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Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Hon. Albert S. Dabrowski

Clerk of Court
Gary M. Gfeller

Clerk's Office
ABRAHAM RIBICOFF FEDERAL BUILDING
450 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 240-3675

Archived Notices

 
 
01/02/13 CM/ECF Release 5.0

The Connecticut CM/ECF system will go LIVE with Release 5.0 on January 11, 2013. This release contains several enhancements on the following topics: PACER links, Withdrawal of Attorney, Docket Reports, Docket Activity Report, Viewing of calendar, Queries, Multiple Social Security and Identification Numbers, NEFs, Attorney and Party Association, Cases Report, Claims Report, Case conversion information. Click here for more detailed information.
 
11/29/12 Amended Rules go into effect December 1, 2012

Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules have been approved by the Judicial Conference and the Supreme Court. These changes are related to Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 2015, 3001, 7054 and 7056. These amendments are effective December 1, 2012.

Please visit the U.S. Courts website at www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies for more detailed information

 
11/28/12 Amended Forms go into effect December 1, 2012

Effective December 1, 2012 the following forms will be amended. Please click here for the list of amended forms.
 
11/19/12 Fee Increase for Motion for Admission of Visiting Attorney Effective 12/1/12

Effective December 1, 2012, the fee for filing a Motion for Admission of Visiting Attorney will increase from $25.00 per attorney to $75.00 per attorney.
 
10/11/12 Fee changes to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved several changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule at its September 2012 session. Specifically, it approved (1) a $25 fee for the transfer of a claim, effective May 1, 2013, (2) a $1167 fee to file a motion to reopen or divide a Chapter 11 case, effective November 21, 2012, and (3) a $1167 fee to file a Chapter 15 case, effective November 21, 2012. 

The EPA fee schedule was revised, effective October 1, 2012, to make the records search ($30) and returned check ($53) fees consistent with the miscellaneous fee schedule. The Miscellaneous Fee Schedule can be accessed by clicking here and the EPA Fee Schedule by clicking here.
 
09/24/12 Public Notice re: Pretrial Order form now contains a date

Effective Monday, September 24, 2012, the form Pretrial Order, which is issued together with a Summons in an adversary proceeding will now contain a date which will be 42 days after the issuance of such summons as the "Pretrial Order Due Date".
 
09/11/12

Public Notice re: Returned Mail (Centralized Processing of Returned BNC Mail)

This month, the Judiciary’s Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) contractor will begin accepting, processing and securely disposing of notices that would otherwise be returned to the bankruptcy courts by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The service will eliminate nearly all manual processing of returned mail currently performed by court personnel and will provide timely notification to debtors’ attorneys of returned notices.

Currently, BNC returned mail goes either to the court or to debtors’ attorneys. As a cost-savings and efficiency measure, bankruptcy courts have been strongly urged to have most returned mail sent to the debtor’s attorney, which provides notice that a better address for such recipient should be provided to the court. This procedure is not changing. What does change, however, is that those pieces of mail that are currently directed for return to the bankruptcy courts will now be handled in one facility through the new centralized return mail program.

Under the terms of the revised contract, the BNC contractor will have two business days from receipt to process the returned mail, and the contractor’s system will autogenerate a Notice of Returned Mail email notification to the debtor’s attorney, with a copy of the notice as a PDF attachment, advising of the returned mail by the USPS. If no attorney email address is available or if the debtor is pro se, the Notice of Returned Mail will be sent by U.S. mail to the attorney or pro se debtor, as appropriate.

Thus, beginning this month, debtors’ attorneys will start to receive returned mail in bankruptcy cases in two different ways: regular USPS mail for the majority of items where the return address is the debtor’s attorney, and email Notices of Returned Mail for returned mail that would have been sent back to the bankruptcy court.

 

 
09/04/12 Increase to Chapter 11 Filing Fee, Effective November 21, 2012

Fees for filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will increase for cases filed on or after November 21, 2012. The fee increase was included in the Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-121) , which was signed into law by the President on May 25, 2012. A provision in the law increases the statutory filing fee for all new Chapter 11 cases to $1,167. The total fee for filing a Chapter 11 case will increase to $1,213 (statutory fee of $1,167 under 28 U.S.C. § 1930(a)(3) plus the administrative fee of $46 under Item 8 of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule).
 
