Archived News & Announcements

10/02/2013

Government Shutdown - The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Iowa will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days despite the government shutdown. The federal judiciary will continue operations utilizing fee generated reserve funds through approximately October 15, 2013. On or around October 15, 2013, this court will reassess its situation and will remain open to support essential functions for constitutionally mandated court activities. All proceedings and deadlines will remain in effect as scheduled, unless advised otherwise. Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) will remain in operational.

06/29/2010

The PACER Service Center website - www.pacer.gov - has been re-launched with an improved look and feel. The changes bring the site in line with the branding guidelines of the Federal Judiciary.

06/29/2010

Visit the new PACER Case Locator at: pcl.uscourts.gov. The U.S. Party/Case Index will be available for a few more months to allow time for users to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the new Case Locator.

06/28/2010

Effective July 12, 2010, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center will not mail notices to a creditor if address is invalid... More

05/14/2010

Bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2010, rose 27 percent when compared to bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2009, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. March 2010 bankruptcy filings totaled 1,531,997, compared to the 1,202,395 bankruptcy cases filed in the 12-month period ending March 31, 2009.   More

09/16/2009
Changes to Notice of Conversion Docket Event for Joint Debtors (updated 5/19/2010)

In cases with Joint Debtors, if only one debtor is converting to another chapter, we are required to collect a fee to split the cases into two separate cases. To collect this fee, we have made changes to the Notice of Conversion docket event that will appear only in cases with joint debtors. During the docketing process of a Notice of Conversion filed by the debtor, a series of statements appear as follows:

To be charged the correct filing fee, please read the statements below and insert the correct response, y or n, in the box.
Enter n if both debtors are converting to Chapter 7.
Enter n if one debtor is dismissed and remaining debtor is converting to Chapter 7.
Enter y if both debtors are active and only one debtor is converting to Chapter 7.
Enter n if one debtor previously converted and now other debtor is converting to chapter 7.
When the filer inserts either a y or n, and clicks on the "Next" button, the next screen will show the total filing fee. For example, in a Chapter 13 case with joint debtors, if both debtors are converting to Chapter 7, the total fee is $25.00. If one debtor is dismissed and the remaining active debtor is converting to Chapter 7, the total fee is $25.00. If both debtors are active, but only one debtor is converting to a Chapter 7, the total fee is $299.00 and includes both the conversion fee of $25.00 and the split case fee of $274.00.

08/07/2009
Redaction of Personal Identifying Information

Effective Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, a notice will be added to the "CM/ECF Filer or PACER Login" screen reminding electronic filers of their responsibility to eliminate all personal identifiers from a document before filing it in CM/ECF. The text of the message is as follows:

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF REDACTION RESPONSIBILITY: All filers must redact: Social Security or taxpayer-identification numbers; dates of birth; names of minor children; and financial account numbers, in compliance with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037. This requirement applies to all documents, including attachments.

The rule title is a hyperlink to the text of the rule. Below the message, a checkbox appears to affirm that the notice has been read and understood. All outside filers must check this box to log in. PACER-only users are not required to check the box.

Click this link for detail instruction.
Click this link for more information on the Privacy Rules.

08/07/2009
Scanner Settings for Documents Uploaded into the Court's CM/ECF System
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regarding archival preservation and continued use of scanned images in the Judiciary's CM/ECF system. During the early implementation of CM/ECF, NARA recommended a scanning resolution setting of 200 dots per inch (dpi) to produce a high quality document with a file size that did not hamper the length of time it took to scan, load and retrieve the documents. Since then, NARA has published higher standards of a minimum of 300 pixels per inch (ppi). Please see the link to the scanning guidelines in the court's on-line manual for more information.

08/07/2009
Changes to Federal Rules on Calculating Time Periods

This is advanced notice of changes to the time computation rules that will go into effect on December 1, 2009.

On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court approved amendments to Appellate Rule 26, Bankruptcy Rule 9006, Civil Rule 6, and Criminal Rule 45. The changes are the result of a major project to make all the federal rules on calculating time periods simpler, clearer, and consistent. The amendments shall become effective on December 1, 2009. The time computation rules amendments are located at www.uscourts.gov/rules. Separate power point presentations explaining the amended rules and their operation are located at www.uscourts.gov/rules/presentations.html. During the next several months the clerk's office will be revising procedures to ensure we are in compliance with the amendments.

08/07/2009
Revisions to the U.S. Trustee Uniform Final Reports

The U.S. Trustee Program has made revisions to the Uniform Final Report Forms effective September 1, 2009. The modifications were made based on comments from the users and do not substantially change the content of the forms. The forms and additional information are posted at the U.S. Trustee web site.

