December 25, 2013 - Christmas Day
December 31, 2013, January 1, 2014 - New Year's Day
Latest Newsletter (Court News and Views) Available
(posted November 27, 2013) Volume 6 of the Alabama Middle Bankruptcy Court's newsletter, Court News and Views, is now available. Please give us feedback on how we can make these newsletters more useful to you. email@example.com
Fee Changes - Effective December 1
(Posted November 14, 2013)The Judicial Conference recently approved several changes to the federal court miscellaneous fee schedules. A new fee was established of $176 to file a Motion to Sell Property of the Estate Free and Clear of Liens under 11 U.S.C. §363(f). Motions filed under this statute provide asset purchasers and sellers in bankruptcy cases with substantial benefits, and impose significant burdens on the courts to resolve them. The records retrieval fee was increased from $53 to $64 for the first box requested from a Federal Records Center and a new fee of $39 was created for each additional box requested. These fees represent an effort to recoup some of the rising shipping and processing costs for handling those paper records.
National Bankruptcy Filings Down 12% for FY 2013
(Posted October 30, 2013) According to a recent press release from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, national bankruptcy filings were down 12% for the year ending September 30, 2013 from the same period ending September 30, 2012. Although the increase is less than 1%, the Middle District of Alabama remains one of only a handful of districts in which total filings have not decreased. To view the full press release, click here.
Rule Amendments Effective December 1, 2013
(Posted October 9, 2013) Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure were approved by the Judicial Conference at its September 2012 session, and subsequently adopted by the Supreme Court. The amendments have since been transmitted to Congress and will take effect on December 1, 2013, unless Congress enacts legislation to the contrary. Detailed information regarding the amended bankruptcy rules and related forms are available on the Court's Attorney Resources page or by clicking here. A video presentation on the upcoming rule amendments is also available from the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
Attorney Advisory Group:
(posted August 15, 2013) Chief Judge Dwight Williams and Judge William Sawyer decided to maintain an Attorney Advisory Group as a way to collect feedback and to keep the lines of communication open between the local bar and the Court. They recently reviewed a list of attorney volunteers and recommendations and selected the following attorneys. With their selections, the judges tried to maintain a balance geographically and by types of practice. If you were not selected this time, please volunteer next time. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and to those who sent in recommendations. (Please note: three of the attorneys listed below were selected with the last group and will carry over for another year).
Paul J. Spina, III (carry over);
Charles N. Parnell, III (carry over);
Marsha C. Mason (carry over);
Cameron A. Metcalf (new member);
Paul D. Esco (new member);
Charles E. Grainger (new member); and
Bowdy J. Brown (new member).
Local Rules Committee:
(posted August 15, 2013) Chief Judge Dwight Williams and Judge William Sawyer are creating a Local Rules Committee to review our local rules and to make recommendations. They recently reviewed a list of attorney volunteers and recommendations and selected the following attorneys. With their selections, the judges tried to maintain a balance geographically and by types of practice. If you were not selected this time, please volunteer next time. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and to those who sent in recommendations. :
Britt B. Griggs (Chairperson);
DeAnne M. Calhoon;
J. Kaz Espy;
Kristen P. Abbott;
Richard C. Dean, Jr.;
Charles M. Ingrum, Jr.; and
Jennifer R. Stanley.
Amended Order on Presumptive Fee in Ch. 13 Cases
(posted June 17, 2013) Judge Williams and Judge Sawyer signed an amended order increasing the maximum presumptive fee for legal services in Chapter 13 cases filed in the Middle District of Alabama by an attorney for the debtor. Please note the order is effective for cases filed on or after January 1, 2014. To view the order, click on the Administrative Orders tab under Quick Links or click here.
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Honorable William R. Sawyer
Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge
Honorable Dwight H. Williams, Jr.
United States Bankruptcy Judge
Serving the following counties: Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Pike counties.
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