07/31/12

Gary M. Gfeller becomes new Clerk of Court

On July 30, 2012, Gary M. Gfeller became the new Clerk of Court for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

 
03/20/12

CM/ECF Release 4.3

The CM/ECF system will go live with Release 4.3 on April 1, 2012. This release will support the fee increase in the Public Access to Court Electronic Records  (PACER) from 8 cents to 10 cents per page, which is effective April 1, 2012. This release also contains a fix for prior billing problems for PACER users.

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
02/29/12 Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Burton R. Lifland

Click here for specific details.

Dated this 29th day of February, 2012

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
1/31/11 Standing Order 14 has been amended effective December 17th, 2010

Please note that Standing Order 14 has been amended effective December 17th,  2010. The amended  Standing Order 14 is available here on the court's website.

Dated this 31st day of January, 2011

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
01/07/11 The Federal Judiciary is making some changes to its internet provider services. To ensure continued timely delivery of Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs) from the court, it is recommended that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or your IT professional add the following IP addresses to your email "white list":
199.107.16.200 199.107.16.202 199.107.16.204 199.107.16.205
206.18.112.200 206.18.112.202 206.18.112.204 206.18.112.205

The court has already notified very large ISPs, such as HotMail and Yahoo.

 
11/17/10 Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2010

Notice of Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2010. 

Click here for details.

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
7/15/10 Standing Order 12 has been amended effective July 1, 2010

Please note that Standing Order 12 has been amended effective July 1, 2010. The amended  Standing Order 12 is available here on the court's website.

Dated this 15th day of July, 2010

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
7/13/10 Change in Bridgeport Short Calendar Date for the week of September 6, 2010

There will be NO short calendar matters heard in Bridgeport on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Instead, short calendar matters for Bridgeport cases will be heard on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm.

Dated this 13th day of July, 2010

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
4/28/10 Standing Order No. 12 Amended Effective May 1, 2010

Please take notice that effective May 1, 2010, Standing Order No. 12 is amended to reflect that the use of Procedural Form B240A(4/10) is required for all reaffirmations agreements filed pursuant to 11 U.S.C .' 524. Usage of previously promulgated forms will not conform with this requirement. Amended Standing Order 12 is available here on the court's website.

Dated this 28th day of April, 2010

Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk

 
3/01/10 Judge Lorraine Murphy Weil becomes Chief Judge, effective 03/01/10

Effective March 1, 2010, Bankruptcy Judge Lorraine Murphy Weil succeeded Bankruptcy Judge Albert S. Dabrowski as Chief Judge for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.

 

 
12/01/09 Local Bankruptcy Rule 6004.1 has been amended, effective 12/01/09

Please take notice that effective December 1, 2009 Local Bankruptcy Rule 6004.1 has been amended to comport with the new time computation procedures mandated by Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a) and Fed. R. Bank. P. 9006. Attorneys should also be aware that numerous Local Rules of the District Court have also been amended and are available on their website. You may also wish to review the Report of the Judicial Conference at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/Supreme Court 2008/Excerpt_ST_CV.pdf for explanation of the new time computations procedures
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11/17/09

Holiday Court Closings 

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut will be closed on:

Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 31, 2009

 
11/05/09

CM/ECF  Release 3.3.3 

The CM/ECF system is expecting to go live with Release 3.3.3 on Saturday, November 7, 2009. This release will change the login page so that the following message will display when FILERS attempt to log into CM/ECF:

IMPORTANT: All filings with the court - including attachments - must comply with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037: Social Security or taxpayer-identification numbers; dates of birth; names of minor children; and financial account numbers may not appear, except as allowed by the rule. All filers will have to check the following box which appears under the message:

I understand that, if I file, I must comply with the redaction rules. I have read this notice. Filers must check this box and will not be able to continue logging in until it is checked.

