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.

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).


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