Notice of Changes to Bankruptcy Rules, Forms and ECF

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts will be implementing a series of changes prescribed by the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), the Bankruptcy Rules Committee and the Bankruptcy Administration Committee. These amendments include the following:

Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007

Rule 1007 is amended to reflect all forms and schedules required for bankruptcy case filings..

New/Revised Bankruptcy Forms

Although the Judicial Conference requires the implementation of all new and revised forms effective October 1, our court has postponed the filing requirement until the completion of ECF version 3.1 upgrade. This upgrade is scheduled for October 15. On October 16, the new or revised forms associated with BAPCPA must be used for all new cases. Attorneys who use case upload software must contact their software vendor, as soon as possible, to ensure that they have the required updated software. The new case upload software may only be used starting October 16. Please refrain from using the updated case upload software prior to October 16.

Copies of the proposed amendments to the official forms and the amended Director's forms are available on the Bankruptcy Forms Pending Final Action page of the US Court's website. The revised forms include:

Exhibit D to the voluntary petition is a new form.

The revised Director’s procedural forms include:

Bankruptcy CM/ECF Release 3.1 is primarily designed to address the statistical requirements of the BAPCPA and the Judicial Conference’s Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. The online attorney manuals will be updated in the near future.

  • Version 3.1 will be implementing a number of statistical changes required by BAPCPA that will affect the case upload/case opening screens. An overview of the changes in version 3.1 is available at the Pacer Service Center’s website.

  • General topics of discussion will include: The PACER login screen; Case Opening Screens (both bankruptcy and adversary proceedings); Case Upload; Creditor Processing; Docketing; Notices; Query; Reports; Utilities; and Miscellaneous.

  • ECF version 3.1 will be available on Monday, October 16. ECF will be unavailable all day, Sunday, October 15 during the installation of version 3.1.

If you have any questions regarding version 3.1 or the new forms, please contact the any one of our divisional offices or the Help Desk.