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New Rules and Forms Effective December 1, 2015

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bankruptcy Changes Effective Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Amendments to Official Bankruptcy Forms

Effective December 1, 2015, most Official Bankruptcy Forms were replaced with
substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions. These new forms are
part of a forms modernization project that was begun by the Advisory Committee
on Bankruptcy Rules in 2008.

Among other things, the new forms introduce different versions of case opening
forms for individual debtors and non-individual debtors. The new forms are
designed to work with scheduled enhancements to the federal courts’ case
opening and electronic case management system and should prove easier for
debtors to understand and complete. Details about the new forms can be found on
the Judiciary’s bankruptcy forms website at:

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure

Congress has taken no action on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules
of Bankruptcy and Civil Procedure, adopted by the Supreme Court and transmitted
to Congress on April 29, 2015. Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-
75, amendments to the following rules took effect on December 1, 2015:

  • Bankruptcy Rule 1007
  • Civil Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55, and 84, and the Appendix of Forms

Under 28 U.S.C. § 2074(a) and the Supreme Court orders dated April 29, 2015,
the amendments will govern all proceedings commenced on or after December 1,
2015, and all proceedings then pending “insofar as just and practicable.”

These significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure affect
bankruptcy practice.  The text of the amended rules and extensive supporting
documentation related to their adoption — including excerpts from the reports of
the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure containing
the Committee Notes — are posted on the Judiciary’s website at: