|United States Bankruptcy Court
District of Minnesota
|CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Tuesday, February 18, 6am until 7am.||2/12/2014|
|Updates on website/CMECF outage on January 24, 2014: On Friday, January 24, 2014, hackers launched a distributed denial of service (DDos) attack against the federal judiciary's publicly accessible websites, including uscourts.gov and all court-specific web sites. For several hours (from approximately 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm), these sites were inaccessible, thus precluding end-users from filing case documents electronically, accessing case files through PACER, and obtaining general court information from court web sites.|
During the service disruption, staff for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota worked with attorneys with emergency filings to ensure the timely receipt of those filings. Should this type of service disruption occur again, attorneys with emergency filings should contact any of the clerk's offices by phone for assistance.
|Bankruptcy Court closed on December 24, 25 and 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.|
Please note that December 24 and 31 are not legal holidays for purposes of computing time under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9006(a).
|The Duluth office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota is closed today, Wednesday, December 4, due to inclement weather. Please contact the St Paul or Minneapolis clerk's office for assistance today.||12/4/2013|
|Vacancy on Bankruptcy Practice Committee: In January, the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will appoint one new member to the Bankruptcy Practice Committee. The Practice Committee meets every other month to address local rule changes and to provide input and suggestions on improving the administration of bankruptcy cases and proceedings in the district. In addition, members of the Committee typically serve on one or both of the topical subcommittees dealing with business and
If you wish to be considered for membership on the Practice Committee, please send an email with a brief statement of your interest and qualifications to Clerk of Court Lori Vosejpka (email@example.com) on or before December 20, 2013.
|National rule, form and fee changes effective December 1, 2013 Read More||11/26/2013|
|Proposed revisions to Local Rules and Forms posted for notice and comment. Read More||11/26/2013|
|The U.S. Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, November 29, 2013. Please note that November 29 is not a legal holiday for purposes of computing time under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9006(a).||11/12/2013|
|Public Notice regarding reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Gregory F. Kishel and request for public comments.||11/4/2013|
|On 10/28/2013, the phone service for the Duluth Courthouse will be unavailable between noon and 1pm. Please call one of the Twin Cities offices at 612.664.5200 (Minneapolis) or 651.848.1000 (St. Paul) if you need assistance during this period. The maintenance work was originally scheduled for November 4th and rescheduled due scheduling conflict.||10/25/2013|
|On 11/04/2013, the phone service for the Duluth Courthouse will be unavailable between noon and 1pm. Please call one of the Twin Cities offices at 612.664.5200 (Minneapolis) or 651.848.1000 (St. Paul), if you need assistance during this period. The maintenance work was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 17th and rescheduled due to the government shutdown.||10/15/2013|
|Website shut down for maintenance this Friday from 7pm to 9pm. This website (http://www.mnb.uscourts.gov/) will be shut down for maintenance on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm.||10/15/2013|
|U.S. Trustee seeks resumes for appointment to panel of Chapter 7 Trustees. The United States Trustee seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the panel of trustees who administer cases filed under chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. Read the official announcement.||10/2/2013|
|On 10/17/2013 the phone service for the Duluth Courthouse will be unavailable between noon and 1pm. Please call the Twin Cities offices at 612.664.5200 (Minneapolis) or 651.848.1000 (St. Paul), if you need assistance during this period.||10/1/2013|
|In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be open and will maintain normal hours and operations for approximately 10 business days. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled and CM/ECF will be available for the electronic filing and review of documents.||9/30/2013|
|The United States Trustee has appointed Gregory A. Burrell as Standing Chapter 13 Trustee in the District of Minnesota, effective October 1, 2013. Mr. Burrell takes the place of Jasmine Keller, who is retiring. Read more.||9/30/2013|
