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01/14/2014

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure

Request for Comment (due 2/15/2014)

01/03/2014

January 15 Brownbag on Filing Claims

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 12 Noon - 1:00 pm, the bankruptcy court will present a session on filing claims, described below in more detail. The presentation will be in the Courtroom, 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 250. The regular court security screening will be in effect - please bring a government-issued photo ID for entry. Or participate from your office via the Internet.

1. Demonstration of a new Electronic Proofs of Claim (ePOC) program: Used successfully in many other bankruptcy courts, this program at the court's website allows creditors to create a B 10 claim form on the fly and upload the form (and supporting documents) for filing without a CM/ECF login. Creditors may also use this system to file claim supplements such as notices of mortgage payment change and notices of postpetition fees, expenses, and charges.

2. Q & A session with the Chapter 13 Trustee, Howard Hu, on Filing Claims and Getting Paid in Chapter 13: Does a secured creditor need to file a proof of claim? - What types of supporting documents should be attached to the proof of claim form? - Will an AOAO get distributions if the claim is missing Attachment A - Mortgage Proof of Claim Attachment? - Is there an upcoming change in the deadline to file a claim? - After relief from stay of a foreclosure is obtained, can the resulting deficiency be paid as an unsecured claim? - What happens when a debtor files a claim on behalf of a creditor? - Will the trustee pay on an untimely claim? - Does a mortgagee need to file a notice of mortgage payment change if there was no prepetition arrearage? - And more.

For those not attending in person, remote participation will be possible via a WebEx session and a toll-free teleconference call. Connection information is attached and will also be posted on the homepage of the court website, http://www.hib.uscourts.gov. The website also has instructions and FAQs about the ePOC application, as well as a link to test filing a claim in the court's TRAIN database.

01/02/2014

Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules

An order dated December 31, 2013, adopts amendments to the local bankruptcy rules, effective January 1, 2014. Amended LBR 2016-1 adopts the U.S. Trustee Program's recently promulgated fee guidelines to be used in large chapter 11 cases and new LBR 3002-1 authorizes the electronic filing of proofs of claim submitted to the court using the ePOC application at the court website.

12/04/2013

Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules

Two amendments to the Local Bankruptcy Rules are proposed:

Amended LBR 2016-1 - Compensation of Professionals: Subdivision (a) of the amended rule would make applicable the recently promulgated United States Trustee Program Guidelines for Reviewing Applications and Reimbursement of Expenses Filed by Attorneys in Larger Chapter 11 Cases. These guidelines would apply in chapter 11 cases with $50 million or more in assets and $50 million or more in liabilities, aggregated for jointly administered cases.

New LBR 3002-1 - Electronic Filing of Proof of Claim. The new rule provides that proofs of claim and certain other claim-related documents may be filed electronically using an application at the court's website. If the submission complies with all instructions and procedural requirements, the submission will have the same force and effect as if the submitting individual had signed a paper copy of the document.

Any comments on the proposals should be emailed by December 20, 2013.

12/02/2013 Chapter 13 Interest Rate
12/01/2013

Debtor Education Certificates

Effective December 1, 2013, Bankruptcy Rule 1007(b)(7) has been amended to permit an approved debtor education provider to notify the court directly that the debtor has completed a personal financial management course. A new application at the court's website provides a link whereby the provider can electronically file the certificate without a CM/ECF login. This application should be used only by debtor education providers. Attorneys should continue to log in to CM/ECF to file certificates.

Although providers may now file debtor education certificates directly with the court, it is not mandatory for them to do so. If the provider does not file the debtor education certificate, the debtor is responsible for filing the certificate or Official Form B 23 with the certificate number as evidence that the course was completed. Failure to file the certification will result in the case being closed without a discharge.

12/01/2013

Bankruptcy Court News - Rule, Form, and Fee Changes Effective December 1, 2013

Absent action by Congress, amendments to the following Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will become effective December 1, 2013. The amendments and background materials are listed below as a link.

Rule 1007b)(7)
Rule 4004(c)(1)
Rule 5009(b)
Rule 9006(d)
Rule 9013
Rule 9014

Civil rules regarding discovery sanctions (Rule 37) and subpoenas (Rule 45) also are being amended - these rules are applicable in bankruptcy cases and proceedings under Bankruptcy Rules 7037 and 9016. Explanatory materials for the civil rules are provided below as a link.

