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News Archive - 2011 News

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News from 2011

  • Reminder 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.
     
  • Holiday Closures: The Court will be closed on the Federal Holidays of December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012.
     
  • Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunities - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has announced that applications may be filed through February 23, 2012 for three Bankruptcy Judgeships in Phoenix and Tucson. The announcement information and application are available for download on our Employment Opportunities page.
     
  • Notice: On Friday, December 16, 2011, the customer service counter at the Bankruptcy Court's divisional office in Yuma will be closed from 11:30am to 1:30pm. All other services will be available.
     
  • Automatic Email Updates: A new notification service is now available through our website that allows you to receive automatic email or text message notices when the information on a particular page changes. Look for this "subscribe" icon in the page to sign up for updates on that page:  click on it, and follow the prompts.
     
  • Reminder: The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure have been amended, with an effective date of December 1, 2011. Download a summary of amended rules and forms here.
     
  • Court will be closed November 24th-25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
     
  • ECF 4.2 was installed on Sunday (11/20). An unanticipated consequence was that a number of email notifications went out regarding proof of claims that may have been filed some time ago. For questions or assistance please contact the ECF support line at 602-682-4900.
     
  • ECF v4.2 Upgrade: ECF version 4.2 has been installed in the court's TEST and TRAIN systems and is available for testing and training. Contact your software provider to ensure compatibility with version 4.2. Installation in the LIVE system is scheduled for November 20, 2011. During the installation, ECF will not be available for filing. Please review the release notes for further details as to what is included in this release.
     
    In addition, Proofs of Claim that are filed via this website during the ECF downtime will be queued and processed automatically when ECF returns to service
     
    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.
     
  • Notice of Bankruptcy Court Fee Schedule Increases Effective November 1, 2011: At its September 2011 session, the Judicial Conference approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedules for all courts. Click here to view the court's notice. To view a revised schedule of fees, click here, or dowload a PDF version here.
     
  • ID Required, Effective November 1, 2011: If you are filing a new petition and are not represented by an attorney, you must provide a current government issued photo identification card when you bring in or mail your petition to the clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Click here for the court's requirements.
     
  • ECF v4.2 Upgrade Scheduled: The upgrade to ECF v4.2 has been tentatively scheduled for the weekend of November 19-20, 2011. Performance of the upgrade will likely require a downtime. We will post more information here, and on the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage as it becomes available.
     
  • ID Required, effective November 1, 2011: If you are filing a new petition and are not represented by an attorney, you must provide a current government issued photo identification card when you bring in or mail your petition to the clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
     
    A required identification card must contain a photograph, be government issued, be current, and be legible. Examples of allowed identification cards are state driver's licenses, state or federal issued identification cards, U.S. passports, or federal, state or local government employee photo identification cards.
     
    For privacy protection, the court will convert identification photocopies collected to pdf documents for retention under a restricted docket event which will be inaccessible to the public. Any paper copies submitted will be scanned and then destroyed.
     
  • Planned Building Maintenance: Maintenance activities for the Phoenix Courthouses are planned for Saturday, October 22, 2011, beginning at 5am, and continuing until 6pm, MST. While it is not anticipated, there may be intermittent interruptions to the service of this website and ECF.
     
    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.
     
  • Notice of Bankruptcy Court Fee Schedule Increases effective November 1, 2011: At the Court Administration and Case Management Committee’s June 2011 meeting, the Committee recommended adjusting miscellaneous fees for inflation (compounded), noting that it had been eight years since they were last adjusted. The recommendations were sent to the Judicial Conference, and, at its September 2011 session, the Judicial Conference approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedules for the courts of appeal, district courts, bankruptcy courts, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1913, 1914, 1930, 1926, and 1932, respectively. These changes will become effective November 1, 2011, click here to view the court's notice. The revised schedule of fees is also available on the court’s web site. Click here to view those changes.
     
  • Live Chat Service Interruption Update: The provider has corrected the issue, and Live Chat has returned to normal service. Operators will again be available until 4pm, Arizona time.
     
    Our service provider for Live Chat is experiencing technical difficulties this afternoon, causing a disruption in service. We are working closely with them to restore service as soon as possible. In the mean time, feel free to call our main number (602-682-4000 or 800-556-9230) or use the contact form on this website if you have questions.
     
  • Upgrade to Online Proof of Claim Application: The Court has upgraded the Proof of Claim application on this web site to allow creditors to file amended claims, in addition to new claims. To use the application, simply click on "File a Claim" in the "Online Services" menu on the left, and follow the instructions in the "Online Proof of Claim" section.
     
  • ECF Outage: Planned systems maintenance will occur on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 10am to 6pm. ECF access will be intermittent or unavailable throughout the maintenance window.
     