|Due to technical issues, we experienced an interruption in CM/ECF service this morning. It is currently back on line. We will continue to monitor the status.||9/12/2013|
|Pay.gov is currently experiencing technical difficulties as of 4:17pm. We will share more information as it becomes available.||8/30/2013|
| Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) deliveries. To ensure that you continue receiving Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) deliveries, please contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to have the following uscourts.gov mail server IP addresses whitelisted:|
|Changes to the method of specifying hearing dates and times in CM/ECF go into effect on August 19th. Read the complete details.||8/6/2013|
|2013 Raeder Larson Public Service Award presented to Mary Jo Jensen-Carter and John Hedback. On July 23, 2013, Chief Judge Gregory Kishel presented the 2013 Raeder Larson Public Service Award to John Hedback and Mary Jo Jensen-Carter. Read more.||7/30/2013|
|Minneapolis courthouse parking ramp to convert to contract parking only effective August 1, 2013. Effective August 1, the public parking garage in the Minneapolis courthouse will convert to contract parking only; public parking on an hourly basis will no longer be available in the courthouse. Please consult www.mplsparking.com for information on other public parking ramps and lots in the vicinity of the courthouse.||7/30/2013|
|CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Wednesday, July 24, 10pm until 11pm. Please plan accordingly.||7/23/2013|
|Welcome, Judge Constantine! On July 1, 2013, Eighth Circuit Judge Diana Murphy administered the oath of office to new Bankruptcy Judge Katherine A. Constantine. Read the complete details.||7/1/2013|
|We will be performing maintenance on CM/ECF from 7/13 (Saturday) at 10 am to 7/14 (Sunday)at midnight. During that time, CM/ECF may not be available during the first hour, and only the search and view case information features will be available after that.||7/1/2013|
|Between Friday, June 14th and Monday, June 17th, the national mail routing system experienced intermittent issues and failed to send some Notices of Electronic Filings (NEFs). We recommend that you log into the CM/ECF application and run the Electronic Notices Summary from the Reports menu to make sure you're aware of all activity in your cases. Please call our technical help line at 612-664-5275 if you need additional assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience.||6/20/2013|
|Adversary Proceeding Training Classes Announced. Read the complete details.||6/13/2013|
|Notice of Position Vacancy: Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in St. Paul (Full-time, Term position). Read the complete posting.||5/30/2013|
|Katherine A. Constantine appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. Read the full press release.||5/29/2013|
|On Monday, May 20, Chief District Judge Michael J. Davis administered the oath of office to new Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Ridgway. Read more.||5/20/2013|
|CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Saturday, May 18, 8am until 11am. Please plan accordingly.||5/16/2013|
|Notice of Position Vacancy: Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Minneapolis (Full-time, Term position). Read the complete posting.||5/15/2013|
|Michael E. Ridgway appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota . Read the full press release.||5/14/2013|
|The power has been out at the Duluth Courthouse for over an hour. The Bankruptcy Clerk’s office has no email or telephone service at this time. The power outage does not affect electronic filing. All calls should be referred to the Minneapolis (612-664-5200) or St. Paul (651-848-1000) offices.||5/2/2013|
|Effective May 1, 2013, a Transfer of Claim filing fee ($25 per claim transferred) will be assessed. The Internet Payments Functionality in CM/ECF has been modified to allow for electronic collection of the new Claims Transfer Filing Fee. Limited user creditor filers in Minnesota will be able to pay the Transfer Filing Fee using Pay.Gov. Please click here for more information.||4/29/2013|
|U.S. Trustee seeks applications for position of Chapter 13 Standing Trustee in Minneapolis. . Click here for more information.||4/18/2013|
|The Bankruptcy Court will upgrade to CM/ECF 5.1 April 19-21. CM/ECF will be shut down on Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. after which the system's filing and search features will not be available. The SEARCH only capability will again be available from Saturday morning until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22, when normal operations will resume.
Please read a summary of the new 5.1 features.
Please note that while access to online opinions through the Government Printing Office is a feature of 5.1, it will be implemented at a later date.
The claims transfer fee will become effective on May 1, 2013.