 
8/26/09

Reaffirmation Agreement Filing Deadline, effective 8/31/09

By amendments effective December 1, 2008, Bankruptcy Rule 4008 (a) established the deadline for the filing of objections to discharge as the deadline for the filing of Reaffirmation Agreements, subject to extension by the court. While most Reaffirmation Agreements are timely filed, a substantial number are not. The court has adopted a new procedure addressing untimely filed agreements. Effective August 31, 2009, any Reaffirmation Agreement filed after the deadline for the filing Reaffirmation Agreements will result in a deficiency notice, and the matter will be set for hearing. The court may, in its discretion, extend the time at the hearing, or may strike the agreement. Additionally, the Court’s Notice of § 341 Meeting will also contain the deadline for filing a Reaffirmation Agreement.

 
7/17/09 National Archives and Records Administration Acceptable Image Quality Specifications:

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), regarding archival preservation and continued use of the scanned images in the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case File System (CM/ECF). There is a need to have a scanning resolution that produces a high quality document with a file size that will not hamper the length of time it takes to scan, load and retrieve documents.

In the past, the recommendation from NARA was set at 200 dots per inch (dpi). Since that time, however, NARA has published higher standards for scanning resolution, which better support archival preservation. In efforts to assist NARA in preserving and continuing the use of scanned images in the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case File System, we are asking for your assistance in this effort. It is strongly recommended (although not required) that scanner settings of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) or higher be used for any scanned documents submitted to the court on CM/ECF. See guidance below.

NARA 's Acceptable Image Quality Specifications:

3.2.1 Bitonal (1-bit) scanned at 300 - 600 ppi

This is appropriate for documents that consist exclusively of clean printed type possessing high inherent contrast (e.g., laser printed or typeset on a white background Scanning at 600 ppi is recommended.

3.2.2 Gray sale (8-bit) scanned at 300 - 400 ppi

This is appropriate for textual documents of poor legibility because of low inherent contrast, staining or fading (e.g., carbon copies, thermofax, or documents with handwritten annotations or other markings), or that contain halftone illustrations or photographs. Scanning at 400 ppi is recommended.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact our ECF Help Desk.

 
6/23/09 Chapter 13 Discharge Procedure goes into Effect, effective 6/22/09- additions added, see below*

Pursuant to 11 USC sec. 1328 (a) and (h) and 522(q), new Standing Order 14 provides that in order for a debtor to receive a discharge, the debtor must first file an Application for Entry of Chapter 13 Discharge , Please note that this a locally created form, and not the optional AO form.

This form will be sent to the debtors and their counsel by the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee upon filing of the Chapter 13 Final Report. The debtor must file the Application within 20 days of filing of the Final Account. The form is also available at the clerk's offices and in the Forms section of our website.

The clerk's office, upon receipt of the Application, will issue a Notice of Filing of Application for Entry of Chapter 13 Discharge. This notice will carry a 14 day bar date for the filing of any objections. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled. If no objections are filed and the debtor is otherwise eligible a discharge will enter. If the Application is not filed, the case may be closed without a discharge after notice and hearing.

*In addition to the Application for the Entry of Discharge, the debtor must also, in order to receive a discharge, file a Debtor’s Certification of Financial Management (official form B23), and a Financial Management Certificate (from agency)

Obtain the application here.

 
2/26/09 CM/ECF Release 3.2 and 3.3 

The CM/ECF system is expecting to go live with Release 3.2 and 3.3 on March 2, 2009. In preparation for these releases, please review Bankruptcy CM/ECF 3.2 Release notes by clicking on the link
here. and Bankruptcy CM/ECF 3.3 Release Notes by clicking on the link. here

*Note... this can take a few minutes depending on the speed of your connection.   

 
12/16/08 Pending Change in the Bankruptcy Official Forms Effective 12/19/08

B 22A Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Chapter 7) (12/08) - Effective 12/19/2008
Form
| Committee Note (Approved by the Judicial Conference on 11.18.08)
    
12/01/08 Amendment to Director's Procedural Form B201 (Effective 12/01/08)

B 201 Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor (12/08)
Form
| Committee note

Director's Procedural Form B 201 has been amended to advise debtors that Rule 4002 requires the debtor to notify the court of any changes in the debtor's address. As revised, Form B 201 also states that joint debtors who list the same mailing address on the bankruptcy petition, will generally receive a single copy of each notice mailed from the bankruptcy court in a jointly-addressed envelope. The revised form is effective on December 1, 2008.

