receiving this kind of call are advised to hang up and contact their bankruptcy attorney as soon as possible. Do not give any personal or financial account information to the caller. Click here to read the U.S. Courts official announcement.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available - October 26, 2015
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National Pro Bono Celebration Week from October 25, 2015 to October 31, 2015 - October 25, 2015
In conjunction with the National Pro Bono Celebration Week please see the attached article from The Tampa Tribune submitted by Judge McEwen. The Court appreciates those attorneys who have contributed to Pro Bono efforts throughout the year.
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Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers - October 23, 2015
Program Title: Best Practices for Bankruptcy Paralegals.
The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law* is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 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. Bankruptcy paralegals are also invited and encouraged to attend.
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Reappointment Of Incumbent Federal Public Defender - Southern District of Florida At Miami - October 16, 2015
Please review the Public Notice and submit comments to James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Comments must be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than 30 November 2015.
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Official Bankruptcy Forms Update - Effective 12/1/2015 - October 6, 2015
Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted, and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015. Attorneys and Bankruptcy Petition Preparers should use the revised Official Forms for all cases to be filed on or after December 1, 2015. Those who use petition preparation software are advised to contact their provider for updated software. The revised forms and other related information can be found on the U.S. Courts website at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/pending-rules-amendments/pending-changes-bankruptcy-forms.


REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGE PAUL W. BONAPFEL - NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA - September 18, 2015
The current 14-year term of office of The Honorable Paul W. Bonapfel, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta, is due to expire on 9 April 2016. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit presently is considering whether to reappoint Judge Bonapfel to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals.
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FORECLOSURE WARS(Rev.): Lessons from experienced JEDTIs - August 19, 2015
The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law* is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 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.
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Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee Solicits Proposals for New or Revised Local Rules - August 18, 2015
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, 2015.

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


Official Bankruptcy Filing Statistics Released 12-month period ending June 30, 2015 - August 1, 2015
Nationally, bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2015 fell 12% when compared to the same time period last year. Filings for Florida Middle fell 13.8% during this time period. Currently, Florida Middle is the fourth busiest bankruptcy court in terms of total filings and ranks second in the total number of business filings. 18.5% of our cases are filed without an attorney.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. - July 30, 2015
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Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing-DeBN - June 26, 2015
Effective Monday, June 29, 2015, the Court will begin implementation of a new beneficial and free program titled, Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing, also known as DeBN. Debtor's wishing to receive electronic notification of court generated notices and orders the same day they are entered on the docket, will be able to do so by simply filing out a request form. Attorney's may file the request form electronically for their debtor's.
DeBN is a voluntary service, which does not require the debtor to have a PACER login and does not require an enrollment fee.
For more information on DeBN, please click HERE.


Fall Judicial Intership Announcement - June 15, 2015
The United States Bankruptcy Judges for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, are currently accepting applications to fill 2 intern positions for the fall of 2015. Application Deadline: Must be received by July 10, 2015 or Until Filled. Please refer to announcement for more information.
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JUDGE McEWEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS - June 3, 2015
The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law* is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 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.

MONTHLY OPERATING REPORTS: ARE THEY “MAKE WORK” OR, ALTERNATIVELY, VALUABLE TOOLS FOR FINANCIAL REORGANIZATION?

*Note: Chapter 11 Debtors' counsel are strongly encouraged to invite to this free informational program client representatives responsible for completing MORs.
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New Amended Administrative Order Requiring Photo Identification by Unrepresented Parties - June 1, 2015
Effective June 1, 2015, every unrepresented party, including debtor(s) wishing to file a voluntary bankruptcy petition and petitioning creditor(s) wishing to file an involuntary petition in any division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, must provide acceptable photo identification at the time of filing, and the required debtor(s) or petitioning creditor(s)signatures on the petition.
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Amendments to Local Rules effective - July 1, 2015. - June 1, 2015
The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2015. A brief summary of the revisions is available by clicking one of the links below.
Click here to access the amended Local Rules.
Please Click HERE to view.


Bankruptcy Judgeship Position in the Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta. - May 29, 2015
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 Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta.
For further details, click here to see the announcement


Bankruptcy Judgeship Position in the Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham. - May 29, 2015
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 Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham.
For further details, click here to see the announcement.


E-Orders in CM/ECF. - May 4, 2015
As of today, all divisions have transitioned to E-Orders in CM/ECF. The court has prepared an electronic learning module for our CM/ECF users which may be viewed using the following link: Learning Module Any CM/ECF user who has designated filing agents, will need to make adjustments within CM/ECF to provide their filing agent with access to submit orders on your behalf. To assist with this process, please follow the steps outlined in the attached document. CMECF eOrders Process for External Users Finally, an updated Style Guide providing revised order formatting for CM/ECF E-Orders is now posted on the Court's website and may be viewed by clicking Here.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. - April 16, 2015
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Availability of a Bankruptcy Judge Position In The Middle District of Florida at Orlando. - April 10, 2015
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Dakota. The position will have its duty station in Orlando, Florida, for the first five years of the term and thereafter as determined by the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy Pilot Program.

For further details see the Public Notice of Appointment of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, the Application for United States Bankruptcy Judgeship and the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy Pilot Program.


JUDGE McEWEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS - April 2, 2015
The next session of Judge McEwen’s mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Thursday April 2, 2015, 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.
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Proposed Amended and New Local Rules - March 9, 2015
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 9, 2015. The public comment period ends on April 24, 2015. When promulgated by the judges, the amended and new Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2015.
Click here to review the proposed amendments.
Click here to provide comments regarding the proposed amendments.


Reappointment of Judge Margaret H. Murphy - Northern District of Georgia - February 16, 2015
The current 14-year term of office of The Honorable Margaret H. Murphy, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta, is due to expire on 18 October 2015. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit presently is considering whether to reappoint Judge Murphy to a new 14-year term of office.
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Reappointment of Judge John S. Dalis - Southern District of Georgia - February 16, 2015
The current 14-year term of office of The Honorable John S. Dalis, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Georgia at Brunswick, is due to expire on 13 October 2015. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit presently is considering whether to reappoint Judge Dalis to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals.
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Alabama Bankruptcy Judge Announcement - February 4, 2015
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit announces the availability of a bankruptcy judgeship in the Southern District of Alabama. Please click to review the announcements and qualifications.
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CM/ECF Server Maintenance - February 3, 2015
Server maintenance on the CM/ECF server will occur on the morning of Saturday, February 21, 2015 beginning at 8 a.m. As a result, CM/ECF will be unavailable to both internal and external users from 8 a.m. until about 12 noon. No other programs will be affected.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available - January 19, 2015
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Negative Notice List - December 21, 2014
The Negative Notice Document list has been updated.

Please Click HERE or go to our CODE, ORDERS & Rules section.


The Judicial Conference Advisory Comittees posted proposed amendments to Bankruptcy and Civil Rules - December 1, 2014
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed rules and related information are posted on the Judiciary's website at: http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx


Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee Solicits Proposals for New or Revised Local Rules - December 1, 2014
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 30, 2014. You may click the link below to submit recommendations to the committee. http://pacer.flmb.uscourts.gov/localrules/comments-with-form.asp


Court Closure - December 1, 2014
Pursuant to Administrative Orders FLMB-2014-7 and FLMB 2014-8 , in addition to the regularly scheduled closure on the Federal Holidays of December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015, all Divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, will also be closed for regular business on Friday, December 26, 2014 and Friday, January 2, 2015.


Reappointment Of Incumbent Federal Public Defender - Northern District of Alabama - December 1, 2014
Please review the Public Notice and submit comments to James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Comments must be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than 16 January 2015.
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The Top 10 Court Websites of 2014
The US Bankruptcy Court, Middle Florida website was named one of the Top 10 Court Websites of 2014 by FACT (Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology- A Special Committee of the National Association for Court Management) at their annual July 2014 NACM conference held in Scottsdale, AZ. Florida Middle was the only federal court named to this honor. For more information on this award, click on the FACT “ e Badge ” on the lower right of the court site.


New Administrative Order Requiring Photo Identification by Unrepresented Parties
Effective September 1, 2014, every unrepresented party, including debtors wishing to file a voluntary bankruptcy petition and petitioning creditors wishing to file an involuntary petition in any division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, must provide acceptable photo identification at the time of filing. In addition, any individual filing a petition on behalf of an unrepresented party also must provide acceptable photo identification at the time of filing. Failure to supply acceptable photo identification will result in an immediate hearing before the Court to determine whether the Clerk should accept the papers.
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Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers
The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to Bankruptcy will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Topic: Best Practices, Summary Judgment.
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Judges McEwen's Mentoring Program For New Bankruptcy Lawyers
The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2014, 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.
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The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available

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Permissive Use of Negative Notice List
Effective July 1, 2014, the Court has revised the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List.
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The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2014
A brief summary of the revisions is available by clicking on the link
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Reappointment Notice
Reappointment of Bankruptcy Administrator Teresa R. Jacobs, Middle District of Alabama.


Change in Assignment of Volusia County from Jacksonville Division to Orlando Division
The Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved a revision to Local Rule 1071-1 Bankruptcy Court Divisions. The revision moves Volusia County from the Jacksonville Division to the Orlando Division. Amended Local Rule 1071-1 takes effect on August 1, 2014.
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Attorney Noticing of Hearings Training Module
Attorney Noticing of Hearings is live in all divisions beginning on June 9, 2014. The following is a link to a training module prepared by the court to provide instructional information.

Click Here to view the module.



Amendments to Local Rules - June 2, 2014

The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2014. A brief summary of the revisions is available by clicking one of the links below.



