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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

On Sunday, June 9th, 2024, PACER will be undergoing maintenance from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Portions of PACER may be unavailable during the maintenance window. This maintenance may limit or prevent access to CM/ECF, payments through pay.gov, and...

Posted Date:
June 3, 2024

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court's Duluth office will be closed due to building-wide water issues.

Assistance from the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office remains available from 8:00 am through 4:30 pm by calling 612-664-5200...

Posted Date:
May 7, 2024

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, through approximately 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly. 

Posted Date:
April 5, 2024

The Minnesota Bankruptcy Court's Open Chapter 11 Cases webpage has been updated to include a new subscription option. Subscribers will receive an email when the webpage is updated with a new chapter 11 case...

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February 14, 2024

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments to several local rules in the 5000, 6000, and 7000 series. The proposed amendments include two new Local Forms to be maintained by...

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December 21, 2023

The application period to serve on the Bankruptcy Practice Committee (BPC) for a term starting on January 1, 2024, is now open. The full BPC meets every other month to address local rule changes and to provide input and suggestions on improving...

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November 27, 2023

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time, short-term (approximately eight months) Term Law Clerk to Judge William J. Fisher. Please see the current employement opportunities...

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November 14, 2023

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Chief Judge Katherine A. Constantine. For complete details click ...

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September 12, 2023

CM/ECF Filers should be aware of the potential to inadvertently share restricted documents when using third-party services or software.

Sharing your PACER account credentials with a third-party service provider or designating that provider...

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August 3, 2023

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4.
 

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June 30, 2023

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is amending several local rules in the 1000 and 9000 series. The amendments include two new Local Rules: Local Rule 9013-4. Corporate Ownership Statements and Local Rule 9036-1....

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June 16, 2023

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Judge William J. Fisher.  For complete details click here...

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May 9, 2023

The 2023 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on July 12-14. See the announcement for registration...

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April 27, 2023

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments to Local Form 9013-2, which is being renumbered to Local Form 9013-1. For more information about the proposed amendments, read the...

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February 24, 2023

On Wednesday and Thursday, February 22-23, 2023, the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court's public counters will be closed in all locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth) due to the weather.

Assistance from the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office remains...

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February 21, 2023

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Also note, the courthouse will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023, in observance of President’...

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February 15, 2023

The Judges of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals invite members of the bar to attend the 2023 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference at the Radisson Blu Mall of...

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January 31, 2023

Please be advised that beginning December 30, 2022, CM/ECF registered users will be asked for additional information when filing documents using certain events. Such events include, but are not limited to:

  • Motion for...
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December 27, 2022

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments to several local rules in the 1000 and 9000 series. The proposed amendments include two new Local Rules: Local Rule 9013-4....

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December 22, 2022

The Clerk’s Office will be closed on the following days for the holiday season. Please plan accordingly.

Friday, December 23, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
Monday, January 2, 2023

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December 20, 2022

The Clerk's Offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul will close their public counters at 2:30 p.m. today due to inclement weather. The Clerk's Office will remain accessible by telephone during this temporary closure.
 

Posted Date:
November 29, 2022

Federal Rule Amendments, Effective on 12/01/2022

On December 1, 2022, several Federal Rule Amendments take effect. These amendments include many amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Forms....

Posted Date:
November 28, 2022

Starting January 1, 2023, there will be changes to Judge Fisher's Duluth hearings and noticing procedures for motions. For complete details click here.

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November 23, 2022

The CM/ECF filing system for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be unavailable from 5:30 p.m. November 10, through 8:00 p.m. November 13 for maintenance.  If you have a time-...

Posted Date:
November 9, 2022

The application period to serve on the Bankruptcy Practice Committee (BPC) for a term starting on January 1, 2023, is now open. The judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court plan to appoint several new members to the BPC. The full BPC meets every other...

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November 1, 2022

The Court has issued a second amended en banc order to address post-petition attorney's fee arrangements in chapter 7 cases. This order amends and supersedes the en banc orders entered on November 8, 2021, and December 13, 2021. The order states...

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September 8, 2022

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Judge Kesha Tanabe.  For complete details click...

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August 29, 2022

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, August 27, 2022, from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., in order to perform system maintenance.
 

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August 23, 2022

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved for publication for public comment the following proposed amendments to existing rules and forms, as well as one new rule:

  • Appellate Rules 32, 35, 40,...
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August 16, 2022

Effective August 3, 2022 – Judge Tanabe will be conducting hearings out of Courtroom 2C. Please be sure to notice hearings accordingly.

Hearings that have already been noticed do not need to be renoticed.

Posted Date:
August 3, 2022

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.

The current salary of the full-time position is $205,528...

Posted Date:
July 28, 2022

The Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office for the District of Minnesota has implemented the following updates to filing procedures and preferences:

Minnesota Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office Filing Preferences:  The...

