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Local Rules

Rules and Procedures

New CM/ECF Transcript Events Regarding Fed. R. Bankr. P. 8009(b)

Rule 8009(b), effective December 1, 2014, defines the responsibility of the appellant and the appellee to document whether each has ordered a transcript as part of the record for an appeal.  Both appellant and appellee must file the appropriate event, listed below, after each has filed the Designation of Record and Statement of Issues on Appeal.

Transcript Ordered Regarding Notice of Appeal. This event must be used when the party is ordering a transcript that is not currently on the docket.  The party must order the transcript directly from the transcription service provider (listed HERE) and make satisfactory arrangements to pay the costs.  The filing party should attach to this event a copy of the transcript order as a PDF.

Certification of No Transcript Ordered Regarding Notice of Appeal.  This event must be used when the appellant or appellee is NOT ordering a transcript.  The filing party should create a PDF and title it to match the name of this event.

For filing questions, please contact the Clerk's Office CM/ECF Help Desk (414-290-2700).

Forms/Rule/Fee Changes Effective December 1, 2013

Amendments to the following Official Bankruptcy Forms will take effect on December 1, 2013:

B3A Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments
B3B Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived
B6I Schedule I: Your Income
B6J Schedule J: Your Expenses
B6 Summary (Summary of Schedules)
B27 Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet

The forms will be available on our website, beginning December 1, 2013.  Other official forms (B254, B255, B256 and B257) will be changing as well, and can be found on the National U.S. Courts website (www.uscourts.gov).

In addition, effective December 1, 2013, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(7) gives 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.  Our court will give debtor education filers limited ability to file in CM/ECF.

Training materials for debtor education limited filers can be found on our Training page.

More information, including Committee Notes concerning minor substantive changes can be found HERE.

Information regarding the fee changes effective December 1, 2013 can be found HERE.

Fee Changes Effective December 1, 2013

1.        Motion to sell property free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. §363(f)

Item (19) of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule is being added; a new fee will be charged upon the filing of a motion for the sale of property free and clear of liens under 11
U.S.C. § 363(f), as follows:

(19)        For filing the following motions, $176:

-To terminate, annul, modify or condition the automatic stay;
-To compel abandonment of property of the estate pursuant to Rule 6007(b) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure; or
-To withdraw the reference of a case or proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 157(d); or
-To sell property of the estate free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. § 363(f).


2.        Retrieval of file from Archives

Item (12) of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule has been amended to provide as follows:

For retrieval of one box of a records from a Federal Records Center, National Archives, or other storage location removed from the place of business of the court, $53 $64. For retrievals
involving multiple boxes, $39 for each additional box.


3.        Lack of funds

Item (13) of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule was amended as follows:

For a check paid into the court which is returned for lack of funds any payment returned or denied for insufficient funds, $53.

General Mediation

A committee of judges and attorneys is exploring the creation of a formal mediation program for adversary proceedings and contested matters.  Contact Judge Kelley (414-290-2660) to have your name added to the contact list to be advised of future meetings and/or watch this space for more information.  All interested attorneys are welcome to participate.

Bankruptcy Court Mediation Programs: Ever Evolving, Improving, and Inspiring

Comparative Chart of Adversary Mediation Programs

September 30, 2014 summary of notes of brainstorming sessions

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