Click here to access the amended Local Rules



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Trustee Noticing Training Module - May 21, 2014

Trustee Noticing of Hearings is live in all divisions as of May 14, 2014. The following is a link to a training module prepared by the court to provide instructional information. Click here to view.



Revised Chapter 13 Model Plan in Ft. Myers and Tampa | Required as of June 1, 2014
As of May 1, 2014, the judges of the Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions have approved revisions to the Chapter 13 Model Plan. The revised Model Plan must be used by all Chapter 13 debtors in cases filed on or after June 1, 2014.

Paragraph 5 of the revised Model Plan provides that secured creditors who have filed proofs of claim prior to the claims bar date or within 14 days from the date of an order converting or dismissing the case, whichever date is earlier, shall have an administrative lien on plan payments paid by the debtor to the Chapter 13 Trustee prior to confirmation.

The subsections of Paragraph 5 designate the treatment of secured creditors. In particular, please note Paragraph 5(G), (H) and (I) of the Model Plan. In 5(G), the debtor may elect to pay secured claims/leased claims direct to the creditor. The automatic stay and any codebtor stay are terminated in rem upon the filing of the Plan and the debtor’s state law contract rights are not abrogated. In 5(H), the debtor may designate secured claims that are not provided for under the plan. The automatic stay and any codebtor stay are terminated, the debtor’s liability to the creditor is not discharged under the plan, and the debtor’s state law contract rights are not abrogated. In 5(I), the debtor may elect to surrender secured/leased property. The automatic stay is terminated in rem as to the secured creditor.

Revisions have also been made to the following form orders to make them consistent with the revised Model Plan: Order Establishing Duties of Debtor, etc., the Order Granting Trustee’s Motion to Dismiss, and the Order Governing Procedures After Conversion to Chapter 7.
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Appointment of Chapter 13 Standing Trustee
The United States Trustee seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment as a standing trustee to administer cases filed under chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code. The appointment, located in Ruskin (Tampa), FL, is for cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.
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The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available
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Uniform State-Wide Procedures
On February 27, 2014, a state-wide summit was held in Orlando to discuss uniform procedures to adopt in the respective mortgage modification mediation (MMM) programs operating in Florida’s Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of the United States Bankruptcy Court.
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Bankruptcy Filing Fee Increases Effective June 1, 2014
The Judicial Conference of the United States met on March 11, 2014, and approved changes to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule effective June 1, 2014. A summary of those changes follow:

The fee for filing a complaint increases to $350.00.

The following administrative fees are increased to the totals noted:
- For the filing of a petition under Chapter 7, 12, or 13, $75.00.
- For the filing of a petition under Chapter 9, 11, or 15, $550.00.
- When a motion to divide a joint case under Chapter 7, 12, or 13 is filed, $75.00.
- When a motion to divide a joint case under Chapter 11 is filed, $550.00.

As a consequence the increases effective June 1, 2014, the full fee for filing a:
Chapter 7 will be $335.00
Chapter 9 will be $1,717.00
Chapter 11 will be $1,717.00
Chapter 12 will be $275.00
Chapter 13 will be $310.00
Chapter 15 will be $1,717.00.


Local Rules Amendments - March 6, 2014
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 for public comment commencing on March 5, 2014. The public comment period ends on April 18, 2014. When promulgated by the judges, the amended and new Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2014.


Order Governing Administrative Orders
Pursuant to the Order Governing Administrative Orders, Administrative Order FLMB-2007-1, a periodic review of outstanding administrative orders is needed to archive unneeded orders and confirm the enforceability of extant orders. This Order will update the outstanding administrative orders.
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Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation Summit & Workshop February 27 & 28, 2014 in Orlando

The statewide Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation Summit will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in the jury assembly room of the Federal Courthouse in Orlando. Practitioners will discuss the programs in each district, focusing on what is working well and on possible efficiencies that could be implemented. Even if you are unable to attend, you can participate in the discussion and provide comments by visiting the Summit's website at www.mortgagemodsummit.com.

We have also provided you with a link to a Summary of responses received from survey takers to the jointly conducted survey on mortgage mitigation mediation programs offered in the three federal bankruptcy courts in Florida.

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2013 Year-End Report on Judiciary: Help Needed to Repair Sequestration's Damage
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Reappointment of Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Florida at Tallahassee
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Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2013


Amendment to Fed R Bankr P 1007(b)(7) effective December 1, 2013

Effective December 1, 2013, the amendment to Fed. R. Bankr. P 1007(b)(7) provides an individual debtor the option of having an approved personal financial management course provider notify the court directly that the debtor has completed a post-petition instructional course concerning personal financial management. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will allow, and encourages, approved financial management course providers to file certificates electronically through CM/ECF. Approved course provider applicants will need to submit a limited filer registration form on-line. If agencies need multiple filing logins, each individual
course provider should submit a registration form.


To review information provided to personal financial management course providers by the Administrative Office of the US Courts-DTS-Office of Systems Deployment and Support-October 2013, please click click here.


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Filing Fee Increases and Changes effective December 1, 2013
The following actions have been taken by the Judicial Conference regarding filing fee increases and changes effective December 1, 2013.

- Under the Bankruptcy Miscellaneous Fee Schedule a new fee of $176.00 has been established for the filing of motions for the sale of property free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. § 363(f).

- The Judicial Conference increased the records retrieval fee in all federal courts by $11.00 (from $53.00 to $64.00) for the first box requested from a Federal Records Center, and created a new fee of $39.00 for each additional box requested.

- Also, under the Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule the Conference increased the appellate filing fee (referred to as the "docketing fee" in the schedule) from $450.00 to $500.00.

- Finally, the Conference amended the fee language for checks returned for insufficient funds, noting that the prior fee language - which applied only to "checks" - was outdated, as check payments have now largely been superseded by electronic payments. Please note that there is no change to the amount of this fee.


Bankruptcy Judges mentoring program for new bankruptcy lawyers
The next session of the Bankruptcy Judges' mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 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.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available
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National Pro Bono Celebration - October 20 - 26, 2013
In conjunction with the National Pro Bono Celebration, the Court is hosting a reception at 1 p.m. in the Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville Divisions' training rooms for attorneys who have provided pro bono assistance on bankruptcy matters and who have RSVP'd for the reception.


Court Operations during the Government Shutdown - Update
Due to the on-going government shutdown and unless new funding is approved, beginning on October 18, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida and its Clerk's office will only perform essential work of the court.


Permissive Use of Negative Notice List
Effective October 15, 2013, the Court has revised the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List to include Applications for Final Compensation in Chapter 11 cases. Note that all fee applications must be accompanied by the Chapter 11 Fee Application Cover Page, available on the Court's website.
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Adjusted Presumptively Reasonable Fee Chart - Tampa Division
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Operations in the Event of a Government Shutdown
Until further notice, please note that the Bankruptcy Court and Clerk's Office will continue to operate under its normal schedule, including matters set for hearing and public hours, in the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013. Section §341 meetings of creditors will also continue, as noticed.


New CM/ECF Help Desk web tool

On September 25, 2013, the Court introduced a new CM/ECF HelpDesk web tool. This tool was designed to streamline the process of locating CM/ECF related information on the Court's website and ensuring requests for assistance are routed to the members of the Clerk's Office most qualified to respond.


Click here to view the Captivate module (ELM) that covers the new HelpDesk web tool.



CM/ECF will be offline and unavailable on Sunday, September 22, from 7:30am to 10:30am as a result of a system upgrade


Tampa/Fort Myers Congressional Reception held in the Tampa and Fort Myers courthouses
Handout by the Tampa and Fort Myers Divisions for the Tampa/Fort Myers Congressional Reception held in the Tampa and Fort Myers courthouses on September 18, 2013 - September 19, 2013
Please Click HERE to view.


Implementation of Mortgage Mitigation Mediation Survey
The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida are jointly conducting a survey on mortgage mitigation mediation programs offered in their respective courts. The survey will be open for responses from September 16 - December 2, 2013.
Please Click HERE to view.


Intermittent outages of CM/ECF and other web applications on August 17
The Administrative Office will be performing computer network maintenance on August 17. As a result, intermittent outages of CM/ECF and other web applications may occur from 10am to 2pm EST.


Judges' Mentoring Program
The next session of the Bankruptcy Judges' mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 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.


Revised Permissive Use of Negative Notice List
The Court has revised the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List effective August 1, 2013. All Divisions now permit the use of negative notice in Chapter 13 cases for motions for relief from the automatic stay as to the debtor and as to co-debtors. Further accompanying affidavits or verifications are no longer required although the movants are still permitted to submit them if they would like to establish standing or other factual issues. For motions for relief from stay not supported by affidavits or verifications the Court makes no determination on whether the movant has standing to request the relief sought by the Motion and makes no finding that the Debtor is delinquent on any obligation.


Filing Agent Implementation August 1, 2013 - July 29, 2013

Effective August 1, 2013, the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will implement the filing agent tool in CM/ECF. The filing agent user was created to assist attorneys, trustees and the Office of the U.S. Trustee with input into the CM/ECF system. Some facts about the filing agent user are as follows and are further described in the attached handout:

• The filing agent files on behalf of an attorney or trustee.
• The filing agent uses his or her own login and password.
• The filing agent may be linked to multiple attorneys and trustees.
• Filing agents are not standard user types therefore; the notice of electronic filing (NEF) and docket text will only display the attorney or trustee's name as the filer, not the filing agents.


Important to note is the attorney or trustee accepts full responsibility for any and all cases, documents and/or pleadings filed by the filing agent. Only the attorney or trustee has the ability to create a filing agent, edit permissions or deactivate a filing agent.

An electronic learning module (ELM) was created to further demonstrate the features of the filing agent tool (click here to view the ELM module). Note: Please be advised that not all functionality discussed in the ELM will mirror what you see in the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida's database.

