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Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Official Bankruptcy Forms, Fee Changes and Updates to Mandatory Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Thresholds: Effective December 1, 2023
Effective December 1, 2023, the following Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedures and Official Forms have been amended: Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Rule 3011. Unclaimed Funds in Cases Under Chapter 7, Subchapter V of Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and Chapter 13 Rule 8003. Appeal as of Right – How Taken; Docketing the Appeal Rule 9006. Computing and Extending Time; Time for Motion Papers Rule 9038. Bankruptcy Rules Emergency (New Rule) Official Bankruptcy Forms Official Form 417A Notice of Appeal and Statement of Election Official Form 410A Proof of Claim Attachment Form 1340 Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds Information about the rule amendments can be found here, and changes to the official bankruptcy form may be viewed here. Unclaimed Funds: Guidance on how to access information about unclaimed funds deposited pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 347(a) and how to file applications on the new form for payments of unclaimed funds can be located here. Adjustments to the Bankruptcy...
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2023, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. CM/ECF will be fully operational and will accept electronic filings from registered users. The court will resume normal operations on Monday, November 27, 2023.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2023, in observance of Veterans Day. CM/ECF will be fully operational and will be accepting electronic filings from registered users. The Court will resume normal operations on Monday, November 13, 2023.
New Chapter 13 Plan Form and New CM/ECF Event with Corresponding Local Form, Effective November 15, 2023
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, in collaboration with Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee and the Local Rules Advisory Committee, have revised the Western District’s chapter 13 plan form and approved a new local form, Notification of Change in the Manner of Payment to the Chapter 13 Trustee. Beginning November 15, 2023, all chapter 13 plans, including initial, amended, and modified, must conform to the new chapter 13 plan form, pursuant to Local Rule 3015-1. The new chapter 13 plan form is available on the court’s website. NEW Chapter 13 Plan FORM Deficiency notices may be sent out in response to the use of the old form after November 15, 2023. The new local form, Notification of Change in the Manner of Payment to the Chapter 13 Trustee, is also effective November 15, 2023. This form has a corresponding new CM/ECF event – Notification of Change in the Manner of Payment to the Chapter 13 Trustee. The new event is located under Bankruptcy Events...
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2023, in observance of Columbus Day. CM/ECF will be fully operational and will be accepting electronic filings from registered users. The Court will resume normal operations on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
PACER will undergo maintenance on Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EST. The maintenance will improve PACER server security, address security vulnerabilities, fix performance bugs, and enhance security features. PACER users and Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) e-filers may experience intermittent issues when attempting to log in or make a payment through pay.gov during the maintenance. If connectivity issues occur, PACER recommends that users reset their connection or refresh their browser.
The U.S. Trustee Program will be implementing virtual §341 meeting of creditors in chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases in the District of Western District of Wisconsin for § 341 meetings being held on or after October 1, 2023. For more information, including joining a meeting and what documents to provide to the trustee prior to the meeting, click here.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023, in observance of Labor Day. CM/ECF will be fully operational and will be accepting electronic filings from registered users. The Court will resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved for publication for public comment the following proposed amendments to existing rules and forms, as well as one new rule: Appellate Rules 6 and 39; Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1 and 8006; Bankruptcy Official Forms 410, 410C13-M1, 410C13-M1R, 410C13-N, 410C13-NR, 410C13-M2, and 410C13-M2R; and Civil Rules 16, 26, and new Rule 16.1. The public comment period is open from August 15, 2023, to February 16, 2024. To view the proposed amendments and instructions on how to submit comments, please visit the Rules and Policies webpage on the U.S. Courts website.
PACER users and NextGen (CM/ECF) e-filers may experience intermittent service disruptions affecting both the login process and when making payments through pay.gov on Sunday, August 13, from 1:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. due to maintenance. Please plan accordingly.
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