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Changes to National Rules, Forms and Fees Effective 12/1/2013

Rules

Absent action by Congress, amendments to the following Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will become effective December 1, 2013.

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

Click here for the amendments and background materials.

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.

Click here for the amendments and background materials.

Forms

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

  • 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

Click here for the amended forms with instructions and committee notes.

Fees

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

  • 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. ยง 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)