Should you have any questions, please contact a member of the Help Desk.

FLMB Filing Agent Guide July 2013

Please Click HERE to view.


Third FLMB Quarterly Newsletter - July 19, 2013

Click on the link below to access the Court's third quarterly newsletter.

Click here to access the Newsletter


Web Site Survey Questionaire - July 8, 2013

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is in the process of revising its web site in an effort to make it more beneficial to the viewers. The received feedback is anonymous and will only be used for the purpose of making improvements to the Court web site.

To access the survey, log into CM/ECF. Select Bankruptcy, Adversary, Reports, or Utilities and click on the CLICK FOR IMPORTANT CM/ECF MESSAGES link.


Expense Reimbursement Guidelines - June 26, 2013

Consistent with Local Rule 2016-1(e) and Bankruptcy Rule 2016, this expense reimbursement guideline is intended to serve as a guide to professionals who submit employment and expense applications to the Court. Reimbursement for expenses is confined to the actual and reasonable expenses that are necessary to perform the assignment. Any application for reimbursement must be supported by documentation as appropriate.

View the guidelines

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Reappointment of Judge Michael G. Williamson - United States Bankruptcy Judge Middle District of Florida - June 5, 2013
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Reappointment of Judge C. Ray Mullins - Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Northern District of Georgia - June 5, 2013
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Amendments to Local Rules - May 31, 2013

The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2013.

View the new and amended Local Rules


Revised Permissive Use of Negative Notice List - May 23, 2013
The Court has revised the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List (see below) to include Motion to Determine Secured Status/Value Property and Motion to Determine Secured Status/Strip Lien in Chapter 11 cases and Motion to Offset Funds Filed by Trustee in Chapter 13 Cases. The revised list may be viewed here.
Please Click HERE to view.


Proposed Amended Local Rule 9019-2 (ADR); Mediation - May 12, 2013

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida are considering significant amendments to Local Rule 9019-2 (ADR); Mediation. The proposed amended local rule is posted below for public comment commencing May 14, 2013. The public comment period ends on May 28, 2013. Upon final approval by the judges, the amended local rule will be posted on June 1, 2013, with an effective date of July 1, 2013.

View the proposed amended local rule


Two new training modules available to assist attorneys and trustees service of orders - May 10, 2013


Notice of Bankruptcy Judges' Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers - May 9, 2013
Please Click HERE to view.


Filing Fee increases and changes effective May 1, 2013 - April 26, 2013

The filing fee for reopening a Chapter 9 case is increasing to $1,167.00
The filing fee for reopening a Chapter 15 case is increasing to $1,167.00
A new fee of $25.00 for each claim being transferred will be imposed.


CM/ECF v5.1 upgrade - April 21, 2013
CM/ECF is fully operational on version 5.1 and users have full access to the system.


Change of Limited Filer Filing Events - April 15, 2013

Effective April 15, 2013 the Event List for Limited Filers is changing. This list restricts the limited filers to only those events which are in line with their filing privileges. The full list of limited filer events will be located in CM/ECF under Bankruptcy Events. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk/Training Team.


Notice of change in service procedures - April 4, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013 the Clerk's office of the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court will no longer serve copies of orders to interested parties in a case. With very few exceptions it will be the responsibility of the Movant, the prevailing party or other party as directed by the Court ("Responsible Party") to serve copies of signed orders to interested parties and file a proof of service in compliance with Local Rules 7005-1, 7005-3, 9014-1 and 9072-1 and F.R.B.P. 2002, 5005, 7004 and 7005.

Click here to view the entire notice

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Presumptively Reasonable Debtor's Attorney Fee and a la carte fees - April 2, 2013

Presumptively Reasonable Debtor's Attorney Fee and a la carte fees have been adjusted pursuant to Sec. 104 of the Bankruptcy Code for all Chapter 13 cases filed in the Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions on or after April 1, 2013.

Click here to view the fees

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Judges' Quarterly Mentoring Program - March 25, 2013
Any attorney who attended the Judges' Quarterly Mentoring Program on the Means Test on 2/26/13 and has not yet received information about CLE credit, please call (813) 301-5082.


Revised Negative Notice List Effective March 25, 2013 - March 25, 2013

The Court has revised the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List (see below) to include Interim Applications for Compensation (Chapter 11) and Motions to Confirm Priority of Modified Mortgage (Chapters 7 and 13).

Click here to view the revised Negative Notice list

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Press Release - New Judge appointed in Orlando - March 5, 2013
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Proposed amendments to the Local Rules for public comment - March 1, 2013

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 on the link below for public comment commencing on March 1, 2013. The public comment period ends on April 15, 2013.


Revised Chapter 13 Model Plan in Ft. Myers and Tampa - Effective March 15, 2013 - February 28, 2013

The judges of the Ft. Myers and Tampa Divisions have approved revisions to the Chapter 13 Model Plan. The revised Model Plan must be used by all Chapter 13 debtors in cases filed on or after March 15, 2013.

The revisions to the Model Plan are highlighted in yellow. The Model Plan now requires an affirmative representation that the plan conforms to the Model Plan, and strikes non-conforming provisions not set forth in Additional Provisions, paragraph 5. In addition, the Model Plan now permits the debtor to elect when property of the estate is vested in the debtor, either at confirmation or upon the debtor's discharge or dismissal of the case. See 11 U.S.C. § 1327(b). Debtors and their counsel should give careful consideration to this election, as it may result in significant legal consequences.

Click here to view the Revised Chapter 13 Model Plan


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Evaluation Solutions, LLC and ES Appraisal Services, LLC (Jacksonville) information - February 27, 2013

Evaluation Solutions, LLC and ES Appraisal Services, LLC filed for bankruptcy pursuant to Chapter 7 on January 25, 2013, in the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division and is assigned to The Honorable Jerry A. Funk under jointly administered case number 3:13-bk-00446.

Information may be obtained through the website established by the trustee (http://www.es.creditorinfo.com).

Attorney for the Debtor is Bradley R. Markey, of the law firm Stutsman, Thames & Markey, PA. Their office is located at 50 North Laura Street, Suite 1600, Jacksonville, Florida 32202-3614, and their telephone number is 904-358-4000.

The case manager responsible for this case is Cathy Perkins. Her telephone number is 904-301-6522.

Proofs of Claim are not docketed or maintained by the Clerk's Office. BMC Group currently handles the processing of all claims in this case. A separate claim must be filed against each Debtor in which a creditor asserts a claim.

By regular US Mail:

Evaluation Solutions
c/o BMC Group, Claims Processing
P.O. Box 3020
Chanhassen, MN 55317-3020

By Messenger or overnight courier:

Evaluation Solutions, LLC
c/o BMC Group, Claims Processing
18675 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317

Electronic case filing is mandatory in the Jacksonville Division. If you are an attorney who is already registered to file electronically in another bankruptcy district and you wish to obtain a password in order to electronically file in the Middle District of Florida, you must complete an on-line Out of District ECF Registration Form which can be found by clicking the CM/ECF Registration link located on the home page of our court's website.

Please refer to http://www.es.creditorinfo.com or the Court's website.


Approved Residential Mortgage Modification Course - February 21, 2013


Notice of Bankruptcy Judge's next Jr. Lawyer Mentoring Program - February 7, 2013


Release of Chief Justice Roberts' 2012 Year End Report on the state of the Federal Judiciary - February 7, 2013
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Reappointment of John T. Laney III, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the Middle District of Georgia
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District-wide Form for Admission to List of Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediators - January 31, 2013


Rededication Ceremony for the George C. Young Federal Building - January 24, 2013
Rededication Ceremony for the George C. Young Federal Building and United States Courthouse at 400 West Washington Street, Orlando, Florida on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:30am EST. Kindly RSVP to Ms. Kelly Haynes via email at: kelly.haynes@gsa.gov

Open House for family and friends on February 8, 2013 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST - George C. Young Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 400 West Washington Street, Orlando, Florida.

Orlando's Intake will be closed at 3:00pm EST on February 8, 2013.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available
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Reappointment of Dwight H. Williams, Jr., Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Middle District of Alabama - January 18, 2013
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Proposed Rule Amendments Published for Public Comment - January 14, 2013
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The public comment period ends on February 15, 2013.


Attention: All Pro Se debtors and other unrepresented parties - January 10, 2013

During the course of a bankruptcy case or proceeding, bankruptcy court notices are mailed by the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) on behalf of the court. The BNC, which is operated by a private contractor, provides notice production and mailing services for the
court, but THE BNC IS NOT THE COURT. PLEASE DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS OR EMAIL REPLIES TO THE BNC. Documents related to a bankruptcy case or proceeding should be sent directly to the court (click here for court addresses).


Reminder of requirement to maintain email addresses in CM/ECF - December 20, 2012
The Court's CM/ECF system sends emails regarding case activity to primary and any additional email addresses that registered attorney users have entered in their CM/ECF user accounts. Often the Court receives returned or "bounced-back" emails primarily as a result of email addresses being entered incorrectly or email accounts being full or closed.
Please be advised that the Court's Local Rule 1001-2(h) states "Registration as an Electronic User constitutes: (1) waiver of the right to receive notice by first-class mail and consent to receive notice electronically; and (2) waiver of the right to service by personal service or first-class mail and consent to electronic service, except with regard to summons and complaint under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7004…"
Further, the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida implemented the Reduced Paper Module (RPM) which means that in most cases where an electronic filer is a party, only electronic notice will be sent. The court no longer sends redundant paper notices and orders with a few exceptions.
It is your responsibility to properly maintain your CM/ECF user account with up-to-date email addresses in order to receive all electronic notices timely. Additionally it is your responsibility to monitor case activity.