|Local Rule and Fee Changes Take Effect: See here for amendments and additions to the Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure which took effect April 1, 2013.||4/9/2013|
|Summer Attorney Training: See here for a list of all the training classes scheduled for this summer.||4/9/2013|
|New Local Rule 3012-1 effective April 1, 2013: New Local Rule 3012-1 will be effective April 1, 2013 and will govern in all proceedings in bankruptcy cases commenced on or after the April 1, 2013 effective date. Please click here for more information.||3/25/2013|
|CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Sunday, March 24, 5pm until 8pm. Please plan accordingly.||3/22/2013|
|Pay.gov will be unavailable on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 12:30 am to 3:00 am due to network maintenance.||3/22/2013|
|Starting 5/1/2013, Judge Sanberg will require the use of electronic exhibits in all trials and evidentiary hearings scheduled before her. Please click here for more information.||3/20/2013|
|Beginning April 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will make digital audio files of court proceedings in Duluth available to the public over the Internet through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system for a fee of $2.40 per audio file. The audio files of most court proceedings held before Chief Judge Gregory F. Kishel and Judge Robert J. Kressel, will be uploaded to the Case Management Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. Please click here for more information.||3/19/2013|
|CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Wednesday, March 13, 8pm until 10pm. Please plan accordingly.||3/12/2013|
|Revised Dollar Amounts in Official Forms 1, 6C, 6E, 7, 10, 22A and 22C, and Director's Forms 200 and 283, effective April 1, 2013. Read the complete details.||3/9/2013|
|On Monday, March 4th the Bankruptcy Court upgraded to CM/ECF 5.0. Read More about what's new in CM/ECF 5.0.||3/4/2013|
|The Bankruptcy Court will upgrade to CM/ECF 5.0 March 1-3. CM/ECF will be shut down on Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. after which the system's filing and search features will not be available. The SEARCH only capability will again be available from Saturday morning until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4, when normal operations will resume. Read More about CM/ECF 5.0.||2/22/2013|
|The Bankruptcy Court is committed to meeting the training needs of all our electronic filers. Find out about our latest training opportunities.||1/8/2013|
|Minneapolis Courthouse phone service restored: The interruption of service we experienced on Monday morning has ended. However, the St. Paul Courthouse is still experiencing intermittent issues. If you are unable to reach the St. Paul Courthouse, please call our Minneapolis office at 612.664.5200 or email StPaul_Info@mnb.uscourts.gov for assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.||12/17/2012|
|The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, December 24; Tuesday, December 25; Monday, December 31; and Tuesday, January 1. Please note that December 24 and December 31 are not considered legal holidays for purposes of time computation under FRBP 9006.||12/8/2012|
|We are experiencing phone issues at our St. Paul office. Please call our Minneapolis office at 612.664.5200 for assistance if you are unable to get through.||12/5/2012|
It is with great sadness that the Bankruptcy Court family announces the passing of our friend and colleague, Judge Nancy C. Dreher, on Friday, November 23.
Judge Dreher served the Bankruptcy Court long and well for almost 25 years. She was known both locally and nationally, as a judge, educator, and author. She contributed mightily to the collegiality of the court's bench and to the positive interchange of ideas between the bench and bar, establishing the Bankruptcy Practice Committee during her tenure as Chief Judge. She will be greatly missed.
The court family offers its support and condolences to Judge Dreher's family, most particularly her husband, Roger, son David and daughter-in-law Amy, daughter Laura and son-in-law Brian, and her five cherished grandchildren. See here for Judge Dreher's obituary and memorial service information.
|The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, and the day after Thanksgiving, November 23. The day after Thanksgiving IS NOT considered a legal holiday for purposes of time computation under FRBP 9006.||11/5/2012|
|Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2012: Read more.||11/5/2012|
|Proposed revisions to Local Rules posted for notice and comment: The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment new Local Rule 3012-1 and an amendment to Local Rule 9013-2. Read more.||10/31/2012|
|CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Sunday, November 18, 6pm until 10pm. Please plan accordingly.||10/16/2012|
|Applications sought for two Bankruptcy Judge positions in the District of Minnesota: Read more. Apply using this form.||10/16/2012|
|Users are currently experiencing slowness when accessing the CM/ECF system. Our technicians are looking at it. and we hope to resume normal operations shortly.||9/18/2012|
|Proposed revisions to Local Rules posted for notice and comment: The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment changes to Local Rules. Read more.||8/29/2012|
|Changes to judicial staffing, Minneapolis case assignment process effective immediately: Read more.||8/24/2012|
|Position Vacancy Announcement: Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg. Read more>.||8/22/2012|