02/17/2009
CM/ECF Version 3.3.1 Upgrade

Effective March 2, 2009, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa is upgrading CM/ECF from Version 3.2 to Version 3.3.1. Click this link for more information.

12/15/2008
National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008

On October 20, 2008, the President signed the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-438. The Act provides a temporary exclusion from the bankruptcy means test for Reservists and members of the National called for no less than 90 days to active duty or homeland defense activity following September 11, 2001. The amendment to section 707(b)(2)(D) of the Bankruptcy Code will be effective on December 19, 2008, which is 60 days after enactment. The amendment applies only to cases commenced in a three-year period beginning on the effective date of the Act.

Two new docket codes have been created for your use:

1. Statement of Debtor's Temporary Exclusion from Means Test
Text only event. No document required. This event is filed by debtor(s) who claim exclusion from the Means Test and check the new box on the revised Form 22A that says, "The presumption is temporarily inapplicable." This event must be docketed separately from the means test. In case opening, there will not be a selection for this exclusion when selecting the Means Test designation. The designation should still be selected as Yes or No. This event can be used for a single or joint debtor filing. If the debtor(s) are on active duty or serving in a homeland defense capacity when the petition is filed, no deadline is set. If they are no longer on active duty, a deadline of 540 days from the active duty release date will be calculated and appear on reports for monitoring.

2. Release from Active Duty
Text only event. No document required. This event can be used for a single or joint debtor filing. This event should be used in instances where the debtor was on active duty or serving in a homeland defense capacity when the petition was filed, but has now been released from this duty. It can be used whether or not the Statement of Debtor's Temporary Exclusion from Means Test event has been docketed. A deadline of 540 days from the active duty release date will be calculated.
See the On-Line Manual for filing instructions on these new events and for docketing the means test.

Amendments to Official Form 22A, Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation and new Interim Rule 1007-I have been requested and are pending approval by the Judicial Conference. Details are posted at this link.

11/24/2008

The following amendments and new rules to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will take effect on December 1, 2008.

Amendments:
Bankruptcy Rules 1005, 1006, 1007, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1015, 1017, 1019, 1020, 2002, 2003, 2007.1, 2015, 3002, 3003, 3016, 3017.1, 3019, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4006, 4007, 4008, 5001, 5003, 6004, 7012, 7022, 7023.1, 8001, 8003, 9006, 9009, and 9024.

New:
Bankruptcy Rules 1021, 2007.2, 2015.1, 2015.2, 2015.3, 5008, and 6011.

The above amendments and new rules implement the substantive and procedural changes to the Bankruptcy Code made by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). Interim Rules have been in use since October 2005, while the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules studied BAPCPA and prepared permanent national rules through the customary three-year rulemaking process.

Except for Interim Rule 5012 (Communication of and Cooperation with Foreign Courts and Foreign Representatives), which is under study, the amendments and new rules supersede the Interim Rules adopted by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa in 2005.

See the following links that detail the changes:
Summary of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules
Text of the Rule Changes

11/24/2008
Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2008

Several forms have been amended and are effective on December 1, 2008. Details are posted at this link.

08/20/2008

Effective August 23, 2008, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa is upgrading CM/ECF from Version 3.1 to Version 3.2. Most of the changes are behind the scenes, but there are a few new and enhanced features that were added to assist electronic filers. Please see the Summary and Demonstration of New Features.

12/13//2007

There is a new website devoted to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure dealing with privacy of electronic case filings.

08/30/2007

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to federal rules and Official Forms and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. Most of the amendments are proposed in conjunction with the adoption of uniform time-computation rules. The public comment period ends on February 15, 2008. Click here.

02/09//2007
Bankruptcy Fraud Hotline

As part of the Department of Justice's efforts to combat bankruptcy fraud and abuse, and to protect the integrity of the bankruptcy system, the Executive Office of the United States Trustees has launched an Internet hotline which will allow the public to report suspected instances of bankruptcy fraud. Instructions for filing a report of suspected bankruptcy fraud are provided by the United States Trustees Program at this link.

11/13/2006
Application for Tax Certification to Chapter 13 Trustee

Under 11 U.S.C sec 1308, debtors must file returns for all tax years ending within four years before the petition date. After consulting with the Chapter 13 trustees, the Iowa Department of Revenue has developed an application process to facilitate compliance with sec 1308. Using the application form and instructions available on this site, Chapter 13 debtors may obtain a certificate showing that they have filed the required income tax returns. The application should be submitted to the Department of Revenue rather than filed with the Court.

11/01/2006
New Judicial Decisions