Holiday closures for the United States Bankruptcy Court - December 18, 2012

In addition to the regularly scheduled closures on the Federal Holidays of December 25, 2012 and January 1, 2013, all Divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, will be closed on December 24, 2012, and December 31, 2012, pursuant to Administrative Order FLMB-2012-1.

Click here to view the Administrative Order


Official Forms Changes - November 27, 2012

Official Forms B7, B9, B10 and B21 will be changed effective December 1, 2012. Copies of the new forms are available on the U.S. Courts Web site by clicking HERE.

The following is a summary of the form changes:

Form B7 Statement of Financial Affairs is amended to make the definition of "insider" consistent with the statutory definition found in the United States Bankruptcy Code. Forms B9A through B9I Notices of Bankruptcy Case Meeting of Creditors and Deadlines are amended to remind creditors not to attach the form Notice to any proof of claim or other filing in the case for privacy reasons. Form B10 Proof of Claim is amended to remind filers of attachment requirements under Rule 3001(c). A previous direction requiring a power of attorney for authorized agents has been removed. Form B21 Statement of Social Security Number of Taxpayer-Identification Number is amended to remind debtors that this form should be submitted to the court. This form and debtors' social security numbers or taxpayer-identification numbers are non-public information.


Orlando Courthouse announcements and information - November 18, 2012

Hearings scheduled on or after November 19, 2012, will be heard at the George C. Young Federal Courthouse, 6th Floor, 400 W. Washington Street, Orlando, FL.

Section 341 Meeting of Creditors scheduled on or before November 30, 2012, will be held at 135 West Central Blvd., 6th Floor, Orlando, FL.

Please continue to monitor court website for further updates.

Click here to view updated announcements and information



Filing Fee Increases effective November 21, 2012 - November 5, 2012

Please be advised that there are several fee increases that take effect on November 21, 2012. The following is a list of the fee increases.

Fee for filing a Chapter 9 case increases to *$1,213.00
Fee for filing a Chapter 11 case increases to *$1,213.00
Fee for filing a Chapter 15 case increases to *$1,213.00

Fee for filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 11 case increases to $1,167.00
Fee for filing a motion by the debtor to divide (sever) a joint Chapter 11 case increases to *$1,213.00.

Fee for converting a Chapter 7 case to a Chapter 11 increases to $922.00
Fee for converting a Chapter 13 case to a Chapter 11 increases to $932.00

*(Includes the statutory fee of $1,167 and an Administrative Fee of $46)


Bankruptcy Judges' Mentoring Program for new Bankruptcy Lawyers November 28, 2012 - October 26, 2012

The next session of the Bankruptcy Judges' mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court's training room on the 5th Floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, Tampa.

Click here for more information


Fourth FLMB Quarterly Newsletter - October 18, 2012

Click on the link below to access the Court's fourth quarter newsletter.

Click here to access the Newsletter

Please Click HERE to view.


Celebrate Pro Bono 2012 - October 18, 2012

Celebrate Pro Bono 2012! is the theme of this year's National Celebration of Pro Bono Week. During this week, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is encouraging even greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. For a list of pro bono opportunities in your area, please click HERE. To sign up to volunteer to represent a party in an adversary proceeding or contested matter through the Court's Legal Assistance Program for Low-Income Parties, please go to the Legal Assistance page of the Court's website.



Reminder of requirement to maintain email addresses in CM/ECF - October 2, 2012

The Court's CM/ECF system sends emails regarding case activity to primary and any additional email addresses that registered attorney users have entered in their CM/ECF user accounts. Often the Court receives returned or "bounced-back" emails primarily as a result of email addresses being entered incorrectly or email accounts being full or closed.

Please be advised that the Court's Local Rule 1001-2(h) states "Registration as an Electronic User constitutes: (1) waiver of the right to receive notice by first-class mail and consent to receive notice electronically; and (2) waiver of the right to service by personal service or first-class mail and consent to electronic service, except with regard to summons and complaint under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7004…"

Further, the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida implemented the Reduced Paper Module (RPM) which means that in most cases where an electronic filer is a party, only electronic notice will be sent. The court no longer sends redundant paper notices and orders with a few exceptions.

It is your responsibility to properly maintain your CM/ECF user account with up-to-date email addresses in order to receive all electronic notices timely. Additionally it is your responsibility to monitor case activity.

To update email addresses, log into CM/ECF, select Utilities and Maintain Your ECF Account and then select "email". You may update and add email addresses but may not delete your primary email address. For additional information on how to update your email address click here. Changes to your name, firm, or address information cannot be made through Maintain Your ECF Account under Utilities. You must contact the Court's Help Desk for instruction and assistance to make these changes


Corrective Action entry system (CAT/CAR)-Effective 10/1/2012 - October 1, 2012

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida has significantly revised its Corrective Action entry system (CAT/ CAR) which becomes effective Monday, October 1, 2012.
Those who file documents electronically with the Bankruptcy Court or review the CM/ECF Electronic Notification emails are encouraged to review the new Corrective Action system at the below link:

Corrective Action Review


Chapter 13 Plans - Change in Jacksonville Clerk's Office Procedure - September 18, 2012
Effective Monday, October 1, 2012, the Clerk's Office will no longer serve copies of plans or amended plans on all interested parties in bankruptcy cases, with the exception of the original plan if it is filed at the same time as the voluntary petition. If the original plan is not filed at the same time as the petition, the debtor's attorney will be responsible for serving the plan on all interested parties in the case and file a certificate of service with the Court.

This cost saving measure is being implemented as the Court moves toward a drastically reduced budget for fiscal year 2013.


Centralized Processing of Returned BNC Mail - September 14, 2012
This month, the Judiciary's Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) contractor will begin accepting, processing and securely disposing of notices that would otherwise be returned to the bankruptcy courts by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The service will eliminate nearly all manual processing of returned mail currently performed by court personnel and will provide timely notification to debtors' attorneys of returned notices.

Click here to read the entire announcement

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Reappointment of Judge William R. Sawyer (Middle District of Alabama Bankruptcy Court) - August 24, 2012
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Bankruptcy Judges Mentoring Program for new Bankruptcy Lawyers - August 24, 2012
The next session of the Bankruptcy Judges' mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court's training room on the 5th Floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse.


Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 20, 2012
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary's website at http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx. The public comment period ends February 15, 2013.


Information regarding the Republican National Convention in Tampa - August 2, 2012
Access to the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse will be very limited during the Republican National Convention ("RNC") that will be held in Tampa, Florida, during the week of August 27, 2012. No Court proceedings will be held in the Tampa Courthouse that week. Attorneys, as always, must rely on CM/ECF to file pleadings. The United States District Court has agreed to allow delivery of paperwork via their filing deposit box which will be located on the first floor of the Courthouse. The Court encourages the public to file papers through CM/ECF or by mail. For those unable to file through CM/ECF or the mail, an Administrative Order will be entered allowing filings by fax provided the original is received by 12 noon on Tuesday, September 4.


Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee Solicits Proposals for New or Revised Local Rules - July 31, 2012

Third FLMB Quarterly Newsletter - July 25, 2012

Click on the link below to access the Court's third quarterly newsletter.

Click here to access the Newsletter


Third FLMB Quarterly Newsletter - July 25, 2012
Click on the link below to access the Court's third quarterly newsletter.
Please Click HERE to view.


Notice to Customers Making Payment by Check - July 19, 2012
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.

Privacy Act - A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) stating our authority for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses which will be made of your check information, is available from our internet site at (http://www.fms.treas.gov/otcnet/index.html), or call toll free at (1-866-945-7920) to obtain a copy by mail. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.


CM/ECF Online Training Course - Update - July 12, 2012
The Court's CM/ECF Online Training Course has been updated to include seven additional recommended learning modules: Filing a Notice of Change of Address for the Debtor, Filing a Transfer of Proof of Claim. Filing a Withdrawal of a Proof of Claim and Filing a Withdrawal of a Document or Pleading. In addition, two learning modules have been updated: Filing a Notice of Change of Address for a Creditor and Filing a Motion to Avoid Lien. Refer to the Court's News and Announcements Section regularly as additional learning modules will be added over the next few months.


Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol in the Southern District of Florida - June 22, 2012
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New Password Security Standards for CM/ECF - June 20, 2012

The Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court is taking measures to improve password security in CM/ECF. Under the new standards, all CM/ECF passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters, and must include both upper- and lower-case alphabetic characters and at least one digit or special character [e.g., 0-9, @, #, $, %, &, *, +, :].

Additionally, after five invalid login attempts on a particular account, the account is locked out for five minutes. After the timeout period, if an invalid password is again given for the account, a new timeout period (one minute longer than the previous) is started. Every additional invalid password entered after a timeout will increase the duration of the next timeout.

Upon a filer's first login attempt in CM/ECF after the new standards are activated, the following message will display:

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **

Clicking the link in the message will allow the filer to change his or her password to meet the new standards.

The new standards will go into effect at close of business on June 22, 2012.

If you are not prompted upon CM/ECF login or notified via email to update password, your password is already in compliance with these guidelines.



Order Reassigning Certain Pending Tampa Division Cases - June 14, 2012


NCBJ Announces Blackshear Fellowship Opportunities for 2012 Conference - June 13, 2012
The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is now accepting applications for its Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Presidential Fellowships for minority lawyers who practice bankruptcy law. Go here for information about Judge Blackshear, the Fellowship criteria, the application form, and other information about the program: www.ncbj.org/Blackshear_Fellowship.aspx.