Amendments and background materials

CDOC-113hdoc28
CDOC-113hdoc29

In addition, the following changes have been adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States, to be effective December 1, 2013.

Fees

Docketing an appeal with the Court of Appeals - $500 (was $450)
Filing a motion to sell property of the estate free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. § 363(f) - $176 (new)
Retrieval of records from the Federal Records Center - first box $64 (was $53), additional boxes $39 each (new)
Payment returned or denied for insufficient funds - $53 (now includes payments other than checks)

Forms

B 3A - Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments
B 3B - Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived
B 6I - Schedule I - Your Income
B 6J - Schedule J - Your Expenses
B 6 - Summary of Schedules
B 23 - Debtor's Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management
B 27 - Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet
B 254 - Subpoena for Rule 2004 Examination
B 255 - Subpoena to Appear and Testify at a Hearing or Trial in a Bankruptcy Case or Adversary Proceeding
B 256 - Subpoena to Testify at a Deposition in a Bankruptcy Case or Adversary Proceeding
B 257 - Subpoena to Produce Documents, Information, or Objects or to Permit Inspection in a Bankruptcy Case or Adversary Proceeding

The amended forms with instructions and committee notes may be viewed and downloaded here.

06/19/2013

Changes to BAP Procedures (CM/ECF)

Please note the following changes to the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in BAP Cases:

The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel has modified its Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in BAP Cases to require registration with the BAP's CM/ECF system for all attorneys appearing, participating, or wanting to receive notices in appeals before the BAP. The BAP also has modified the Administrative Order to increase the maximum size for a single electronic filing, including attachments, to 50 megabytes. See Rule 1(a) and Rule 7(d) of the Administrative Order which is available on the BAP website: www.ca9.uscourts.gov/bap under "Electronic Case Files (ECF)".

 

06/03/2013

Chapter 13 Interest Rate

05/01/2013

New Claims Transfer Fee to Take Effect May 1, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, the bankruptcy courts will begin charging a new fee of $25 for each claim transferred. This fee was approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States at its September 2012 session.

In considering this fee, the Judicial Conference Committees with jurisdiction over bankruptcy fees recognized the impact a transfer of a claim has on the workload of the bankruptcy courts, including impact on court time and resources. Bankruptcy Rule 3001(e) requires the clerk of court to notice a transferred claim, and provides
additional notice and hearing requirements if an objection to a transfer is made.

The fee will be assessed by bankruptcy courts upon the filing of the claim transfer, whether filed by a transferee or transferor. It will apply to partial claims transfers as well. In the event multiple claims transfers are filed at one time by one entity (claims upload or batch filing), the $25 fee will be charged for each individual claim transferred.

The fee must be paid by credit card upon the filing of the claims transfer in CM/ECF using Pay.gov or by whatever means is designated by the court if the claim transfer is not filed electronically. An entity that electronically handles claims transfers must ensure that the individual filing a transfer is authorized to pay this fee by credit card.

Entities that transfer claims should be aware that courts may be reviewing user accounts, account access, and the number of accounts authorized for a particular entity in anticipation of this fee.

04/01/2013

Revised Dollar Amounts in National Forms

Revised Dollar Amounts in Official Forms 1, 6C, 6E, 7, 10, 22A and 22C, and Director's Forms 200 and 283, effective April 1, 2013.

Automatic adjustments will be made on April 1, 2013, to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, one provision in title 28, seven Official Bankruptcy Forms which contain adjusted dollar amounts, and two Director's Forms which include dollar amounts. These adjustments, made at three-year intervals in accordance with 11 U.S.C. § 104, apply to cases filed on and after April 1, 2013. Revised forms will be posted at the court's Forms page and may also be downloaded from the national uscourts.gov web page.

