Effective September 1, 2014 - Payment of all fees in person or through the mail must be made in the form of cashier's check, money order, or exact cash. No change will be made by the Clerk's Office. Please do not send cash through the mail. Additionally, parties and attorneys, other than debtors, may pay fees by credit card. Only attorneys may pay by check fees on an attorney's or law firm's preprinted check for items that are not filed electronically. All checks and money orders should be made payable to "Clerk, USBC"
Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge - Judge Michael E. Romero was selected by the U.S. District Court Judges to serve a seven year term as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Chief Judge. Chief Judge Romero's term runs through June 30, 2021.
Revised Local Rules and implementation of two new General Procedural Orders effective July 1, 2014. - The bankruptcy judges for the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado are pleased to post the Local Bankruptcy Rules, Forms and Appendix, to be effective December 1, 2009 (UPDATED 7/1/2010, 1/1/2014 and 7/1/2014) for all pending and future cases. The latest revisions are implemented following a notice period and consideration of the public comments made to the Standing Local Rules Revision Committee and the bankruptcy judges. The majority of comments were directed at General Procedure Order 2014-4(b), resulting in a changed version that will be monitored for further comments in its application. As always, for any of the rules, forms, appendix or General Procedure Orders, please send your comments to LocalRule_comments@cob.uscourts.gov or mail them to the Chief Deputy, Kelly Sweeney, United States Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Custom House, 721 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 (please identify the specific Local Rule or General Procedure Order to which your comment(s) relate). Click here to see the full Rules, GPO 2014(a) and GPO 2014(b).
Please save the date for our open house! - On July 1, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, the United States Bankruptcy Court will be hosting an open house on the fifth floor of the US Custom House, 721 19th St., in Denver, in rooms 540 and 538. We will dedicate the plaques in the main fifth floor lobby listing all of the referees and judges who have served Colorado. In addition, there will be brief courtroom technology demonstrations at 3:15 and 4:00 in Courtroom D (Judge Romero's Courtroom).
Administrative Order of the Chief Judge 2013-6 - In the Matter of Adopting Amended Local Bankruptcy Rules, Forms and Appendices.
The Administrative Order makes effective on January 1, 2014, the proposed amendments to the Local Bankruptcy Rules, Local Bankruptcy Forms and Appendices following the comment
period that ended on December 1, 2013. Please direct any further comments to LocalRule_comments@cob.uscourts.gov or mail them to the Chief Deputy,
Kelly Sweeney, United States Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Custom House, 721 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 (please identify the specific Local Rule to which your comment(s) relate).
Order Establishing the Standing Local Rules Revision Committee Appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. - We are pleased to announce the formation of the Standing Local Bankruptcy Rules Revision Committee (the "Committee") appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. The Committee's purpose is to consider rules affecting local bankruptcy practice, investigate and draft proposed rule revisions for consideration by the Court and take such other action necessary for implementation of the proposed, revised rules which are intended to address and comport with local practice. For more information about the Committee and how it will conduct business, please review the Committee Bylaws. Please send your suggestions or comments for local rule or General Procedure Order additions or revisions to any member of the Committee. This link will take you to the contact information for current Committee members.
New Claims Transfer Fee to Take Effect May 1, 2013 - Effective May 1, 2013, the bankruptcy courts will begin charging a new fee of $25 for each claim transferred. This fee was approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States at its September 2012 session. Please click here for more information.
GPO 2013-2 In the Matter of Chapter 13 Fee General Procedure Order. - This Order raises the presumptively reasonable fee allowance to $3600 as a total fee through confirmation (not including expense) as contemplated by L.B.R. 2016-3. It applies to cases filed on and after April 1, 2013.
Bench/Bar Meetings 2013 - Brown bag lunches for practicing attorneys and the Bankruptcy Court Judges will be held at noon March 6, room 213; June 5, room 213; September 4, room 154 and December 4 (Cancelled due to conflicts), room 154. Come share your ideas, suggestions, questions, issues and concerns on case management, court procedures, and general practice matters.
New Version of Local Bankruptcy Rules/Forms and Details on New Chapter 13 Form and Event for Condensed Plan. - The revised version of Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms have been posted. For ease of compliance and reference, this version incorporates the changes resulting from General Procedure Orders adopting a new Chapter 13 Plan Form, minor changes to Rules primarily dealing with Chapter 11s, including a new Disclosure Regarding Receivers, Local Bankruptcy Form 1007-7.1, and a change to harmonize our Local Rule regarding the record on appeal with the policies of the appellate courts. See, GPO 2012-2, GPO 2012-6 and GPO 2013-1 for details. The Judges welcome your comments, please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change in business hours. - Starting January 28, 2013, the Bankruptcy Clerk Intake and Public Information sections will be closed from 11:45 to 12:15. Please try to plan your paper filing, fee payment or telephone inquiries around that half hour break.