Named after esteemed Bankruptcy Judge Blackshear (now retired) of the Southern District of New York, the fellowship program provides both free conference registration ($900 value) and a stipend for reasonable travel/hotel expenses for five up-and-coming minority bankruptcy practitioners (with less than 10 years' experience) who wish to attend the annual conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and who otherwise meet the selection criteria. This year's conference will be held October 24-27 in San Diego at the Marriott Marquis. To view this year's conference agenda, go to www.ncbj.org/documents/2012_BROCHURE.pdf.

The deadline for submitting an application is JULY 13th. The application must be faxed to NCBJ NBA Liaison Committee Chair Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins (fax: 513-357-5420).


Opportunity to Decline Notices of Electronic Filing - June 11, 2012

Attorneys in adversary proceedings have traditionally received Notices of Electronic Filings for the adversary proceedings in which they are directly involved and for their related bankruptcy cases. On June 11, 2012, the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court will offer a new option that allows attorneys in adversary proceedings to opt out of certain e-mail notifications in the related bankruptcy case.


Click here to read the entire announcement


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Negative Notice List Revised May 25, 2012 - May 25, 2012
In light of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal's recent decision in In re McNeal, 2012 WL 116498, the Court's Permissive Use of Negative Notice List has been amended to include "Motion to Determine Secured Status/Strip Lien on Real Property (30-day notice required)" in Chapter 7 cases.

A copy of the Court's Negative Notice List may be found on the Court's website.


Availability of a Bankruptcy Judge Position In The Middle District of Florida at Orlando - May 8, 2012
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 Florida at Orlando. The basic jurisdiction of a bankruptcy judge is specified in Title 28, United States Code and explained in Title 11, United States Code, as well as in 98 Stat. 344, Pub. L. 98-353, Title I, § 120.


Retirement of The Honorable Arthur B. Briskman - April 30, 2012
On July 24, 2012, Judge Arthur B. Briskman will retire. After serving several years on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in private practice in Mobile, Alabama, Arthur Briskman was appointed as a Bankruptcy Judge on November 22, 1985. He first sat as a judge in Alabama, and, starting in 1993, in Orlando. He has served this country as a true public servant in every sense of the word every day for decades.

Judge Briskman has agreed to remain on recall status. Orlando and the Middle District have benefitted greatly from his labors and we all congratulate him on this transition.


The Honorable Alexander L. Paskay - April 30, 2012

The Honorable Alexander L. Paskay passed away (peacefully) April 27, 2012, with Mrs. Paskay (his wife of 62 years) and their sons, Steve and Rick at his side. Judge Paskay will certainly be missed by his Colleagues in this District and around the nation, together with his Court family in the Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, (Corner of Twiggs Street and Florida Avenue), 509 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

A Gathering of loved ones and friends met following the service at Stetson University College of Law, Tampa Law Center, 1700 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida.

Those wishing to honor his memory may make a contribution to one of the following:

Judge Alexander L. Paskay Endowed Scholarship Fund
Stetson University College of Law

1401 61st Street, South
Gulfport, FL 33707

Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation
P. O. Box 23827
Tampa, FL 33633-3827

LifePath Hospice Administrative Office
3010 W. Azelle Street
Tampa, FL 33609


CM/ECF Online Training Course - Update - April 20, 2012
The Court's CM/ECF Online Training Course has been updated to include two additional recommended learning modules: CM/ECF Reports and Filing a Reaffirmation. In addition, several learning modules have been repaired as a result of feedback provide by users of the Program: Filing an Objection to Proof of Claim, Filing a Plan, Filing an Amended Plan and Filing a Proof of Claim. Refer to the Court's News and Announcements Section regularly as additional learning modules will be added over the next few months.


Second FLMB Quarterly Newsletter - April 18, 2012

Click on the link below to access the Court's second quarterly newsletter.


Click here to access the Newsletter

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CM/ECF Online Training Course - Update - April 2, 2012
The Court's Debtor Attorney CM/ECF Online Training Course has been updated to include five additional recommended learning modules: Filing a Plan; Filing an Amended Plan; Filing a Motion to Avoid Lien; Filing an Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments and Filing an Application for Waiver of Filing Fee. Refer to the Court's News and Announcements Section regularly as additional learning modules will be added over the next few months.


Revised Negative Notice List Effective April 16, 2012 - April 2, 2012
The Court has revised the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List (see below) to more clearly describe those motions and papers which may be filed using negative notice as permitted by Local Rule 2002-4. In order to assist practitioners, the Negative Notice List is now categorized by bankruptcy chapter (7, 11, 12 and 13). Motions and papers that are not described on the Negative Notice List will be set for hearing or, if appropriate, granted or denied without a hearing.

Click here to the revised Negative Notice List

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April is National Financial Literacy Month - March 30, 2012
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.

Click here to browse the resources for acquiring good financial habits

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CM/ECF Online Training Course - March 16, 2012

A significant change to CM/ECF training will take place on March 19, 2012, when the Clerk's Office will introduce its new CM/ECF online training course. This course is designed to train attorneys, their staff, and other outside filers who want to file in a limited capacity. The online course replaces the training classes, which were provided at the District's divisional offices since the Court went live on CM/ECF in February 2002.


The online course is made up of a series of electronic learning modules (ELMs) broken down into training for three categories of users as follows.


Creditor Attorney - This set of ELMs should be completed by attorneys (and their staff) who primarily represent creditors, trustees and other professionals, and who are seeking full filing access to the Court's CM/ECF filing system.


Debtor Attorney - These ELMs should be completed by attorneys (and their staff) who primarily represent debtors and who are seeking full filing access to the Court's CM/ECF filing system.


Limited Filer - These ELMS should be completed by creditors and attorneys seeking to participate in the CM/ECF filing system for the limited purpose of filing Requests for Notice/Notices of Appearance, Reaffirmation Agreements, Proofs of Claim, Transfers of Claim, and other Claim related documents.


Access to the online course will be through the court's website by clicking on the online course registration tab under the CM/ECF section located in the upper right hand corner on the homepage. For those interested, the course can be viewed beginning Monday, March 19, by clicking through the online course registration tab.



Relocation of the Proposed Orders submission link effective Monday, March 12, 2012 - March 7, 2012
The location of the Proposed Orders submission link on the Court's website has changed. The link is now located on the homepage under the newly renamed heading of Electronic Filing/Submission and has been re-titled eProposed Orders. Previously, the Proposed Orders link could be found on the Court's homepage under Areas of Interest.


Amendments to the Local Rules effective March 15, 2012 - March 1 , 2012
The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved the following new and amended Local Rules, effective March 15, 2012.

Click here to view the new and amended Local Rules


New Calendaring Program - Effective Thursday, March 1st for Jacksonville Division - February 25, 2012
The Jacksonville Division will begin its transition to a new calendaring system called CHAP on Thursday, March 1, 2012. The Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions have already made the transition. While the new system offers some efficiencies and improvements in the calendaring arena, it is not anticipated that external users will notice a difference when viewing the Judge's calendars from our website.


First FLMB Quarterly Newsletter - February 24, 2012

Click on the link below to access the Court's first quarterly newsletter.


Click here to access the Newsletter

Please Click HERE to view.


Permissive Use of Negative Notice - February 24, 2012

Effective March 1, 2012, the Court will permit service of certain matters provided for on the Permissive Use of Negative Notice list [see below]. Negative notice is not appropriate for emergency matters. Additionally, you are reminded of the Court's discretion to set any matter for hearing even if no objection is filed.


Click here to view the Permissive Use of Negative Notice Chart

Please Click HERE to view.


Designated Address Pursuant to Bankruptcy Rules 2002(j) and 5003(e) - February 15, 2012

Effective March 1, 2012, the Court will permit service of certain matters provided for on the Permissive Use of Negative Notice list [see below]. Negative notice is not appropriate for emergency matters. Additionally, you are reminded of the Court's discretion to set any matter for hearing even if no objection is filed.


Click here to view the Permissive Use of Negative Notice Chart




Designated Address Pursuant to Bankruptcy Rules 2002(j) and 5003(e) - February 15, 2012


Documents should be mailed to the following address for the Atlanta Regional Office of the Commission:
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of Reorganization
950 East Paces Ferry Road, N.E.
Suite 900
Atlanta, GA 30326-1382


At the SEC, Please contact:
Susan R. Sherrill-Beard
Senior Trial Counsel/Bankruptcy
Tel…………………..(404) 842-7626
Fax………………….(404) 842-7633
E-mail…....................sherrill-beards@sec.gov


Alternatively, documents may be transmitted electronically via facsimile transmittal to (404) 842-7633 or by e-mail to atlreorg@sec.gov. Additionally, if another office of the Commission files a notice of appearance, a proof of claim, or request for notice in a specific case, documents in the specific case also should be sent to the requesting Commission office . Once the Commission staff becomes aware of cases that involve significant public investor interest, the staff will seek to obtain all additional information needed through ECF and PACER.


The SEC makes a continuing request in all Chapter 9 & 11 Bankruptcy Cases commenced by municipalities or by or against corporations or limited partnerships:


Petition and Exhibit "A" to Official Form No. 1 or
Statement of Affairs, Schedules, Lists and Notices and
Plan and Disclosure Statement with any Notices of Hearings
Pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 3017(A).


Written requests will be made for additional filings and documents in specific cases by letter or a Notice of Appearance.


Access to file an electronic proof of claim through the Court's website - February 10, 2012
Access to file an electronic proof of claim through the Court's website is now located on the homepage under Electronic Filing and has been retitled eProof of Claim. Previously access to file a claim through the Court's website could be found under Proof of Claim on the homepage under Areas of Interest.


