Motion to Reopen Main Case
Last Updated: November 12, 2014

A closed case may be reopened to administer assets, to accord relief to the debtor, or for other cause. 11 U.S.C. 350(b).

Filing Requirements:

  • Motion to Reopen Case

  • Notice of Motion and Proof of Service (if required)

  • Filing Fee (if required)

    • Ch. 7:  $260.00

    • Ch. 11: $1167.00

    • Ch. 12: $200.00

    • Ch. 13: $235.00

Reopening Guide

To file: Notice Required Fee Required
Amended Schedules Judge Furay: 14-day notice to parties in interest unless circumstances require more or less time.

Judge Martin: Clerk's office will schedule hearing.
Yes
Motion (other than a motion for contempt or motion to redact) Judge Furay: 14-day notice to parties in interest unless circumstances require more or less time.

Judge Martin: Clerk's office will schedule hearing.
Yes
Reaffirmation Agreement Judge Furay: 14-day notice to parties in interest unless circumstances require more or less time.

Judge Martin: Clerk's office will schedule hearing.
Yes
  
  
  
Adversary
Judge Furay: 14-day notice to parties in interest unless circumstances require more or less time.

Judge Martin: Clerk's office will schedule hearing.
Yes; however, reopening fee is not required if action relates to debtor's discharge.
Financial Management Certificate 14-day notice to parties in interest Yes
Administer Assets No notice necessary but courtesies should be observed Fee is deferred if filed by trustee; fee is exempt if filed by UST.
Motion to Redact No notice necessary but courtesies should be observed No
Correct an Administrative Error made the clerk's office or Court No notice necessary No

A closed case does not need to be reopened to file a motion for contempt unless additional relief is requested.


To File Electronically:

  1. Log into CM/ECF.

  2. Select [Bankruptcy >  Motions/Applications].

  3. Enter the case number (e.g, xx-xxxxx).

  4. Select [Reopen Chapter xx Case] from the event list.

  5. Skip the Joint Filing screen.

  6. Select the party filer.

  7. Browse to select the Motion (.pdf file).

    Note:  The Motion, Notice of Motion, and Proof of Service may be a single PDF; or the Notice, supporting documents, and Proof of Service may be added as attachments to this document. The Motion must be the first document in your PDF.

  8. If you are filing a Notice and Proof of Service, enter the last day to file objections (defaults to 14 days; modify if necessary); otherwise, remove the date.

  9. To pay via credit card, leave the receipt field blank and select NEXT to continue filing.

    Note: If filing fee is not required, type either "deferred" or "exempt" in receipt field.

  10. Modify the text as appropriate.

  11. Verify the final docket text; if correct, click [Next] to submit your document(s).

    Note: The Notice of Electronic Filing displays giving you the document number. Copies of this notice are immediately e-mailed to all participants who receive electronic notification in the case.

  12. Electronically file any Proposed Order.  Instructions

 

 

 

 

 

11 U.S.C.: 350(b)
28 U.S.C.: 1930
FRBP: 4007(b), 5010