Posted Date:
July 28, 2022

CMECF will be unavailable Monday, July 18, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
July 18, 2022

The Clerk's Offices will be closed closed to the public in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022. The phone lines will continue to be staffed.

Posted Date:
June 24, 2022

See attached public notice.

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June 22, 2022

CMECF will be unavailable Saturday, April 16, 2022, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

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April 15, 2022

The federal Judiciary has opened the application period for membership in its public user group that provides advice and feedback on ways to improve electronic public access (EPA) services. The EPA Public User Group consists of up to 12 members...

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April 6, 2022

On April 1, 2022, adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision of Title 28 of the United States Code will go into effect for cases filed on or after that date. Please read the ...

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March 24, 2022

CM/ECF will be temporarily unavailable Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

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March 17, 2022

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

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March 4, 2022

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
March 2, 2022

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Offices in Minneapolis and Duluth are closed due to inclement weather. The Minneapolis office is closing at 3 PM and the Duluth office is closing at 1 PM on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. 
 

Posted Date:
February 22, 2022

CMECF will be unavailable Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.
Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
February 16, 2022

The Jury Instruction Committee for the Eighth Circuit is pleased to announce that the new Jury Instructions Building (JIB) tool is live and ready for use. Please read the JIB announcement...

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February 14, 2022

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Judge Katherine A. Constantine. For complete details click ...

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January 28, 2022

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments for new Local Rule 3002.1-1, Notice of Payment Change Procedure for Holders of Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC). The deadline to submit a public...

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January 28, 2022

CM/ECF will receive a minor update after the close of business on Monday, January 24th, 2022. The server may not be available from approximately 6pm to 8pm.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
January 21, 2022

The Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in St. Paul will be closed starting January 20, 2022 through the conclusion of an ongoing high-profile trial. The Court will send an updated announcement when the courthouse will reopen....

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January 18, 2022

CM/ECF will be unavailable for a short time on Saturday, January 15, 2022, between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
January 12, 2022

On January 7, 2022, Chief U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim administered the oath of office to new U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kesha L. Tanabe.

Judge Tanabe will chamber in the St...

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January 7, 2022

Today, Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg will retire after 10 years of service as a Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. Judge Sanberg has presided over many bankruptcy cases during her tenure with the Bankruptcy Court but had the distinct...

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January 6, 2022

The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be closing the Intake Counter in the Saint Paul Office due to COVID-related staffing issues starting Wednesday, January 5 through Friday, January 7, 2022.

Court staff will be...

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January 4, 2022

The Bankruptcy Court Intake Counters in Minneapolis and St. Paul to Close at 3:00p.m. on December 28, 2021, due to inclement weather.

Posted Date:
December 28, 2021

The amendments to the Chapter 13 Plan form, Local Form 3015-1, take effect on January 1, 2022. The amended forms have been posted to the Court’s website on the local forms page.

Posted Date:
December 22, 2021

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, December 23, Friday, December 24, and Friday, December 31, 2021.
 

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December 22, 2021

CMECF will be unavailable Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.
Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
December 15, 2021

The Court has issued an amended en banc order to address post-petition attorney's fee arrangements in Chapter 7 cases. On November 8, 2021, the Court issued an en banc order imposing a process to have attorneys file a motion to review and approve...

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December 14, 2021

The Minneapolis and St. Paul Intake Counters are closing at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, due to inclement weater.

Posted Date:
December 10, 2021

The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be closing the Intake Counter in the Minneapolis Office for a minor construction project between December 13-December 17, 2021. The Minneapolis Intake Counter will reopen on Monday, December...

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December 8, 2021

On June 21, 2021, the United States Trustee Program’s rule entitled Uniform Periodic Reports in Cases Filed Under Chapter 11 of Title 11, published at 28 C.F.R. § 58.8 (the “Final Rule”) became effective. The Final Rule requires that chapter 11...

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December 2, 2021

Effective December 1, 2021, the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts has designated any entity that receives 100 or more paper bankruptcy notices in a single calendar month as a high-volume paper notice recipient...

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November 29, 2021

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota has approved amendments to Local Form 3015-1, Chapter 13 Plan Form. The form amendments take effect on January 1, 2022. The Court is also issuing for public comment proposed amendments to Local...

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November 29, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
November 18, 2021

The Court has issued an en banc order requiring corporate ownership statements for all contested matters. The order requires any non-governmental corporation that is a party to a contested matter in a bankruptcy case that is not an adversary...

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November 17, 2021

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time, short-term (approximately eight months) Term Law Clerk to Judge Kesha Tanabe. For complete details click here.

Posted Date:
November 16, 2021

In December, the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will appoint several new members to the Bankruptcy Practice Committee. The full Practice Committee meets every other month to address local rule changes and to provide input and suggestions on...

Posted Date:
November 1, 2021

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be upgrading our filing system over the weekend. Therefore, CM/ECF will be unavailable starting Friday, October 22 at 5:00p.m. until Sunday, October 24 at noon.

To...

