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.

Form and Procedural Changes - December 2008

On December 1, 2008, a number of form/procedural changes will become effective, and on December 19, 2008 the requirements of the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008 will become effective. See the letter from the clerk for complete details on these form and procedural changes.

Exhibit One to Standing Order One

The Bankruptcy court has revised Exhibit One to Standing Order One to remove the requirement to serve the United States Trustee with a paper copy of new petitions. The requirement to serve paper copies of new petitions on the case trustees still stands.

Preferred Creditor Addresses

The Court has entered Standing Order No. 13 to assist in providing a streamlined process for creditors requesting notice to a preferred address. The procedures and forms established through this Order are specifically designed for creditors filing notice in the Northern District of preferred addresses under 11 U.S.C. § 342(f).

Statutory Increase in Chapter 11 Quarterly Fees

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110 - 161, December 26, 2007) contains a provision requested by the Department of Justice that increased the quarterly fees on disbursements paid by Chapter 11 debtors in United States trustee regions. Section 213 of Title II of the Act raises the quarterly fees in all disbursement bands and creates three new upper bands. See the Letter from the Clerk for complete details and a reference chart to the new fees that went into effect on January 1, 2008.

Transcription Rate Increase

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved an increase in the rates for production of transcripts of federal court proceedings, effective immediately. See attachment for a list of the new rates.

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