United States Bankruptcy Court
District of Minnesota
|Parties in interest, attorneys and other professionals MUST NOT communicate in person, by phone or by e-mail with the bankruptcy judge concerning bankruptcy cases or proceedings, unless expressly authorized to do so. See Fed. R. Bankr. Proc. 9003(a). Parties or attorneys seeking relief from the court must obtain a hearing date and time from the calendar clerk for the judge assigned to the case, and file a Notice of Hearing (setting forth the date and time of the hearing provided by the calendar clerk) and a written Motion specifying the relief sought. Local Rules 9013-1 - 9013-3 and Local Form 9013-2 govern motion practice and are available on the Court's website, www.mnb.uscourts.gov, under Rules and Forms.|
The bankruptcy court is using a new electronic calendar program called CHambers Automation Program (CHAP) that extracts the calendar data directly from the CM/ECF database. As of August 19, 2013, the CHAP system will be "locked down." This means that you will no longer be able to type in a hearing date and time in CM/ECF; rather, you will need to select the hearing reserved for your matter from the list of hearings that appears in a drop-down box.
Once the calendar clerk has provided a hearing date and time, that assigned date and time will appear in the drop-down box when e-filing your documents, and it will indicate that the hearing time is reserved for the requesting attorney. If you are setting a hearing for such things as Chapter 13 hearings or self-calendared relief from stay motions that do not require you to obtain a specific date in advance of filing the documents, you will see a general description of the type of matter that can be set for the date and time selected. After selecting the chosen hearing date, the information will populate to the judge's court calendar automatically. Please note that not all judges allow self-calendaring, so please consult the Court's website for further instruction.
This new program will result in fewer miscalendared hearing entries, fewer typographical errors, and will provide a more accurate "real time" calendar display for the judges. If you experience problems while e-filing your documents and are unable to see the hearing date in the drop-down menu, please contact the calendar clerk for the appropriate Judge for further instruction. The calendar clerks for each of the Minnesota bankruptcy judges are as follows:
|Judge Gregory F. Kishel||Jamie Smith||651-848-1061||Jamie_Smith@mnb.uscourts.gov|
|Judge Robert J. Kressel||Lynn Hennen||612-664-5250||Lynn_Hennen@mnb.uscourts.gov|
|Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg||Carrie Nordstrom||612-664-5251||Carrie_Nordstrom@mnb.uscourts.gov|
|Judge Michael E. Ridgway||Karen Krouch||612-664-5261||Karen_Krouch@mnb.uscourts.gov|
|Judge Katherine A. Constantine||Sandy McMackins||651-848-1051||Sandy_McMackins@mnb.uscourts.gov|
|For cases filed within the Duluth office:|
|Judge Gregory F. Kishel||Anita Miller||218-529-3601||Anita_Miller@mnb.uscourts.gov|
|Judge Robert J. Kressel||Anita Miller||218-529-3601||Anita_Miller@mnb.uscourts.gov|
Thank you for your patience while we transition to this new calendar system.