Chapter 11 ballots to be filed electronically through the Court website or through CM/ECF - January 30, 2012

In Chapter 11 cases where the Plan of Reorganization is filed on or after February 6, 2012, Chapter 11 ballots may be filed electronically through the Court website or through CM/ECF. Filing through the Court website will allow non-CM/ECF users to utilize electronic filing while making ballots immediately viewable. A link for electronic filing of Chapter 11 ballots by non-CM/ECF users may be found at: https://pacer.flmb.uscourts.gov/cmecf/ballots/submission.asp. Please note this link will not be live until February 6, 2012.

CM/ECF users may electronically file ballots through CM/ECF. Additionally, paper ballots will still be accepted by the Clerk's office. Formerly, the Clerk's office retained ballots as they were received until a specified deadline established by the Court. They were not viewable until after they were scanned as a single image and docketed prior to the confirmation hearing. The new system permits ballots to be viewable in the ballots registry as they are filed.

Please note that the electronic filing system will create a preliminary ballot tabulation that may include late filed or otherwise invalid ballots. The preliminary electronic tabulation is not intended to be a pre-determination of the proper inclusion or exclusion of any ballot in a final tabulation. The responsibility for independently reviewing and tabulating acceptance and rejections for the plan remains with the attorney for the plan proponent. A judge may exercise discretion as to whether late or improperly filed ballots may be included in the final ballot tabulation.

Questions concerning use of the program should be directed to the help desk at ecfhelp.tpa@flmb.uscourts.gov, ecfhelp.orl@flmb.uscourts.gov, ecfhelp.jax@flmb.uscourts.gov, or your case manager.


Reappointment of Bankruptcy Administrator Travis M. Bedsole, Jr. - Southern District of Alabama - January 24, 2012
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Effective January 18, two new CM/ECF docket events will be available under the Notices category - January 17, 2012
Bankruptcy Notices - Notice of Mortgage Payment Change (B10 Supplement 1 - No Proof of Claim); and

Bankruptcy - Notices - Notice of Postpetition Mortgage Fees, Expenses and Charges (B10 Supplement 2 - No Proof of Claim).

Normally, if a related proof of claim was filed, Supplements 1 and 2 should be filed under Claim-Related matters. However, there may be occasions when a Notice of Mortgage Payment Change (B10 Supplement 1) or Notice of Postpetition Mortgage Fees, Expenses and Charges (B10 Supplement 2) are filed without a related proof of claim. Should there be no related proof of claim, they should be filed under the Notices category, using the events listed above.

Should you have any questions, please contact your case manager.


Designated Addresses for Service of Requests Made Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 505(b)(1)(A) - January 17, 2012

Section 505(b)(1)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that the Clerk of the Court shall maintain a list of addresses provided by governmental units that are responsible for the collection of taxes. The addresses provided are for service of requests made under this subsection. Please note the requirements for filing such requests provided by the governmental units below.


Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business/Self-Employed Division:
Trustees and debtors-in-possession should submit requests for refunds or requests for prompt determination of any unpaid federal tax liability of the estate made pursuant to Section 505 to the Centralized Insolvency Operation (CIO) of the Internal Revenue Service.
The designated address to be used for submitting these requests is:

Internal Revenue Service
PO Box 7346
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7346


The toll-free telephone number of the CIO is 800-973-0424. The number for facsimile transmission is 267-941-1015.
Trustees and debtors-in-possession should consult Rev. Proc. 2010-27, 2010-31 IRB 183 and Rev. Proc. 2006-24, 2006-1 C.B. 943 for information on additional requirements in making these requests.


State of California, Franchise Tax Board:
Service of adversary proceedings:
Franchise Tax Board
Chief Counsel
c/o General Counsel Section
PO Box 1720, MS: A-260
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-1720


Bankruptcy Code Section 505 requests and all other service and notices:
Franchise Tax Board
Bankruptcy Section, MS: A-340
PO Box 2952
Sacramento, CA 95812-2952



Reappointment of Incumbent Federal Public Defender in the Middle District of Florida at Orlando - December 15, 2011


Elimination of BNC notice of meetings of creditors to debtors' attorneys - December 12, 2011
On December 5, 2011, the court began operations under Bankruptcy CM/ECF Release 4.2. Release 4.2 will support an additional noticing-related improvement provided by the court's Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) contractor.

Previously, you received the notice of 341 meeting of creditors by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) with the debtor's redacted Social Security Number (SSN), and by U.S. Mail through the BNC with the debtor's full SSN. The improvement provided with CM/ECF Release 4.2 will allow the BNC to send you an email containing a secure hyperlink to the unredacted 341 notice in place of a paper notice. The BNC will send one summary email per day containing hyperlinks to one or more notices. Each hyperlink provides one free look to the full notice. You will no longer receive the paper 341 notice from the BNC.

A sample BNC email notification is provided at the following web page:

A sample BNC email notification is provided at the following web page: http://ebn.uscourts.gov/documents/Attorney341Email.pdf



Important information regarding Trailer Bridge Inc. case - November 22, 2011


Universal Login Form for Florida Bankruptcy Courts - November 1, 2011
In a recent PACER assessment, CM/ECF users nationwide expressed their desire to reduce the number of logins and passwords they need to retain in order to access the different courts in which they are registered users. While we are unable to do anything nationally at this time, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida have taken steps to address this issue and have collaborated to develop a new, easy to remember login structure that will allow users to have the same login and password for all three courts.

This is a voluntary option for attorneys registered to practice in two or more of the Florida Bankruptcy Courts.

Should you wish to have the same password in all three courts, you may change your password by logging into the individual court's CM/ECF programs and changing your password through the Utilities menu. More specific instructions will be provided to you when you are assigned your new login ID.

It should be noted that the CM/ECF systems in each court are not linked and therefore you will still be required to log into each district separately to perform any filing function in the individual districts, however, we hope the use of the same login and password structure is a step toward making CM/ECF usage easier. Additionally, the universal login assigned to you is only for access to the Florida Bankruptcy Court CM/ECF systems. This process will not change your login and/or password to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle or Southern Districts of Florida or any other U.S. Bankruptcy or U.S. District Court in which you may be registered.

Please click here to complete the form



Free PACER Training Site - November 1, 2011
A free-of-charge website offers access to a training database through the judiciary's PACER service. The site features data from real cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York over a six-month period in 2007. The training site can be accessed via "Frequently Used" on the PACER website home page, www.pacer.gov. No registration is required, and a login and password are posted on the training site's Welcome Page.

Users can search the database to find cases to explore. As searches are conducted, a transaction receipt display will explain what charge would have been accrued for the PACER service. Reviewing the receipts will help users understand their PACER charges and improve their search techniques to minimize charges.


Electronic Public Access fee increase effective April 1, 2012 - October 6, 2011
Effective April 1, 2012, the Electronic Public Access fee will increase from $.08 to $.10 per page for electronic public access to court records thru the PACER service. The quarterly exemption will be raised from $10 to $15. Implementation of the fee increase for local, state and federal agencies will be suspended for 3 years.

For more information, visit www.pacer.gov


Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Electronic Filing form update - October 3, 2011
Please note that the form "Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Electronic Filing" has been updated to be in compliance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1746.

Click here for the updated form

Please Click HERE to view.


Updated Census Bureau Median Family Income figures to occur on October 14. - October 3, 2011


District Court Order regarding conditions applicable to using Internet - September 24, 2011
Policy governing limited personal use of supplied broadband wireless internet connection for registered courtroom users.

Click here to read the Order


Proposed Rule Amendments Published for Public Comment - September 19, 2011
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The public comment period ends on February 15, 2012.


New Calendaring Program - Effective Wednesday, September 21, 2011 for Tampa Division - September 2, 2011
The Tampa Division will begin its transition to a new calendaring system called CHAP on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. The Orlando Division made the transition in September, 2010 and the Jacksonville Divisions is to follow later. While the new system offers some efficiencies and improvements in the calendaring arena, it is not anticipated that external users will notice a difference when viewing the Judge's calendars from our website.


Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Bankruptcy Forms - Effective December 1, 2011* - August 31, 2011
• Bankruptcy Rule 1004.2 (republication of a new rule requiring entity filing a chapter 15 petition to state the country of the debtor's main interest, filer to list each country in which a case involving debtor is pending, and setting deadline for challenging the statement asserting the country of the debtor's main interest)

• Bankruptcy Rule 2003 (requires the filing of a statement upon adjourning a meeting of creditors or equity security holders)

• Bankruptcy Rule 2019 (expands the scope of the rule's disclosure requirements by requiring disclosure in chapter 9 and chapter 11 cases by all committees or groups that consist of more than one creditor or equity security holder, as well as entities or that represent more than one creditor or equity security holder. It also authorizes the court to require disclosure by an individual party in interest when knowledge of that party's economic stake in the debtor would assist the court in evaluating the party's arguments)

• Bankruptcy Rule 3001 (prescribes in greater detail the supporting information required to accompany certain proofs of claim)

• Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1 (new rule implements § 1322(b)(5) of the Bankruptcy Code, which permits a chapter 13 debtor to cure a default and maintain payments of a home mortgage)

• Bankruptcy Rule 4004 (permits a party under limited circumstances to seek an extension of time to object to a debtor's discharge after the time for objecting has expired)

• Bankruptcy Rule 6003 (clarifies that the requirement of a 21-day waiting period before a court can enter certain orders at the beginning of a case, including an order approving employment of counsel, does not prevent the court from specifying an effective date for the order that is earlier than the date of its issuance)

• Bankruptcy Form 1 (implements new Bankruptcy Rule 1004.2)

• Bankruptcy Forms 9A - 9I (conforming amendments to the pending amendment of Bankruptcy Rule 2003(e))

• Bankruptcy Form 10, Attachment A and Supplements 1 and 2 (clarify that, consistent with Rule 3001(c), writings supporting a claim or evidencing perfection of a security interest - not just summaries - must be attached to the proof of claim)

• Bankruptcy Form 25A (changes the effective date consistent with 2009 time-computation rules amendments)

* On April 26, 2011, the Supreme Court approved the amendments to the above-referenced rules, formerly approved by the Judicial Conference at its September 2010 session. The rules amendments were transmitted to Congress in accordance with the Rules Enabling Act. They are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2011, and shall govern in all proceedings in bankruptcy cases thereafter commenced and, insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings then pending, unless Congress enacts legislation to the contrary.

