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.

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.


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