Redaction Requirements

Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9037 clearly establishes the privacy protection requirements for filings made with the court. Subparagraph (a) defines the redaction requirements for personal identifying information captured in such filings. See the Letter from the Clerk for a reminder of the types of information/identifiers that must be redacted by counsel, parties, and others who make filings with the court.

CM/ECF Conversion Reminder - Court Goes Live on Release 3.3.1 on January 31, 2009

The Northern District of Iowa’s CM/ECF system will be unavailable between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, January 31, 2009, as we complete our conversion effort to Version 3.3.1. Please be sure that your respective Bankruptcy Preparation Software providers have provided you with the necessary updates, prior to February 1st, for continued successful electronic filing within the Northern District. A “Frequent Filer” newsletter to highlight the new features captured in Version 3.3.1.

National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008

On November 19, 2008, the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States approved Interim Rule 1007-I, which was specifically designed to implement the substantive and procedural changes mandated by the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-438 (the Act).

Disclosure/Corporate Ownership Statement Requirements

Through Standing Order No. 08-06, the bankruptcy judges for the Northern District of Iowa have applied the Disclosure/Corporate Ownership Statement requirements as defined in Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1 to each document filed into a bankruptcy case and/or adversary proceeding in the Northern District, that marks the initial appearance of a non-governmental corporation. Excepted from this requirement are Proofs of Claims and Reaffirmation Agreements. Standing Order no. 08-06 is effective immediately. To read the Standing Order in its entirety see the attachment.

Electronic Availability and Redaction of Transcripts of Court Proceedings

On December 1, 2007, the amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure that implement the E-Government Act of 2002 became effective. These amendments were further revised by the Judicial Conference at its March 2008 session. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa has now fully implemented the revised Judicial Conference policy governing public access to transcripts of court proceedings. See the Letter from the Clerk for complete details on this new policy/procedure.

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