Link to Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Information Regarding Supreme Court Approved Rule Amendments (April 26, 2011)

Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms


The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge - August 24, 2011
The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann was appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, for a four-year term effective October 1, 2011 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

Click here to read the Order

Please Click HERE to view.


Closing of the public research room at the Federal Records Center in Atlanta - June 23, 2011
As of July 1, 2011, the Federal Records Center (FRC) in Atlanta will close its public research room. This change will affect members of the public requesting direct access to Court records. The public will no longer be able to view Court records at the FRC.

The Federal Records Center in Atlanta will continue to provide copies of court case files directly to the public via our current fax, mail, and scan order services. The public can learn more about the FRC services by visiting:

https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline

In addition, the public can contact the FRC's Court Reference Staff at 404-736-2900 for more information.


Fort Myers Division Cases - June 9 , 2011
Effective June 1, all new cases filed in the Fort Myers Division will be assigned to either Judge Barry S. Schermer or Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins, based on the terminal digit of the case number.

Click here for more information


Follow the Court on Twitter - May 24, 2011
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is now using Twitter to broadcast the latest announcements of the Court to the public. Those interested are encouraged to "follow" our tweets by visiting http://twitter.com/floridamiddle on the internet or by signing up on Twitter to have announcements sent directly to your mobile device.


Financial literacy resources for all age groups - March 31, 2011
April was designated by Congress as National Financial Literacy Month. The United States Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida participated in this annual promotion of financial well-being and invite you to browse the following attachment for acquiring good financial habits.

Click here to read more about financial literacy resources


Robb & Stucky, Chapter 11 Case - Important information for all interested parties - March 3, 2011


Proposed Local Rule 2016-1
Proposed Local Rule 2016-1 (Compensation of Professionals) NOT posted for comment - posted only as a best practice procedure for Tampa/Fort Myers divisions - January 14, 2011

Click here to read the proposed local rule


Memorandum regarding service of Amended Chapter 13 Plan - Fort Myers only - January 14, 2011


Court website is now available in a Spanish edition - January 13, 2011
The Middle District of Florida is pleased to announce that we are now offering our website in Spanish. Click here to see our Spanish version. An En Español link is also available on the Court's Home page.


NCBJ Announces Blackshear Fellowship Opportunity for Tampa Conference
Below is information about the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Presidential Fellowship for minority lawyers who practice bankruptcy law. Named after esteemed Bankruptcy Judge Blackshear (now retired) of the Southern District of New York, the fellowship program provides some expense reimbursement for one or more lawyers who wish to attend the annual conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and otherwise meet the selection criteria. The aggregate stipend/scholarship is capped at $2,500 per year and is for the cost of travel and registration for the conference (this year's regular registration fee is $825; the amount is less for government employees). To view the current year's conference agenda, go to www.ncbj.org. The deadline for submitting an application is AUGUST 26th. The application must be faxed to NCBJ NBA Liaison Committee Chair Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins (fax: 513-357-5420).


Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules Effective December 1, 2010. A brief summary of the coming changes to rules.
Rule Changes:
1007: extends time for individual Chapter 7 debtors to file statement of completion of the personal financial management course. Also shortens time for debtors to file a list of creditors after entry of order for relief in involuntary case.

1014: adds Chapter 15 cases to the rule authorizing courts to determine where cases should proceed when there are multiple petitions for the same debtor.

1015: adds Chapter 15 cases to the rule that authorizes courts to order consolidation or joint administration.

1018: reflects enactment of Chapter 15 in 2005.

1019: provides a new time period (with some exceptions) to object to an exemption claim when a case is converted from Chapter 7 to Chapter 11, 12, or 13.

4001: includes a technical and conforming amendment on computation of time.

4004: includes new deadline for filing of motions (instead of complaints) under Rule 7001(b) to object to debtor's discharge; directs courts not to grant discharge if motion or complaint objecting to discharge has been filed (unless objection has been decided in debtor's favor); directs court in Chapter 11 and 13 cases to withhold entry of discharge if debtor has not filed statement of completion of course in personal financial management.

5009: requires clerk to provide notice to debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases that case may be closed if statement of completion of course in personal financial management is not filed. Also now requires a foreign representative in a Chapter 15 to file and give notice of the filing of a final report.

5012: establishes procedures in Chapter 15 for obtaining approval of an agreement regarding communications and coordination of proceedings with cases involving debtor pending in other countries. (Differs from Interim Rule 5012.)

7001: provides that specified objections to a discharge in Chapter 7 and 13 cases are not treated as adversary proceedings.

Click here to read the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure effective December 1, 2010


Chapter 11 Individual Case Administrative Closing Forms - Tampa and Fort Myers
Please Click HERE to view.


Revised Census Bureau Median Income Figures - Effective November 1, 2010
The latest update incorporates the new Census Bureau Median Income figures effective November 1, 2010. For more information, click on the US Department of Justice link. Select the date range "11/01/2010 or After" and click Go


New Calendaring Program - Effective Monday, September 13, 2010 for Orlando Division
The Court will begin its transition to a new calendaring system called CHAP on Monday, September 13, 2010. The Orlando Division will be the first to make the transition with the Tampa/Ft Myers and Jacksonville Divisions to follow later. While the new systems offers some efficiencies and improvements in the calendaring arena, it is not anticipated that external users will notice a difference when viewing the Judge's calendars from our website.


Use of CourtCall for telephonic hearings in the Middle District
Several judges in the Middle District now utilize the telephonic services of CourtCall. The judges who currently use the service are Judge Glenn, Judge Briskman, Judge Funk, Judge Williamson, Judge May, Judge McEwen, and Judge Delano. To view specific policies on the use of CourtCall, please visit the individual judge pages for information.


Digital Audio Files of Proceedings Now Available via PACER
Registered PACER users can now request immediate access to digital audio recordings of court proceedings before Judge Jennemann. Users can download a copy of the digital audio file, share it with their clients, and keep it for future reference or use in drafting orders or other pleadings.

Click here to read the entire announcement


Effective July 12, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center will not mail notices to a creditor if address is invalid
When a bankruptcy court mails notices to a creditor, the court is required to use the address a debtor provides on its creditor mailing list unless a creditor has provided the court with a different address. The court uses the Bankruptcy Noticing Center ("BNC") to mail notices, but the BNC can only do so if an address is valid. If an address is not valid, the United States Postal Service ("USPS") treats this as sending mail to an "undeliverable address." Reasons for undeliverable mail may include: incomplete address; moved to a foreign address; moved and left no forwarding address; post office box closed; and forwarding order expired. In some instances the USPS will forward mail when a creditor has given the USPS a forwarding address, but only for a limited time. It is up to the debtor or creditor to file a change of address with the court.

Click here to read the entire announcment


Apple Mac users and CM/ECF documents
PDF documents containing form fields created by Mac users are causing issues when viewing the document in CM/ECF. The form fields (areas in the document that contain names, address, etc.) appear blank and missing.
To avoid this issue, Mac users are requested to use the File/Print/PDF/SaveAs sequence, and NOT the File/SaveAs sequence, in order to avoid the problem.


Adjustments to certain dollar amounts in Bankruptcy Code and Forms
On April 1, 2010, automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code will become effective. The amended dollar amounts apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2010.
The amended dollar amounts will affect, among other matters, the eligibility of a debtor to file under chapters 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, certain maximum values of property that the debtor may claim as exempt, the maximum amount of certain claims entitled to priority, the calculation of the "means test" for chapter 7 debtors, the duration of a chapter 13 plan, the definition of a small business debtor, the minimum aggregate value of claims need to commence an involuntary bankruptcy, the value of "luxury goods and services" deemed to be nondischargeable, and where the trustee may commence certain proceedings to recover money judgment or property.

Click here to read the Administrative Office's memorandum
In addition, certain Official Bankruptcy Forms and Director's Forms contain references to several of the affected dollar amounts and these forms will be amended on April 1, 2010 and apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2010.


Fort Myers cases - hearings held in the Tampa division - Chapter 11 cases.
As a result of the increase in the pending caseload in the Ft. Myers Division, Judge Paskay has agreed to entertain a motion to hold a hearing in a pending Chapter 11 case in his courtroom in the Tampa Division, unless the matter involved requires notice to all creditors.

Click here to read the entire announcement



The following changes to the Local Rules
The following changes to the Local Rules of the Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida relating to time computation took effect on December 1, 2009: Local Rules 2002-4, 2090-1, 2091-1, 3020-1, 3071-1, 5003-1, 5005-3, 5011-1, 5011-2, 6004-1, 7005-1, 7026-1, 7030-1, 9015-1, 9019-1, 9019-2.

Click here to read the entire announcement regarding time period change


Claims Bar Date for Chapter 11 Cases - Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions.


Pilot program for court digital audio recordings
The pilot program has a tentative start date of October 30 that will allow CM/ECF users the ability to listen to digital audio recordings. More information will follow as the date nears.


