Recent Rules, Forms, Guidelines and General Procedure Orders
Official Bankruptcy Forms are Changing - Most Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015. For more information, please visit our Forms page.
Proposed Changes to Local Rules - The Court requests comments from the public on proposed revisions to its Local Bankruptcy Rules and Local Bankruptcy Forms. The proposed revisions, a redline of proposed revisions, and a summary of revisions are available at http://www.cob.uscourts.gov/lbrtc.asp. Comments are due November 20, 2015.
GPO 2015-3 - In the Matter of Disposing of Paper Sealed Records. - This Order provides a procedure for the Court to dispose of sealed records consistent with Judicial Conference Guidelines.
GPO 2015-2 - In the Matter of Addressing Appellate Rule Changes Pending Local Rule Revision. - Until this is resolved by revised local rules, this is a solution to address the significant changes in the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure regarding appeals.
Amended GPO 2014-4(b) - Amended General Procedure Order Number 2014-4(b) which incorporates the original General Procedure Order 2014-4(b): In the Matter of Fee Waiver Requests and the Additional Delegation to the Clerk of Court, however, the amended version incorporates a revised exhibit attached to provide more meaningful information along with the fee waiver application form.
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2015, NEW EXHIBIT TO GPO 2014-4(b) IN THE MATTER OF FEE WAIVER REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL DELEGATION TO THE CLERK OF COURT. - Following the comment period and after due consideration of all comments received, the revised exhibit was adopted with a minor revision by the Bankruptcy Court Judges with the concurrence of the Local Rules Revision Committee. Debtors and counsel may use the form prior to April 1st, but it will be required on and after April 1, 2015. Please submit any additional comments on any Local Rules, Forms, etc. to LocalRule_comments@cob.uscourts.gov.
Please click here for a Microsoft Word version of the exhibit.
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).
GPO 2014-3 - In the Matter of Suspending Notice Requirements Under Local Bankruptcy Rule 5010-1 for Motions to Reopen to File Certification of Completion of Financial Management Course. This GPO suspends the notice requirements for motions to reopen when the motion's sole purpose is to file the certification of completion of the financial management course.
GPO 2014-1 - In the Matter of General Procedure Orders Incorporated Into Amended Local Bankruptcy Rules Effective January 1, 2014. This order vacates as superseded GPOs that are now incorporated into the most recent amendments to the Local Bankruptcy Rules, Forms and Appendices.
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).
GPO 2013-3 In the Matter of Substituting a Revised Version of the Reaffirmation Cover Sheet for Local Bankruptcy Form 4008-1.1. - This Order adopts the new national reaffirmation agreement cover sheet in place of our Local Bankruptcy Form 4008-1.1. The national form was modified slightly to incorporate information from our former form regarding bankruptcy or insolvency defaults
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.
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.
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.
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.
GPO 2013-1 - In the Matter of Adoption of Revisions to Certain Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms (Chapter 11). - Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Â§ 2071, Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule
9029 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure this General Procedure Order is adopted to
make revisions to certain Local Bankruptcy Rules (L.B.R.) and Local Bankruptcy Forms
(L.B.Forms), and add to the L.B.R., pending their formal adoption. This GPO will be effective February 1, 2013, it covers minor revisions to the Local Bankruptcy Rules dealing with Chapter 11 cases and creates a new rule and form when receivers are involved. The Judges welcome your comments, please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
GPO 2012-5 - In the Matter of Adopting Interim Rule 1007-1. - This administrative General Procedure Order adopts the changes to the Interim Fed.R.Bankr.P. 1007-1 that was amended to conform to the new time periods and to correct an inconsistency created by the 2010 amendment to that rule.
GPO 2012-4 - In the Matter of Electronic Processing of Installment Fee Payments in Attorney Filed Cases. - Consistent with the mandatory electronic filing requirements of L.B.R. 5005-4, this General Procedure Order clarifies that mandatory electronic filers also are required to process fee payments through the electronic filing system. Please remember that the Court will only accept the efiling attorney or the law firm's credit card to process the payments. Effective December 17, 2012, this applies to all installment payments due or to be made in any cases filed by efiling attorneys, please contact the ECF Training Team with questions.