    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.
     
  • Court to Discontinue Transmitting Proof of Claim Forms through BNC: As a cost containment recommendation, all bankruptcy courts have been asked to discontinue transmitting the Official Form B10, Proof of Claim, through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) by October 1, 2011. The proof of claim is currently an attachment to certain forms such as 341 notices. A vast majority of filed claims are now created automatically by electronic form creation software. Consistent with the national recommendation, our court will discontinue the mailing of the proof of claim form through the BNC effective October 1, 2011. You will still have access to hardcopy claim forms at the court's front counter and self help centers as well as access to fillable PDF versions on our website
     
    If you are a creditor (the person who is owed money in a bankruptcy case) and are not represented by an attorney, you may also file a Proof of Claim and upload PDF attachments via an online form (on our website).
     
  • New Guidelines for filing stay relief motions in cases assigned to
    Judge Charles G Case II
    :
     
    In light of the recent Panel decision(s) of In re Veal --- B.R. ----, 2011 WL 2304200 (9th Cir. BAP, June 10, 2011), In re Sardana (unpublished and not for citation), and In re Matson (unpublished and not for citation) the Court adopts the following procedures for hearings on relief from the automatic stay for residential mortgage properties.
     
    1. A party seeking stay relief in order to enforce a secured obligation against real property has the burden of making a colorable showing that it has standing to enforce the note and deed of trust or mortgage. To meet this burden, Movant must provide evidence, in the form of assignments, endorsements or otherwise, demonstrating that it is a person entitled to enforce the note under the Uniform Commercial Code as well as a complete chain of title of the beneficial interest under the deed of trust or mortgage. Such evidence shall either be self authenticated under FRE 902 or accompanied by a declaration of a person with knowledge authenticating each document in a form sufficient under FRE 901. If the Movant is proceeding as a servicer or agent, evidence of the servicing or agency agreement must be provided, authenticated as indicated above.
     
    Absent compliance with the requirements set out in Veal, Sardana and Matson, an unopposed motion seeking relief will be denied, any hearing on a stay relief motion will be vacated and the motion may be dismissed without prejudice to the movant’s ability to file a new motion upon payment of a new filing fee.
     
    2. Any objection to standing must be made with particularity. If an objection to standing is made without an adequate basis in law or fact, the party making the objection may be subject to sanctions.
     
  • Planned Building Maintenance: Maintenance activities at the Phoenix Courthouse are planned for tonight, August 26, 2011, from 6pm to 8pm. While it is not anticipated, there may be intermittent interruptions to service of this website and ECF.
     
  • ECF Outage: The Court's ECF system will be unavailable on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 10am to 6pm while systems maintenance is performed.
     
    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.
     
  • Judges' Procedures Matrix: A new matrix of combined judges' procedures is now available for download as a PDF document. This document provides a single location to reference pertinent procedural information for each Judge, side by side. This new document, as well as each Judge's Procedures web page, is available at any time by clicking on "Procedures" in the "Judges' Information" menu above.
     
  • Effective June 6, 2011: A paper copy of the 341 notice will no longer be sent to debtor’s counsel. For complete details, click here to download the document.
     
  • ECF Uprade to Version 4.1 and Claims Filing: The Court's ECF system is scheduled to be upgraded to version 4.1 over the Memorial Day weekend, beginning 6:00am Saturday, May 28 and completing by 6:00pm Monday, May 30, 2011. Please be aware that ALL ECF functions will fail over to read-only access during this time, allowing searches and queries, but no filings.
     
    Please note that this service outage extends to filing of Proofs of Claim via this website. You will be able to fill out the claim form, and upload attachments, during this time, however this website will be unable to docket your claim in the ECF system until after 6PM on Monday, May 30, 2011.
     
  • Planned Building Maintenance: Maintenance activities for the Phoenix Courthouse are planned for Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 6am to 2pm. While it is not anticipated, there may be intermittent interruptions to service of this website and ECF.
     
  • Tucson Self-Help Center Update: The Tucson Self-Help Center volunteer lawyers will not be available on Wednesday, May 25 and Friday, May 27. To schedule an appointment with a volunteer lawyer for another date, please go to: http://shc.azb.uscourts.gov
     
  • Implementation of Mandatory Use of Electronic Exhibits in the courtroom of the Honorable Eileen W. Hollowell. Beginning June 1, 2011, all exhibits presented at trial before Judge Hollowell are to be presented electronically. This applies to all trials held in Tucson, Phoenix  and does not include Yuma trials at this time. This does not apply to pro se parties. For complete details, download the guidelines and exhibit list here.
     