The dollar amount changes affect the following forms:

Official Form 1 (p.1, 1 change, $2,190,000 to $2,490,925);

Official Form 6C (p.1, 1 change, $146,450 to $155,675);

Official Form 6E (p.1, 1 change, $11,725 to $12,475, p. 2, 2 changes, $5,775 to $6,150 and $2,600 to $2,775);

Official Form 7 (p.2, 1 change, $5,850 to $6,255);

Official Form 10 (box 5, 2 changes, $2,600 to $2,775 and $11,725 to $12,475);

Official Form 22A (line 38, 1 change $147.92 to $156.25, line 52, 2 changes of $7,025 to $7,475 and 2 changes of $11,725 to $12,475);

Official Form 22C (line 43, 1 change $147.92 to $156.25); and

Director's Form 200 (pp. 2, 3, and 4, 1 change, $136,875 to $155,675); and

Director's Form 283 (p.1, 2 changes, $136,875 to $155,675).


03/27/2013

Outstanding Fees

When electronically filing a document requiring a fee, payment with a credit card must be made by 6:00 PM HST on the day of filing. The vast majority of filers comply. However, when payments are not made timely, court staff must contact attorneys about outstanding fees. To address this situation, the bankruptcy court will soon be implementing a process in CM/ECF whereby failure to make a timely payment will result in an automatically generated email notifying the filer that his or her login will be disabled for filing documents if the outstanding balance remains due for more than one day. If this occurs, the login will give access only to the Internet payment portion of CM/ECF. Once the outstanding fees are paid, the ability to file documents will be automatically reinstated. See sample message about this "lockout" feature that a filer would receive.

 

01/30/2013

Phone Directory

The bankruptcy court is implementing a VOIP phone system. Effective Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the CM/ECF help desk number will change and additional direct lines will be activated. EXISTING DIRECT LINES AND CURRENT EXTENSION NUMBERS WILL NOT CHANGE. However, there will be new direct line numbers for court staff who previously could only be contacted by dialing the main line and then an extension number. Please see the new Clerk's Office phone directory.

 

01/04/2013

Wireless Internet Access

In October, 2011, the bankruptcy court adopted a policy allowing the use of electronic devices such as cellular phones and laptop computers in the courtroom and Clerk's Office. The court is pleased to announce that these devices will now be able to connect to the Internet using a public wireless access (WiFi) network funded by admission fees collected from attorneys and held in the Attorney Admission Fund (no government resources have been used).

Access to the court's public WiFi network (BK_PUBLIC) requires a password that is changed periodically and is available from the courtroom deputy or at the public counter. This WiFi network is intended for use by attorneys and the public for access related to their visit to the court. Users may not use the court's WiFi network for any unlawful or inappropriate purpose.

The court offers WiFi access as a courtesy; there is no entitlement to WiFi use and the clerk may deny or interrupt access at any time. Further, the court provides no technical support to WiFi users and does not guarantee the operability, speed, or security of the network, or the accuracy of any transmissions. Users must take the same precautions regarding viruses and the privacy and confidentiality of transmitted information just as they would with use of any public WiFi network. Use of the court's WiFi network is entirely at the user's own risk.

 

01/03/2013

Payments by Check

Effective Thursday, January 3, 2013, the Clerk's Office will process check transactions using electronic fund transfers. Please read the following notice. (Note that business and personal checks are accepted only from attorneys and the name of the attorney or law firm must be printed on the check.)

Notice Regarding Payments by Check

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. For inquires, please call (808) 522-8100 x 119.

When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day you make your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.

Privacy Act - A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) stating the authority for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses which will be made of your check information, is available at: https://www.pccotc.gov/pccotc/index.htm or by calling 1 (866) 945-7920 to obtain a copy by mail. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.

10/10/2012

Processing of Returned BNC Mail

Effective October 15, 2012, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) will begin centralized processing of notices that would otherwise be returned to bankruptcy courts by the US Postal Service. The service will eliminate nearly all manual processing of returned mail currently performed by court personnel and will provide timely notification to debtors' attorneys of returned notices.

Currently, BNC returned mail goes either to the court or to debtors' attorneys. As a cost-savings and efficiency measure, bankruptcy courts have been strongly urged to have most returned mail sent to the debtor's attorney, which provides notice that a better address for such recipient should be provided to the court.

