Early Notification - Standing Order 09-07 Effective December 1, 2009

In this letter to the bankruptcy community, the Clerk provides advanced notification of the impacts of Standing Order 09-07 on practice and procedures within the Northern District of Iowa.  Although the changes outlined in this Standing Order do not go into effect until December 1, 2009, the Clerk has provided  as much notice as possible (six months), to ensure that all who practice within the Northern District can take the appropriate preparatory actions.

Reaffirmation Agreement Filing Requirements Reminder

The December 2008 amendments to FRBP 4008(a) establish the requirement for all reaffirmation agreements to be filed no later than 60 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors (§ 341 Meeting).  The June 1, 2009, letter from the Clerk outlines the procedures to be followed by the Clerk's Office, should a reaffirmation agreement be filed after the 60 day deadline.

Signature Requirements Reminder - Electronic Filings

The Court's Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filings clearly establish the signature block requirements for papers/pleadings filed electronically within the Northern District.  See the Letter from the Clerk for a reminder of those requirements and the deficiency process that will follow, should the requirements not be met.  Note: Documents with wet signatures scanned to pdf are also acceptable.

Courtroom Security - Standing Order 09-04

The dissemination of any recorded courtroom transmissions by any means, for any purpose, by or to any person, without a court order authorizing such dissemination is prohibited.  Any unauthorized dissemination shall subject the person or persons responsible to appropriate sanctions.

Northern District of Iowa's Improved Web Presence

Effective Monday, April 6, 2009, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa will launch its new public website. Taking the Iowa Northern web presence beyond an improved "look and feel," we have also incorporated elements of intuitive menu composition/presentation and real-time information feeds, all in an attempt to provide increased service to the bankruptcy community.

Change to Improper Venue Procedures

Effective immediately for those cases filed in the Sioux City, Fort Dodge and Mason City divisions, the court, on its own motion, will examine the venue of cases filed in the Northern District of Iowa if the District appears to be an improper venue. If, after notice and hearing, the venue is found to be improper, the court may dismiss the case or transfer it to a proper venue. See the Letter from the Clerk for full details.


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