GPO 2012-3 - In the Matter of the Master Address for Efiling Attorneys on Pleadings. - Makes an electronic filing attorney's master address the official address of record in open cases, unless a case specific change of address is filed in a case pursuant to LBR 9010-1(a)(2).
GPO 2012-2 Revision of Local Bankruptcy Rule 9070-1(a)(3) to reconcile its application with appellate court rules or procedures. - This modification requires that exhibits be retained and provided to any appellate court according to that court's rules or procedures.
GPO 2012-1 Reassignment of Additional 3018 Cases to Standing Chapter 13 Trustee Douglas Kiel. - General Procedure Order 2012-1 (GPO) contains the list of all cases reassigned from Standing Chapter 13 Trustee Sally Zeman to Douglas Kiel effective February 1, 2012 and the administrative procedure to effectuate the change.
New Rules and Forms Effective December 1, 2011 - There are several Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure changes, some with corresponding new or revised forms. The Rule and Forms changes are posted at: http://www.uscourts.gov/FormsAndFees/Forms/BankruptcyForms/BankruptcyFormsPendingChanges.aspx. Please pay particular attention to changes to Rule 3001 and the addition of Rule 3002.1 which relate to proofs of claims and supplements, etc., required in applicable individual debtor cases. In order to implement the new rules and forms, there will be additional filing events added in ECF: Notice of Mortgage Payment Changes. Form B 10 (Supplement 1)(12/11); Notice of Postpetition Fees, Expenses, and Charges. Form 10 (Supplement 2)(12/11); Notice of Final Cure Mortgage Payment; Response to Notice of Final Cure Payment; and Motion to Determine Mortgage Fees and Expenses Motion to Determine Final Cure and Mortgage Payment Rule 3002.1.
GPO 2011-1 - Addition of Standing Chapter 13 Trustee Douglas Kiel and reassignment of approximately 2000 confirmed Chapter 13 cases. - General Procedure Order 2011-1 (GPO) contains the list of all cases reassigned from Standing Chapter 13 Trustee Sally Zeman to Douglas Kiel effective October 1, 2011 and the administrative procedure to effectuate the change.
AOCJ 2011-2 - In the Matter of Court Operations During Appropriations Lapse. - The attached administrative order establishes that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will continue to operate if there is a lapse in appropriations.
2010-2 In the Matter of Exception to Paper Service Upon the United States Trustee of Motions for Relief from the Automatic Stay and Responses Thereto - As a result of this GPO, service upon the United States Trustee of the motion for relief from stay or any response thereto is completed by the electronic filing of the motion or response in the Court's Electronic Case Filing System.
There are amended dollar amounts for cases filed on or after April 1, 2010 and notice of new forms incorporating the dollar amounts effective for cases filed on or after April 1, 2010. Click here for more details.
Military Status - There are a variety of ways to verify the military status of a party. Click here for information for one possibility.
GPO 2009-5 - In the Matter of Mandatory Electronic Filing for Certain Creditors and Their Agents Filing Proofs of Claim or Interest. - This General Procedure Order requires creditors and their agents who file with the Clerk, on average, one or more proofs of claim per week to file them electronically.
GPO 2009-4 - In the Matter of Chapter 13 Fee General Procedure Order. - Pursuant to L.B.R. 2016-3, this General Procedure Order establishes the presumptively reasonable fee allowance of $3300 for cases filed on and after December 1, 2009.
GPO 2009-3 - In the Matter of Obsolete General Procedure Orders and Standing Orders of the Court. - This General Procedure Order vacates those General Procedure Orders and Standing Orders that are now obsolete, superseded, inconsistent with current rules or otherwise no longer serve any useful purpose or benefit to the administration of bankruptcy cases. It also reassigns a naming and numbering system for those General Procedure Orders and Standing Orders that are being retained. All of the orders designated as "GPOs" under the new system are attached to GPO 2009-3.
Local Bankruptcy Rules, Forms, Appendix and New Time Computations Effective 12/1/2009. Click here for details.