 
11/18/08 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT LOCAL RULE OF BANKRUPTCY PROCEDURE 1073-1 HAS BEEN AMENDED AS FOLLOWS, Effective December 1, 2008

Local Bankruptcy Rule 1073-1.

(A) All cases shall be assigned by the clerk to a bankruptcy judge as follows:

(i) those cases in which the debtor resides or has its principal place of business in Fairfield or Litchfield Counties shall be assigned to the Bridgeport Division;

(ii) those cases in which the debtor resides or has its principal place of business in Middlesex or New Haven Counties shall be assigned to the New Haven Division; and

(iii) those cases in which the debtor resides or has its principal place of business in Hartford, New London, Tolland or Windham Counties shall be assigned to the Hartford Division.


    
11/18/08 CHANGES IN BANKRUPTCY FORMS - Effective December 1, 2008
Form B 1 - Exhibit D - Individual Debtor's Statement of Compliance with Credit Counseling Requirement
Form
| Committee Note

Form B 8 - Chapter 7 Individual Debtor's Statement of Intention
Form | Committee Note

Form B 23 - Debtor's Certification of Completion of Postpetition Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management
Form     No committee note. The paragraph describing Filing Deadlines at the bottom of the form was revised to include a reference to  1141(d)(5)(B).

    
10/23/08 Clerk's Notice: 
Contested Matters Procedure

Please notice that the Contested Matters procedures previously applicable in the Bridgeport and New Haven divisions are now available in the Hartford division as well. The procedures differ from those enacted in 2005 only by the inclusion of the Hartford division. All forms remain the same.
    
10/08/08 Clerk's Notice: 
NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENT - PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO LOCAL BANKRUPTCY RULE 1073-1

Please take notice that the judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut propose that the following changes to the assignment of cases within the district take effect on December 1, 2008. The changes are designed to effectuate the equitable distribution of cases amongst the divisions in light of the retirement of Judge Robert L. Krechevsky. Please submit any comments to Clerk of Court, Deborah S. Hunt,no later than November 15, 2008. See here for the complete notice.
   
10/07/08 Clerk's Notice: 
CM/ECF Release 3.2 Postponed
 
POSTPONED until further notice due to programming issues. The CM/ECF system is expecting to go live with Release 3.2 on October 24, 2008. In preparation for this release, please review CM/ECF 3.2 Bankruptcy Release notes by clicking on the link here.
*Note... this can take a few minutes depending on the speed of your connection. 
   
10/01/08 Clerk's Notice: 
Notice of Fees change
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There has been a change in fees for splitting a Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 case effective 10/01/2008 (Click here.)
   
9/04/08 Clerk's Notice:
Transferred Cases 

Judge Robert L. Krechevsky retired from the bench as of August 31, 2008. His pending cases were transferred to Judge Albert S. Dabrowski who will hear the transferred cases in Hartford, unless otherwise ordered. Judge Dabrowski's New Haven cases will be heard in New Haven, unless otherwise ordered. 
   
8/20/08 Clerk's Notice: 
NOTICE OF FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY 
(Click here.)
   
6/11/08 The CM/ECF upgrade scheduled for June 28-29, 2008 has been postponed. 
When the upgrade is rescheduled the new date will be posted here. Please continue to check back.
   
5/21/08 Note: this has been postponed see above, During the upgrade the system will not be available for electronic filing. There will be several changes to the way CM/ECF looks and works once the release has been loaded. Please review the attached Release Notes Here and the learning module below  which highlight the major changes you, as a PACER and ECF user, will notice once this release is installed. Monday June 30th is the anticipated live date of the new release. For the Learning Module Click Here Note this can take a few minutes depending on the speed of your connection. 
   