Under the terms of the revised contract, the BNC contractor will have two business days from receipt to process the returned mail, and the contractor's system will autogenerate a Notice of Returned Mail email notification to the debtor's attorney, with a copy of the notice as a PDF attachment, advising of the returned mail by the USPS. If no attorney email address is available or if the debtor is pro se, the Notice of Returned Mail will be sent by US mail to the attorney or pro se debtor, as appropriate.

Thus, beginning this month, debtors' attorneys will start to receive returned mail in bankruptcy cases in two different ways: regular USPS mail for the majority of items where the return address is the debtor's attorney, and email Notices of Returned Mail for returned mail that would have been sent back to the bankruptcy court.

 

09/13/2011

McVCIS

The court is now participating in McVCIS, a nationwide judiciary Voice Case Information System. Dial a toll free number (866) 222-8029 and access code 44 for the District of Hawaii case information, including:

  • debtor name
  • case number
  • judge name
  • tax identification number
  • date the case was opened
  • voluntary/involuntary case filing
  • business or consumer
  • date of filing
  • chapter
  • attorney name and telephone
  • date/time of the §341 Meeting
  • date of discharge
  • date of case closing
  • date/time of the first meeting
  • asset status
  • general case status

See the VCIS page for more information.


04/08/2011

Facebook & Twitter Accounts

The court has created accounts for Facebook and Twitter in an effort to make court news more accessible. Check out the following links:

Facebook
Twitter (@HIBKC)

02/24/2010

Attendance at 341 Meetings

The following is being sent on behalf of the Office of the United States Trustee

Re: Allowance of Meetings of Creditors via telephone

To Consumer Bankruptcy Practitioners

In the last year or so, there have been increasing requests for debtors to appear at their meetings of creditors by telephone. The Office of the U.S. Trustee has accommodated some of those requests. But the number of requests and the reasons for the requests have caused us to review the circumstances under which the U.S. Trustee will allow debtors to appear by telephone.

Henceforth, the UST will generally allow telephonic appearance for meetings of creditors under the following circumstances: 1) severe medical condition, documented; 2) deployment under military orders, documented; 3) imprisonment, documented. The UST may, on a case by case basis, allow telephonic appearances for other reasons of similar severity. In any case for which a telephonic appearance may be approved, there must be a satisfactory mechanism for confirming the debtor's identity and social security number, e.g., appearance and confirmation at a different U.S. Trustee office.

The following reasons are generally not sufficient to warrant telephonic appearances: debtor has already moved to the mainland; debtor is job hunting; debtor is working a job elsewhere; debtor has long-planned vacation; debtor has family obligation. Such reasons may or may not warrant a continuance of the first meeting, subject to the approval of the Chapter 7 Trustee, provided notification is given well in advance of the scheduled meeting. Attorneys should advise debtors that their presence at a meeting is required generally 25-40 days after the commencement of the case (up to 60 for neighbor islands) and at any continued meeting, and so should plan accordingly.

Curtis Ching
Assistant United States Trustee
1132 Bishop St, Rm 602
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 522-8154
Email: curtis.b.ching@usdoj.gov

 

06/25/2009

Meetings of Creditors
The Office of the United States Trustee has requested the following information be disseminated regarding meetings of creditors (341 meetings).

1. Reminder for Debtor identification and Social Security numbers at 341 meetings:

For many years now, due to the rise in identify thefts nationwide, debtors have been required to show proof of their identify and proof of their social security number. Acceptable picture identification includes a valid state-issued drivers license, military identification, state-issued picture identification card, passport, legal resident alien card, student photo identification or work photo identification. Acceptable proof of social security number includes an original social security card, a current original W2 form, recent original pay advice, health card, or some other original official document which shows name and social security number. Trustees are instructed to continue the meeting to the trustee’s next calendar date if the Debtor does not have the required identification.

2. Telephone interpreter services:

Effective immediately, debtors with limited English proficiency (LEP) may request, free of charge, the use of a telephone interpreter service for their section 341 meetings. This service is currently available at the Honolulu, Hawaii meeting of creditors room only. To the extent possible, debtors or their attorneys should notify the trustee in advance of the meeting in order to avoid disruption to the flow of meetings. Services are available in over 165 languages. Trustees have been instructed not to allow debtors' attorneys or relatives to provide interpreting services for the debtor.

 


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