Notice to electronic filers regarding documents filed through CM/ECF after upgrade
Due to a problem after the conversion to CM/ECF version 3.3.1, the feature that links an attorney to a party when making a first appearance on a case was not adding the attorney to the case. Therefore a notice of electronic filing was not sent on some docket entries made between Sunday March 8 and noon on Wednesday March 11, 2009 . The attorneys have since been added to the cases and will receive all future notices of electronic filing on the respective cases.

We advise attorneys to check their cases and if you did not receive a notice of electronic filing from an entry you made as a first appearance on a case during this time, you may view the document through PACER, however you will be charged to do so.


Public Notice - Local Rule amendments published for public comment.


Form of order to be used in granting motion to strip second mortgage lien - Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions.


Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy effective December 1, 2008.

Congress has taken no action on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure, approved by the Supreme Court on April 23, 2008. Accordingly, amendments to the rules went into effect on December 1, 2008
View amendments


Information for Electronic Filers with an Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing agreement (EBN)
With the implementation of the Reduced Paper Module (RPM), redundant paper notices stopped being mailed by the Bankruptcy Noticing Center. Many of our electronic filing users have signed up with the noticing center to receive electronic bankruptcy notices instead of paper notices. For more information on EBN, please go to the noticing center's website: https://www.noticingcenter.com. Implementation of RPM also reduced the redundant electronic notices being sent by the noticing center. Electronic filing users should continue to monitor their daily notices of electronic filing (NEF) sent from the court and retrieve hearing notices and orders attached to the NEF.


Users of Cogent internet service - issues accessing court websites
Sprint and Cogent announce that they have reached a multi-year interconnection agreement for the purposes of exchanging Internet traffic. This agreement will benefit the customers of both Sprint and Cogent and resolves the earlier dispute to the satisfaction of both parties. The agreement is in accordance with both parties' previous and long standing interconnection policies and agreements. The specifics of this agreement are confidential."

Between October 30 and November 2, 2008, the courts and the general public experienced a brief disruption in messaging and other services that are dependent on the exchange of Internet traffic between the two Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This ISP agreement ensures that customers will not experience these problems in the future.

Previously, customers lost the ability to access United States Courts websites including CM/ECF. At the time it was recommended that Cogent customers secure another Internet Service Provider to maintain CM/ECF access in the event that Sprint-Nextel severs lost internet connection to Cogent.


Judge McEwen recipient of the 2008 Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award


Changes to Judge May's negative notice procedure.
Judge May will no longer consider Motions to Modify Confirmed Chapter 13 Plan's on negative notice. The court will set all such motions for hearing.


Postponement of CM/ECF v3.2 upgrade
The upgrade of CM/ECF to version 3.2, originally scheduled for October 10-13, 2008, was postponed. The postponement is attributed to recent system performance degradation observed in Courts that have already converted to the new version of CM/ECF. The Administrative Office of the United States Courts is working to identify and correct these problems.

A new announcement will be issued once a new conversion date has been set.


Changes to Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule
On March 11, 2008, the Judicial Conference approved changes to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. The changes clarify and simplify the language of thefee items, delete one obsolete fee (and renumber the Schedule accordingly), and make stylistic changes to comport with current editorial standards. There has been no change to any fee amount. The changes to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule will be effective October 1, 2008.
View entire announcement


Notice of Fraudulent Scheme
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has been notified by the bankruptcy clerk in Utah of a fraudulent scheme that might be affecting victims throughout the country.
View announcement


Proposed Rules amendments published for public comment
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil,Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requestedthat the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.
View announcement


The Honorable Caryl E. Delano
The Honorable Caryl E. Delano was appointed as a bankruptcy judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, on June 25, 2008. She graduated from the University of South Florida, B.A., cum laude, in English in 1976. She attended Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and Emory University School of Law, receiving her J.D. from Indiana University in 1979. Judge Delano practiced before the state and federal courts of California for fourteen years. In 1994, she returned to her hometown of Tampa, Florida, where she most recently practiced law with the firm of Addison & Delano, P.A. She concentrated her practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Judge Delano has represented debtors and creditors in numerous Chapter 11 cases and related adversary proceedings. She is a member of The Florida Bar, The State Bar of California, the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Federal Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.
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Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule Change
Pursuant to sections 1913, 1914, 1926, 1930, and 1932 of Title 28, United StatesCode, the Judicial Conference, at its March 11, 2008, session, amended the Electronic Public Access (EPA) Fee Schedule for the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The fee schedule was amended to eliminate any reference to dial-up access, because the current versions of CM/ECF and PACER no longer provide direct dial-up remote access. The fee schedule change is effective immediately.
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Attention ALL Electronic Filers: Elimination of redundant paper notices from the Court
Please be advised that as indicated in theAnnouncement dated February 4, 2008 and the second e-mail notification to electronic filers on February 20, 2008 , the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida has implemented the Reduced Paper Module (RPM). In most cases where an electronic filer is a party, only electronic notice will be sent. The court will no longer send redundant paper notices and orders with a few exceptions. The "Notice of the First Meeting of Creditors" will continue to be sent in paper by BNC as well as by electronic notice. In addition there are some docket entries that cause the termination of a party from the case. In order for the terminated party to receive notice, certain orders and notices will be tagged to be mailed in paper from BNC to the terminated party as well as any other electronic filing party on the case. Trustees will receive paper notice only if they are terminated on Notices/Orders of Conversion and Notices/Orders of Removal or Substitution. Attorneys will receive paper notice only if they are terminated on Notices/Orders of Substitution of Counsel and Orders Granting Withdrawal as Counsel.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN YOUR E-MAIL ACCOUNTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE ALL ELECTRONIC NOTICES TIMELY. ADDITIONALLY, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR CASE ACTIVITY.



Federal Rulemaking - Proposed amendments published for public comment

At its January and June 2006 and June 2007 meetings, the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved the recommendations of the Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules and approved for publication over 90 time-computation provisions found in the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules, with a view to simplifying the provisions and eliminating inconsistencies among them. These proposed amendments, which are set forth below, comprise the majority of the rules being published for comment.


The proposed amendments to the rules and Official Forms may be accessed by clicking on the link, uscourts.gov/rules/newrules1.htm. The proposed amendments and new rules may also be accessed by clicking on the link titled "Proposed Rules Amendments Published for Comment" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. The public comment period for the proposed amendments and new rules ends on February 15, 2008.


Application to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts for Approval as a Notice Provider

Entities interested in entering into separate arrangements with creditors for delivery services comparable to those provided through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center program's National Creditor Registration Service (NCRS).
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Please fax the completed application to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Bankruptcy Court Administration Division at (202) 502-1511. A list of approved notice providers will be posted on the Judiciary's public website at www.uscourts.gov. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, please contact the Bankruptcy Court Administration Division at (202) 502-1540.


Appointment of Douglas W. Neway as Chapter 13 Standing Trustee in the Jacksonville Division
Notice is given by the United States Trustee of the appointment of Douglas W. Neway as Chapter 13 Standing Trustee in the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida, effective October 1, 2007, following the resignation of Mamie L. Davis.


Attorneys that no longer have interest in a case and request to stop electronic notices
Attorneys who represent a party in a contested matter, either in the bankruptcy case or an adversary proceeding, may file a document stating they have no further interest in the case and request to stop electronic notices. Please note, however, that attorneys who represent the debtor(s), attorneys who have been employed in the case by court order, or attorneys who are representing a client in a pending contested matter are not permitted to withdraw from the case or request to stop electronic notice under this procedure.


To electronically file the notice, attorneys will use docket event "Notice of Withdrawal from Case and Request to Stop Electronic Notice," located under the Notices category in CM/ECF. The attorney must attach a pdf document stating why they no longer want to receive electronic notice in the case. Once the notice is docketed, the clerk's office will review the case docket and take appropriate action to stop electronic notice from being sent to the attorney's email address.

Order establishing presumptively reasonable debtor's attorney fee in Chapter 13 cases


Publication of certain personal data in documents filed with the court - transcript redaction

The judiciary's privacy policy restricts the publication of certain personal data in documents filed with the court. The policy requires limiting Social Security and financial account numbers to the last four digits, using only initials for the names of minor children, and limiting dates of birth to the year. However, if such information is elicited during testimony or other court proceedings, it will become available to the public when the official transcript is filed at the courthouse unless, and until, it is redacted. The better practice is for you to avoid introducing this information into the record in the first place. Please take this into account when questioning witnesses or making other statements in court. If a restricted item is mentioned in court, you may ask to have it stricken from the record or partially redacted to conform to the privacy policy, or the court may do so on its own motion. Read the entire announcement.


Pay.gov security enhancement effective February 1, 2007
Beginning February 1, 2007, all CM/ECF users that pay fees through the Pay.gov system will be required to complete the security code field to complete the transaction.


Internet browsers required to meet higher security standards for access to Pay.gov

To insure the highest level of security when performing online transactions, the Treasury requires that you use an Internet browser that supports 128-bit encryption. Encryption protects your information between you and pay.gov by scrambling the information transmitted between two points (between you and Pay.gov).

Lee Ann Bennett appointed Clerk of Bankruptcy Court


Laptop Pilot Program
The Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida announces the launching of a pilot program to allow certain trustees and attorneys to routinely transport laptop computers into courtrooms.


Important Notice Concerning Privacy Policy

The attached memorandum (OCPB75.PDF) from the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts provides information regarding the Privacy Policy. A good deal of the information contained in the enclosure to the Director's Memorandum is for court use, but you might find it useful to have the copies of the new forms attached. The other attached documents are an abbreviated version of the Director's memorandum, Statement of Social Security number form, Guidelines to Attorneys, and Guidelines to Claim filers.
Director's memorandum
Guidelines to Attorneys
Guidelines to Claim filers
Privacy Policy
Privacy FAQs
Statement of Social Security number form

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