11/29/07 Clerk's Notice: 

Effective December 1, 2007 the following forms will be amended: 

B l,        Voluntary Petition,
B 3A,    Application and Order to Pay Filing Fee in Installments
B 3B,    Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee
B 4,       List of Creditors Holding 20 Largest Unsecured Claims
B 5,       Involuntary Petition
B 6,      Cover Sheet for Schedules
B6,        Summary of Schedules (Includes Statistical Summary of  Certain Liabilities)
B6A-J,  Schedules A-J -
B 6,      Declaration Concerning Debtor's Schedules
B 7,      Statement of Financial Affairs
B9,       Notices of Commencement of Case under the Bankruptcy Code, Meeting of Creditors, and Deadlines
B9A-I,  Notices
B 10,     Proof Of Claim
B 16A,  Caption
B 18,     Discharge of Debtor
B 19,     Declaration and Signature of Non-Attorney Bankruptcy Petition Preparer
B 21,     Statement of Social Security Number
B 23,     Debtor's Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management
B 24,     Certification to Court of Appeals

The new forms are available at the Federal Judiciary's website by following this link: http://www.uscourts.gov/bankform/index.html#amendbk

The Court's website will not have the amended forms available locally until mid-December. Please use the link above to ensure you are using the correct forms. 
   
7/17/07 Clerk's Notice: 
Please take Notice that pursuant to 28 U.S.C. �2071; Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9029; and Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 83, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut proposes to amend Local Bankruptcy Rules 5010-1, 7041-1 and 9010-1 and herewith seeks comments from the bar and public thereon. Click here to view the proposed rule amendments or copies can be obtained at http://www.ctb.uscourts.gov   or the Clerk's offices in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.

Comments should be submitted no later than August 15, 2007 to Deborah S. Hunt, Clerk of Court, 450 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 

   
3/28/07 Clerk's Notice: 
Please be advised that several automatic adjustments to amounts referred to in the Bankruptcy Act and Title 28 will take effect on April 1. As a consequence thereof various official bankruptcy forms will also be modified. Please see the attached memorandum for further information. The amended forms should be available as of April 1, 2007 on the Court's website. Click here to see notice:
   
1/23/07 Clerk's Notice: 
Adding, or modifying creditors is permissible ONLY when being done in connection with the filing of other matters. For example creditors may be added or modified when filing a Claim, filing a Notice of Appearance and Request for Notice, Amending a Claim, or when filing another creditor related ECF event. Any addition or modification made without using an event will be deleted by the clerk's office. In the event creditor information should be changed without an event, please contact the clerk's office.
   
1/23/07 Clerk's Notice: 
Please note that the Bankruptcy Subpoena Forms B-254, B-255, and B-256 have been changed. For further information please see click here. The new forms supersede any previous forms.
   
01/09/07 Clerk's Notice: 
Pay.gov Change Effective February 1, 2007 Effective February 1, 2007, all district and bankruptcy court CM/ECF users that pay fees through the Pay.gov system will be required to complete the security code field to complete the transaction.
   
01/03/07 Clerk's Notice: 
Please Note that certain fees have been modified effective January 1, 2007. The new fees are posted here .
   
12/10/2006 Clerk's Notice: 
Effective December 11, 2006, when you file a Proof of Claim or Amendment to Schedules, and the creditor is not listed or listed incorrectly, you will be given the opportunity to add or modify the creditor during the process of filing your claim and/or amendment. Please refer to our online tutorial on Adding Creditors for instructions on how to add creditors in this instance.
   
10/10/2006 Clerk's Notice: 
Effective 10/15/06 the Bankruptcy Court will be live on Release 3.1 of CM/ECF. Release 3.1 is designed primarily to facilitate new data collection and statistical analysis as required by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Docket event codes have either been created or modified to allow for the transmission of the data. Please refer to the List of Changes created for Release 3.1 posted here.
   
02/05/2006 Clerk's Notice: 
Quick Guide to Procedural Changes Brought About by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Click here.)
   
10/21/2005 Clerk's Notice: 
Interim Bankruptcy Rules Adopted effective October 17, 2005 (Click here.)
   
10/03/2005 Implementation of Bankruptcy Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 
(Click here.)
   
07/22/2005 Clerk's Notice: 
Court's Notice Re: Adopting CM/ECF (Click here.)
   
07/14/2005 Clerk's Notice: 
Notice Re: Training (Click here.)