|Kathleen Hvass Sanberg appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota: The Honorable William Jay Riley, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, announced the court has appointed Kathleen Hvass Sanberg of Edina, Minnesota, as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. Judge Sanberg is the first new judge to join the Minnesota bankruptcy bench in 24 years. She joins Chief Judge Gregory Kishel and Judges Robert Kressel, Dennis O'Brien, and Nancy Dreher. Read more.||8/22/2012|
|Change in procedures for scheduling motions for relief from stay before Judge Kressel and Judge Sanberg: For complete details read more>.||8/21/2012|
|Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure published for comment: The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted here. The public comment period ends February 15, 2013.||8/21/2012|
|District of Minnesota Courthouses Now Provide Wireless Access: For details regarding terms and conditions read more.||8/8/2012|
|Request for Quotation: Minneapolis Conference Room Audio Visual System - Quote deadline - Friday, August 24, 2012. See RFQ for full details.||8/8/2012|
|Chapter 11 Filing Fee to Increase in November 2012: The fee for filing a Chapter 11 case will increase to $1,213.00 for cases filed on or after November 21, 2012. The fee change provision is included in the Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012 recently passed by Congress and signed by the President on May 25, 2012.||7/24/2012|
|Adversary Class Announcement: The Bankruptcy Court will conduct classes on July 10 and July 12 for experienced CM/ECF users on filing complaints and answers. Read the full description.||6/11/2012|
|Changes to judge assignment process effective May 1||4/30/2012|
|Audio Files of St. Paul Hearings, Trials Available through CM/ECF||2/21/2012|
|2012 CM/ECF Attorney Training Dates||2/6/2012|
|Wisconsin Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy||1/3/2012|
|Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy |
Bankruptcy Judge Application (Word)
Bankruptcy Judge Application (PDF)
All signature pages in the application form require an ORIGINAL SIGNATURE, not an electronic signature
|Changes to Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule effective November 1, 2011||11/11/2011|
|CM/ECF Is Operational
The 4.1 conversion is complete and normal filing can resume. See the 4.1 newsletter for information about the new password requirement as well as other new 4.1 features. 4.1 video training materials.
|Changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2011||11/4/2011|
|Court to Discontinue Sending Proof of Claim Form October 1, 2011||9/28/2011|
|Mark Your Calendar - You're Invited to the 2012 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference||9/6/2011|
|Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2011||8/25/2011|
|Updated Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Information||7/7/2011|
|Notice Re: Calendar of Chief Judge Gregory F. Kishel for Matters Venued in Fifth Division at Duluth, MN||4/1/2011|
|Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure published for public comment through February 16, 2011||2/17/2011|
|Two Changes to Case Processing Will be Implemented Immediately||1/1/2011|
|IMPORTANT - CM/ECF Electronic Noticing Delivery Problem||1/1/2011|
|New Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Options Available through the E-Mail Link Service||5/13/2010|
|Exhibit D to the petition required in all individual cases||5/11/2010|
|Amendment to Local Rule 3015-2(b) Effective Immediately||5/11/2010|
|Important Security notice regarding the use of the Firefox RECAP application||5/11/2010|
|New Local Rule 4001-1 and Amendment to Local Rule 4004-1||5/11/2010|
|Pending Chapter 11 Report Returns||5/11/2010|
|CD and Diskette Filings Eliminated:|
Effective June 1, 2009, all documents filed by attorneys in cases and adversary proceedings must be electronically filed through ECF only
|Important Notice Regarding Time Period Changes Effective December 1, 2009,
Including 14-Day Deadlines for Filing Schedules, Statements, Chapter 13 Plans, and
Bankruptcy Appellate Briefs|
Among the time-computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2009, are changes to 12 rules that will result in a reduction by one day(from 15 to 14 days) of the time to take action. The affected rules are Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1019,1020, 2015, 2015.1, 2016, 3015, 4001, 4002, 6004, 6007, and 8009. Please take note of these changes and particularly of the new 14-day deadline for filing schedules, statements, and other documents under Rule 1007(c); for filing a chapter 13 plan under Rule 3015(b); and for filing appellate briefs under Rule 8009(a). For more detailed information on the rule changes, see the Summary of Time Computation Amendments to the Federal and Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
|Adjustments To Certain Dollar Amounts In The Bankruptcy Code and Official Forms||5/11/2010|
|Required Reaffirmation Forms||12/1/2009|
|Fergus Falls operations:|
Fergus Falls Bankruptcy Court Clerk's Office employees Delores Campbell and Suzy Johnson retired this past Friday after many years of dedicated service. We will miss them! Case administrator Sue Rocholl will continue to capably staff the Fergus Falls Clerk's Office until that office is closed. A definite closing date has not yet been established. To assist Sue with the Fergus Falls caseload, some case processing will be handled by employees in the Twin Cities offices. Nancy Brill, Calendar Clerk to Judge O'Brien, will handle calendaring matters for Fergus Falls cases and adversary proceedings and can be reached by e-mail at Nancy_Brill@mnb.uscourts.gov or by phone at 651-848-1051. Phone inquiries concerning Fergus Falls cases can be directed to any of the four Clerk's Offices in the District.
