Classes for training on CM/ECF are available. To signup, please contact Patty Ciechanowski.

TO ALL E-FILERS - Pay.gov, the court's on-line filing fee program, will be shut down for maintenance every Sunday from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM Central Time. Please do not e-file any documents requiring filing fees during these hours.

First case number under BAPCPA: 05-11110-lmj13

News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access Archived News & Announcements from this page.

04/17/2014

The judges of the Eighth Circuit invite you to join them at the Hilton Omaha, August 6-8, for the 2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference.

11/27/2013

Effective December 1, 2013, revisions will be made to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. Fee changes are highlighted in red.

11/08/2013

On December 1, 2013, revisions to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Bankruptcy Fee Schedule, and official Bankruptcy forms will take effect, unless Congress enacts legislation to reject, modify, or defer them. The informational packet and video presentation are to inform you of the changes to the rules, fees, and forms. They should not be considered legal advice.

07/11/2013

Effective August 26, 2013, the Honorable Anita L. Shodeen is designated as Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Click here for more information.

04/05/2013

New Claims Transfer Fee to Take Effect May 1, 2013.

03/21/2013

Upgrade to CM/ECF v5.0 and CM/ECF v5.1 and PACER Changes March 25, 2013.

10/16/2012

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. Click here for more information.

09/24/2012

Effective on October 15, 2012 the Bankruptcy Noticing Center will stop sending returned mail on paper. Click here for more information.

05/10/2012

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri. Click here for more information.

03/22/2012

At the September 13, 2011 session, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Courts amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule increasing the PACER fee from $.08 to $.10 per page for electronic public access to court records.

To lessen the impact of the increase, the Conference suspended implementation of the fee increase for local, state and federal government agencies for three years. Also, PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle would not be charged a fee. (The current exemption is $10 per quarter.)

The fee increase to $.10 per page is effective on April 1, 2012.

10/13/2011

Notice of December 1, 2011 amendment to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3001(c) and new Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3002.1 and related forms. New and amended forms can be found at the Link to Bankruptcy Forms and Instructions under Pending Changes.

10/13/2011
10/13/2011

2012 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference - August 8-10, 2012 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

09/30/2011

In an effort to reduce noticing/postage costs to the federal judiciary, this office will discontinue the practice of mailing the proof of claim form with the notices it sends effective Friday, September 30, 2011. The notices will display a web address where recipients can access the proof of claim form on our Court's web page.

09/30/2011
Cell Phones in the Courthouses

Only attorneys and their employees may carry cell phones and other portable communication devices into United States Courthouses for the Southern District of Iowa. Devices that cause audible sound must be turned off when entering the United States Courthouses.

09/30/2011
Electronic Public Access Fee Increase Effective April 1, 2012

An increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from eight cents to 10 cents per page, will take effect on April 1, 2012.

Earlier this month, the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an increase in the federal judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system.

The change is needed to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.

The EPA fee has not been increased since 2005. As mandated by Congress, the EPA program is funded entirely through user fees set by the Conference.

The Conference was mindful of the impact such an increase could have on other public entities and on public users accessing the system to obtain information on a particular case. For this reason, local, state and federal government agencies will be exempted from the increase for three years. Moreover, PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle would not be charged a fee. (The current exemption is $10 per quarter.) The expanded exemption means that 75 to 80 percent of all users will still pay no fee.