  • Tucson Self-Help Center Update: On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Self-Help Information Center at the Walsh Courthouse in Tucson will close at 12:00 pm. Self help information and forms are available on this website by clicking on Forms and Publications, Debtor Help, or Creditor Help.
     
  • ECF Upgrade To Version 4.1: The Court’s ECF system is scheduled to be upgraded to version 4.1 over the Memorial Day weekend (May 28 – 30, 2011). Please be aware that ALL ECF functions will fail over to read only access during this time, allowing searches and queries, but no filings. Be sure to update your case preparation software if you have not done so already. The court will be offering training classes on the new version near the upgrade date in May. Please contact the ECF Support line (602-682-4900) for more information.
     
  • Schedule an Appointment with a Self Help Center Volunteer Lawyer: Please note that effective May 1, 2011, the Phoenix and Tucson Self Help Centers will require customers to schedule an appointment to consult with a volunteer lawyer in the Self Help Center. You can schedule an appointment here. The Self Help Center is a free service for individuals who have filed or are considering filing bankruptcy under chapter 7 or chapter 13 and to individual creditors in consumer bankruptcy cases.
     
  • ECF TEST Upgrade to Version 4.1 - The upgrade of the ECF TEST system to v4.1 has been scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2011, from 10am to 6pm. ALL ECF systems will fail over to read only access during this time, allowing searches and queries, but no filings.
     
    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.
     
  • The 30-day comment period for proposed General Order 106 has concluded. Over 25 comments were received, and the court is now in the process of reviewing them. The court wishes to thank all those who took the time to review the proposed GO and submit comments.
     
  • Proposed Rule Change: The court has posted for a 30-day comment period, a proposed General Order which adopts a change to Local Rule 2003-1. The proposed change would add a new subsection (c) to clarify the district's practice that with the exception of emergencies or unresolvable calendar conflict, counsel of record must appear at 341 Meetings with their clients.
  • Annual Federal District Conference: The 2011 Annual Federal District Conference will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson. Registration is required by Monday, February 28, 2011.
     
  • ECF Upgrade to Version 3.4: The ECF system upgrade to v3.4 has been scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011 and will require an interruption of service from 12pm (noon) until 4pm, MST. During this time, ECF will fail over to read-only access, allowing searches and queries, but no filings.
     
    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.
     
  • Update to Chapter 7 NDR events: Please note that, effective January 10, 2011, updates were made to the Chapter 7 No Distribution Report (NDR) events in ECF, as requested by the Executive Office of the United States Trustee (EOUST). In addition, two new events were created to allow for ad hoc No Distribution Reports for use by Trustees.
     
  • Live Chat Customer Service - After a brief suspension, the Court's chat will return to service on January 18, 2011. Once available, you will see the "Click to Chat" icon at the bottom of the menu bar on the left.
     
  • Chief Judge Marlar's Yuma Calendar - Please note that Chief Judge Marlar's Yuma Calendar for Friday, January 14, 2011 has been vacated. To view court calendars, please click on the "View Calendars" link in the menu on the left.
     
  • UPDATE - PACER SERVICE MAINTENANCE: National maintenance activities to PACER moved to January 15th, 2011. As a result of these activities, there will be widespread, intermittent interruptions to ECF services beginning at 6am MST, and continuing through 3pm MST. There will be no failover during these interruptions, and you will be unable to log in. If login is accomplished during this period, please be aware that your session may be unexpectedly terminated at any time, and your work may not be saved. We do not recommend attempting to access ECF during this period. Pacer Service Center Announcement.
     
  • UPDATE - PLANNED BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Maintenance activities for the Phoenix Datacenter are planned for Saturday, January 15, 2011, beginning at 5am and continuing until Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 10am, MST. As a result of these activities, there will be a loss of service to ECF, as well as The Court's website. During that downtime, you will see a failover message on The Court's website, and ECF will be in failover mode, allowing searches and queries, but no filings.
     
  • PACER Service Maintenance: National maintenance activities to PACER are planned for Saturday, January 8, 2011. As a result of these activities, there will be widespread, intermittent interruptions to ECF services beginning at 6am, and continuing through 3pm. There will be no failover during these interruptions, and you will be unable to log in. If login is accomplished during this period, please be aware that your session may be unexpectedly terminated at any time, and your work may not be saved. We do not recommend attempting to access ECF during this period.
     
  • Planned Building Maintenance: Maintenance activities for the Phoenix Datacenter are planned for Saturday, January 15, 2011, beginning at 5am, and continuing until Monday, January 17, 2011 at 8pm, MST. As a result of these activities, there will be a loss of service to ECF, as well as this website. During that downtime, you will see a failover message here, and ECF will be in failover mode, allowing searches and queries, but no filings.

    Please monitor the "System Outages" section of the ECF Homepage for details.