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Clerk's Instructions on Practice and Procedure

August 11, 2016:  Pro Se E-filing and Electronic Notices
 
March 17, 2016:  Instructions Regarding Default
To facilitate entry of default and default judgement, and to inform the bankruptcy bar of the Court's preferred practices, the Bankruptcy Clerk has promulgated the following, non-binding procedures to assist parties in obtaining a Clerk's entry of default and default judgment.
 
June 29, 2015: Best Practices for Telephonic Hearings
 
June 22, 2015: Venue Procedure
To facilitate the administration of cases filed out of venue,  and the adjudication of motions to change divisional venue, the Bankruptcy Clerk has promulgated these procedures to assist parties.
 
January 12, 2015: Instructions Regarding Electronic Audio Recordings Presented to the Court and/or Offered into Evidence
Since 2012, the Clerk's Office has posted audio recordings of every court hearing on PACER.  Occasionally, parties have questions regarding the admissibility of such audio recordings.  The following guidance was reviewed by the court and is intended to assist parties regarding audio file admissibility under Fed. R. Evid. 9002.
 
December 16, 2013: Clerk's Office Notice, Hearing and Order Procedures
To assist parties in understanding the procdures and methodologies employed by the Clerk's Office in issuing notices, setting hearings, and preparing and entering orders.  UPDATED 2/16/2017
 
July 18, 2013:Instructions Regarding Chapter 11 Disclosure Statements and Plans
To facilitate the administration of Chapter 11 cases and to inform the bankruptcy bar of the Court's preferred practices, the Bankruptcy Clerk has promulgated the following, non-binding procedures to assist parties in the procedural administration of Chapter 11 disclosure statements and plans.
Order Setting Disclosure Statement Hearing
Order Approving Statement and Setting Confirmation Hearing
 
May 31, 2013 (Update 2-24, 2015):Reopening Procedures, Fees, and Standards
To facilitate the resolution of common questions that arise between the Clerk's Office and parties regarding the filing of motions to reopen bankruptcy cases, the Bankruptcy Clerk has set forth the following non-binding procedures, fees, and standards to assist parties in navigating the administration and adjudication of such motions.
 
March 28, 2013:Instructions Regarding Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plans
To facilitate the confirmation of Chapter 13 plans, and amended plans, and to inform the bankruptcy bar of the Court’s preferred practices, the Bankruptcy Clerk has promulgated the following, non-binding procedures to assist parties in the Chapter 13 confirmation process.
 
February 12, 2013:Instructions Regarding Election Under 522(q)
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act ("BAPCPA") added subsection (q) to § 522 of the Bankruptcy Code to limit, in certain circumstances, the available homestead exemption for debtors who "elected" under § 522(b)(3)(A) to exempt property under State or local law.