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October 22, 2021

On Friday, September 24th, Lynn Hennen, judicial assistant to Judge Sanberg and Judge Kressel retired after more than 40 years of federal service. Congratulations Lynn!

Effective immediately, Heidi Jackson will assume calendar clerk duties...

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September 29, 2021

On Monday, September 13, the Clerk’s Office will implement several changes to its COVID-19 operations. All Clerk’s Office intake desks will reopen to the public and financial transactions will be processed daily. The Court’s website will be...

Posted Date:
September 7, 2021

On Friday, September 10, 2021, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul will be closed to the public. The Clerk’s Office in Duluth will remain open.

Posted Date:
September 7, 2021

Effective August 19, 2021, the Honorable William J. Fisher’s chambers and courtroom have moved within the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and United States Courthouse located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Judge Fisher is now presiding in Courtroom 2A...

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August 27, 2021

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Chief Judge Michael E. Ridgway. For complete details click here.

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August 18, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

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August 18, 2021

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules and Forms Posted for Public Comment through February 16, 2022

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved publication for public comment of the following...

Posted Date:
August 6, 2021

Registration is now open. You may register for the conference at:
www.yesevents.com/8thCircuitJC

The judges of the Eighth Circuit courts invite you to join them October 27 - 29,...

Posted Date:
July 30, 2021

The Duluth office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be closed from 12:00-4:30 on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Posted Date:
July 27, 2021

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Judge William J. Fisher. For complete details click here.

Posted Date:
July 20, 2021

Due to a building-wide air conditioning outage, the Clerk's Office in Duluth will be closed in the afternoons (1:00-4:30 p.m.) from Tuesday, July 13, through Thursday, July 15.

Posted Date:
July 13, 2021

The Bankruptcy Court family extends congratulations and best wishes to Judge Robert J. Kressel, as he retires after 38½ years of service as a bankruptcy judge for the District of Minnesota. He is the second longest serving bankruptcy judge in the...

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June 30, 2021

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day.

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June 17, 2021

CMECF will be unavailable Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
June 17, 2021

The 2021 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference will take place October 27 - 29, 2021 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is a full conference for all judges and members of the bar.

Additional details are available...

Posted Date:
June 17, 2021

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment proposed amendments to Local Form 3015-1 , the Chapter 13 Plan form.

A redlined version of the proposed revised plan form...

Posted Date:
June 16, 2021

Tricia Pepin has been selected to serve as the next Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. Ms Pepin currently serves as Chief Deputy Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Prior to her appointment as...

Posted Date:
June 15, 2021

On May 25, 2021, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim issued an Administrative Order providing updated guidance on the use of masks and face coverings in the U.S. Courthouses in the District of Minnesota. A copy of the Order is available...

Posted Date:
May 27, 2021

Amendments to Local Rules 1007-4, 2002-1, 2002-5 and 9013-3, new Local Rule 2016-2, and new Local Form 2016-2 will take effect June 1, 2021 and will govern in all bankruptcy cases commenced on or after June 1, 2021.

Redlined text of the...

Posted Date:
May 27, 2021

On June 30, 2021, Judge Robert J. Kressel will retire after 38½ years of service as a Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota.

Judge Kressel retired from regular service as a Bankruptcy Judge in June 2012, but has served as a...

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May 18, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

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May 14, 2021

CMECF will be unavailable Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 10:00 a.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
May 5, 2021

In coordination with the U.S. Marshals Service and the General Services Administration, the United States Courthouses located in St. Paul and Minneapolis will be closed on April 20, 2021 beginning at 3:00p.m.

During the closure period:...

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April 20, 2021

The Minneapolis Office of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be unstaffed from Monday, April 19 through Monday, April 26, 2021.  Throughout this period, court staff will be available by phone to assist callers...

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April 16, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

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April 14, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 10:00 a.m. in order to perform system maintenance. Please note that after this maintenance, the following browser versions will no longer be supported due to...

Posted Date:
March 31, 2021

Due to the migration to NextGen, the CM/ECF filing system for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be unavailable from 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 18, through 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 22. If you have an emergency...

Posted Date:
March 12, 2021

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment:

1. Proposed Abrogation of Local Rule 1007-4(b);

2. Proposed New Local Rule 2016-2; and

3. Proposed New Local...

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February 17, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 4:00 a.m. until approximately noon in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
February 17, 2021

We have positions open for Clerk of Court, Chief Deputy Clerk, Operations Supervisor-St. Paul, Case Administrator-St. Paul, and Network Administrator. Please see our Employment page for more information.

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January 27, 2021

During a virtual meeting of the Bankruptcy Section on Tuesday, January 19, Chief Judge Ridgway presented the Judge Nancy C. Dreher Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award to attorneys Peter Greenlee, Yvonne Michaud Novak and Dennis Ryan, recognizing...

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January 20, 2021

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 10:00 a.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

Please plan accordingly.

Posted Date:
January 19, 2021

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