Administrative Order of the Chief Judge 2013-1 - In the Matter of the Continued use of Official Stamps Bearing the Name Bradford L. Bolton, Clerk - Commencing January 4, 2013, Kelly J. Sweeney shall serve as Acting Clerk, pending the official appointment of the new Bankruptcy Clerk of Court. The Court shall use official stamps bearing the name Bradford L. Bolton, Clerk, with the same force and effect as if the stamp said Kelly J. Sweeney, Acting Clerk.
GPO 2012-6 - Revised Chapter 13 Plan Form to be Effective February 1, 2013. - General Procedure Order 2012-6 makes a new Chapter 13 Plan form effective on February 1, 2013 (view plan form in MS Word). Most of the changes made are cosmetic formatting changes to allow the form to be mailed on 2 pages printed back to back, but there are some areas with substantial language changes which are in the highlighted version (click here to view the PDF). The Judges welcome your comments, please send your feedback to email@example.com.
New Online Claims Submission Feature - The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce a new online claims submission feature. If you are a creditor (the person who is owed money in a bankruptcy case) and are not represented by an attorney, you may now be able to file a Proof of Claim and upload PDF attachments via this easy to use online form.
Online Proof of Claims Instructions
New Creditor Entry Program - The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the launch of a new Online Creditor Entry page. This page has been posted to allow persons filing cases in the District of Colorado to create and submit their creditor matrix online using any computer or web enabled device.
Discontinuance of Mailing of Proof of Claim Forms Effective October 1, 2011. - Effective October 1, 2011, we will no longer include a Proof of Claim form with Notices of Meetings of Creditors or Chapter 7 notices establishing a claims deadline. This change has been mandated by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts as a cost-savings measure and after a study determined that less than 5% of the Proof of Claims included with the Court's notices were returned. The majority of the claims that are filed are created electronically by the creditor's software or though other electronic forms creation tools. Proofs of Claim forms are available on the
US Court's website, www.uscourts.gov, on our website, or at the Intake Counter of any bankruptcy court. Please click here for immediate access to a fillable Proof of Claim form.
Telephonic Appearance Information - Please note that being allowed to appear telephonically at a hearing is a privilege that will be revoked if the Court cannot obtain an accurate record. In order to allow the Court to make a proper electronic recording of its proceedings when parties appear telephonically we must require the following from participants:
Participants who have excessive background noise, lack clarity or who are causing feedback into the courtroom risk being disconnected and excluded from the hearing.
United States Trustee's Standing Notice of Interim Reappointment of Former Trustee. - In an effort to expedite the reappointment of a chapter 7 trustee in cases that commenced as a chapter 7, converted to another chapter and then reconverted back to chapter 7, the United States Trustee has established a standing notice to reappoint the original chapter 7 trustee in most instances. Click here to see the notice.
EFFECTIVE JULY 12, 2010, THE BANKRUPTCY NOTICING CENTER WILL NOT MAIL NOTICES TO A CREDITOR IF ADDRESS IS INVALID. - Click here for details.
New Voice Case Information System Effective 05/26/2010 - The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado is proud to announce a new Multi Court Voice Case Information System(McVCIS). To access this new system, please call 866-222-8029 and enter state abbreviation CO(26) or enter the court code 22. Please note: the old VCIS number will be disabled on 05/26/2010.
Local Bankruptcy Rules, Forms, Appendix and New Time Computations Effective 12/1/2009. Click here for details.
PRIVACY RULE - Bankruptcy Rule 9037 - Bankruptcy Rule 9037 requires that personal
identification information defined as individuals'
Social Security and taxpayer identification numbers,
names of minor children, financial account numbers,
and dates of birth, be redacted from documents filed
with the court. For details visit:
- eliminate all excessive noise (including, but not limited to: typing, background conversations, barking dogs, traffic, wind, music, etc.);
- do not use cellular phones, they are more susceptible to background noise and have issues with clarity, use a land line if at all possible; and
- do not use speakerphones as they cause incredible and annoying feedback in the courtroom.
Please verify that your documents conform to this
Trustee Copies: - The United States Trustee announced that effective for cases filed on or after March 1, 2008, Chapter 7 Trustees and the Chapter 13 Trustee in Colorado will no longer require paper or "hardcopies" of bankruptcy petitions, schedules, or forms and their amendments which are filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court.