|CM 3.3.2 Update Information||8/21/2009|
|July 2009 Chapter 13 dates||8/4/2009|
|Proposed new Local Rule 4001-1 and Local Form 4001-1 posted for notice and comments||7/24/2009|
|Proposed new Local Rule 4004-1(a) and Local Form 4004-1 posted for notice and comment||7/24/2009|
|Images of the St. Paul Courthouse Renovation, Image 1, Image 2, Image 3||4/17/2009|
|Trustee Michael Farrell retires; Kyle Carlson appointed trustee, effective 5/1/08||4/14/2009|
|New rules and amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to take effect December 1, 2008||4/10/2009|
|Amended and New Forms Effective December 2008||4/10/2009|
|Proposed revision to Local Rule 3015-2(b) posted for notice and comment||4/10/2009|
|Pro Hac Vice Form and Rule changes effective immediately||4/10/2009|
|National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008||4/10/2009|
|Revisions to Official Forms effective December 1, 2007||3/3/2008|
|New Chapter 11 Quarterly Fees||3/3/2008|
|Amendments to Local Rule 2016-1(d) effective February 22, 2008||2/22/2008|
|Proposed revision to Local Rule 2016-1(d) posted for notice and comment||2/19/2008|
| Chapter 12 is back!|
On Monday, October 25, 2004, President Bush signed into law a bill retroactively extending Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for 18 months from January 1, 2004 until July 1, 2005.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is currently in the process of migrating from its Electronic Records System (ERS) to the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. This transition is currently internal and does not affect ERS filing. The move to the CM/ECF system will occur sometime after March 2005. The Court will periodically update users on the transition and will offer both online and hands-on training for attorneys and their staff to ensure a smooth conversion.
Please note that the Court’s home page includes resources for both ERS and CM/ECF and they are different filing systems. The Court currently uses ERS only and CM/ECF information is provided as a training tool in preparation for the transition to CM/ECF next year. An interactive training program “ECF 101" is currently available under the CM/ECF drop-down menu. The program is designed to familiarize attorneys and staff with CM/ECF. Additional training materials will be posted in the fall.
|Diskette Filing (Updated)||7/30/2004|
|NOTICE OF ENTRY OF ORDER WILL REPLACE SERVICE OF ACTUAL COPY OF ORDER IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES
The Bankruptcy Court has traditionally served interested parties to a contested matter or adversary proceeding with paper copies of all orders. However, all documents, including orders, are now available electronically on the court's website. Thus, in certain circumstances, the court will soon begin serving parties with a Notice of Entry of Order rather than an actual copy of the order. The Notice of Entry of Order will identify the order, the date the order was entered and the document number of the order on the docket. Parties can access the actual text of the order through the Court's website at www.mnb.uscourts.gov.
The Notice of Entry of Order will be served through the court's noticing center. Due to increased time for processing and mailing from the noticing center, approximately four days may elapse between the date of entry of the order and parties' receipt of the notice. In cases of time-sensitivity, counsel and parties may monitor the court's website for entry of the order, after a hearing or deadline for objection.
|NEW PROCEDURE FOR SCHEDULING MOTIONS FOR RELIEF FROM STAY|
BEFORE JUDGE DREHER
Judge Dreher is implementing a new calendaring system for motions for relief from stay. Attorneys will no longer need to contact the calendar clerk for a hearing date. Motions for relief from stay will be scheduled each Thursday at 2:30 pm (except Thursdays that are holidays). Attorneys can select their own hearing date(s), which must be at least 14 days after the date of service of their motion. BE ADVISED THAT THIS NEW PROCEDURE APPLIES ONLY TO JUDGE DREHER'S CASES. If you have any questions regarding this new procedure, please contact Judge Dreher's calendar clerk, Kristin, at 612-664-5261.
|If you are an out-of-state attorney and planning to file documents in Minnesota please read Out-of-State Filing Instructions. We require all attorneys to complete test filings before becoming certified in our Electronic Records System (ERS). A registration form, as well as detailed filing instructions and sample documents, can be found on the home page at How to become an ERS Registered Participant||2/11/2004|
|Instant online registration for Pacer System||1/7/2004|
|New Privacy-Related Changes effective December 1, 2003.||12/1/2003|
|ERS Newsletter (transition from ERS to CM/ECF)||11/1/2003|
|ERS Fees Increase effective November 1, 2003.||11/1/2003|