Amended Local Rules Effective 12/1/09

In this letter to the bankruptcy community, the Clerk provides as advance reference a copy of the amended Local Rules for the Northern District of Iowa, as approved on November 13, 2009 by the 8th Circuit Judicial Council.  These rules go into effect on December 1, 2009.

Upcoming Changes: Division Assignment, CM/ECF, Reaffirmation Agreements, and Time Computation

In this letter to the bankruptcy community, the Clerk provides notification to changes involving: (1) the assignment of cases in the Court's Mason City and Fort Dodge Divisions; (2) the redaction requirements enforced by the Court's CM/ECF system; (3) Reaffirmation Agreement filing procedures in the Northern District after December 1, 2009; and (4) Time Computations pursuant to the December 1, 2009 Rule Amendments.  

Pending CM/ECF Enhancements - Redaction Requirements

Enhanced language and functionality enforcing the redaction requirements of Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedures, Rule 9037(a) will be incorporated into the next release of CM/ECF. In this letter to the bankruptcy community, the Clerk provides advanced notification of these changes to assist electronic filers in making the necessary arrangements with their respective third-party software providers.

New Scanner Settings for Documents Uploaded into Court CM/ECF System

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regarding archival preservation and continued use of scanned images in the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case File (CM/ECF) system.

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