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2006 Archived Announcements

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Fee Schedule Changes — posted December 21, 2006

Effective January 1, 2007, the fee schedule will change. Please visit the Fee Schedule page for more information.

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Pay.gov posted December 21, 2006
Mandatory Use of Credit Card Security Codes

Effective February 1, 2007, the use of the credit card security codes will be mandatory when using Pay.gov. Although the security code field has been on the data entry screen and its use has been optional, it will become a required field, as an additional protection to reduce fraud for credit-card holders. Consisting of three or four digits, credit card security codes usually are printed on the back of a credit card and are used to verify that the purchaser actually posses the credit card when making an Internet purchase or purchase via telephone.

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Meeting Notice — posted November 2, 2006
Meeting to Discuss Chapter 13 Presumptive Fees

The Office of the United States Trustee is scheduling a forum to discuss Chapter 13 Presumptive Fees since the implementation of BAPCPA with the bankruptcy legal community and the Chapter 13 Trustees. The forum will be held on Friday, November 17th at 3:00 p.m. at the 11 U.S.C. §341(a) meeting room located at 402 West Broadway; Suite 630, San Diego. Please provide any written comments you may have regarding this matter to the Office of the United States Trustee no later than November 13, 2006. Please direct your written comments to attorney Mary Testerman DuVoisin.

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Forms — posted June 22, 2006

Two forms have been posted to the Forms page (Front Counter > Get the Latest Forms). One form is new, and the other form has been modified:

CSD Form 1013 - Have You Completed Credit Counseling?

New form CSD 1013, titled Have You Completed Credit Counseling?, reminds debtors and attorneys of the requirement to seek and obtain credit counseling prior to filing bankruptcy, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 109(h).

CSD Form 1025 - Certificate of Exigent Circumstances and Request for Extension of Time to File Certificate of Credit Counseling

CSD Form 1025, titled Certificate of Exigent Circumstances and Request for Extension of Time to File Certificate of Credit Counseling Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 109(h)(3), has been modified. The Court requires that information be provided on CSD Form 1025 regarding which approved nonprofit budget and credit counseling agency was contacted and the date on which the services were requested.

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Changes — posted May 24, 2006
Notice of Amended Local Rules - General Order 170

The final version of Bankruptcy General Order 170 is now posted. General Order 170 was drafted to provide additional clarifications and guidance regarding the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention And Consumer Protection Act of 2005. The effective date of these rules is May 8, 2006.

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Changes — posted April 9, 2006
Fee Increases  

The following fee increases will apply to all new cases filed for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 on or after Sunday, April 9, 2006:

Chapter 7: Fee increase from $220 to $245

     
  • Total fees due at filing: $299
    $220
    $245 statutory filing fee, $39 administrative fee, $15 case trustee fee

Chapter 13: Fee increase from $150 to $235

     
  • Total fees due at filing: $274
    $150 $235 statutory filing fee, $39 administrative fee

Chapter 11

     
  • It appears that Congress intended to increase Chapter 11 filing fees as well, from $1,000 to $2,750, which would raise the total fees due at filing to $2,789. However, there is a drafting error in the language of the Deficit Reduction Act that incorrectly references the statutory subsection prescribing the Chapter 9 fee, rather than the Chapter 11 fee. Thus at this time the Chapter 11 fee is unaltered. We will keep you apprised of Congress' actions to address this drafting error.

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Changes — posted October 17, 2005

The 2005 Bankruptcy Act

Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (the 2005 Bankruptcy Act; Pub. L. No. 109-8) that went into effect on October 17, 2005, changes have been made to the way bankruptcies are now filed. Here are several related Web sites that you may find helpful:

National Creditor Registration Service
(Creditor Registration of Preferred Address & Request for National Creditor Registration Service Participation)

New Document Events for CM/ECF filing

Fee Schedule Changes

Several changes to the Fee Schedule will become effective on Monday, October 17, 2005. Click here to review a summary listing of the upcoming fee schedule changes, along with the current Fee Schedule page. (On October 17th, the revised Fee Schedule page will be posted with the new fee schedule changes.)

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Changes — posted October 17, 2005

ECF Down

The ECF system will be shut down at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2005 (midnight Sunday night) and will remain down until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 so that the Court's internal processes may be adjusted.

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Changes — posted October 13, 2005

Chapter 7 - Standing Administration Guidelines

A newly revised version of the Standing Administration Guidelines for Chapter 7 have been posted on the Law Library page.

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Changes — posted September 20, 2005

Adversary Filing Fee Increase

The filing fee for an Adversary case increased from $150 to $250, effective Tuesday, September 20, 2005. View the current Fee Schedule page.

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Changes — posted May 23, 2005

Unpublished Decisions

Pursuant to the requirements of the E-Government Act, we’ve placed selected unpublished decisions online. Please use the following link: “Written Decisions”- Not For Publication.

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Changes — posted April 14, 2005

PACER Exemptions for Attorneys End, effective May 1, 2005

The Judicial Conference of the United States has adopted changes to the public access fee schedule that has forced us to eliminate the waiver of the PACER fees for attorneys. We regret this decision but an audit of the Clerk's Office conducted by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts found that our exception for CM/ECF electronic filers was not in compliance with the new language for the fee schedule. See Amended Administrative Order No. 99-1.

There is one bright spot: the revised fee schedule allows attorneys to obtain one free copy of anything filed in cases in which they are active. This is accomplished by clicking on the link provided in the notice of electronic filing email and downloading the file to your hard drive or network. Sure, it is not as easy as logging on and looking for something whenever you want to (which you can still do for a bargain eight cents a page - capped at $2.40 for a single document), but it's a compromise we can offer in lieu of our old PACER exemption. Please make sure you turn on email notification within CM/ECF (if you turned it off) to make sure you can get your freebie.

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Last Updated: 1 March 2007

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