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Procedure Changes for U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Attached please find an order extending the temporary suspension of the wet signatures requirement through December 31, 2020.

Wet_Signature_Temp_Suspension_Ext_08.28.20.pdf

Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules Published for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.

Appellate Rule: 25

Bankruptcy Rules: Restyled Rules Parts I and II; Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2 (new), 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023; and Official Forms 101, 122B, 201, 309E-1, 309E-2, 309F-1, 309F-2, 314, 315, and 425A<br></br>
Civil Rules: Rule 12 and Supplemental Rules for Social Security Review Actions Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g)
Criminal Rule:16

The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted on the Judiciary’s website at:

https://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/proposed-amendments-published-public-comment

The information is posted in a printable format for those who prefer hard-copy documents

The public comment period opens on August 14, 2020 and closes on February 16, 2021.

Local Rules Amendments for U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Attached please find proposed amendments to the Local Rules.  Please submit all comments to stephanie_butler@nceb.uscourts.gov on or before Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please submit those to the same email address.

proposed changes 2020.pdf

The Clerk’s office is open, but not fully staffed.  Visitors are directed to alert the Court Security Officer at the entrance for admission to the Clerk’s office.
Prior to visiting the Clerk’s office, please call 919-856-4752 and press zero.  Many requests for assistance can be completed remotely and may not require a visit to our office.  Staff members are also available via e-mail
Items mailed to the clerk’s office should be mailed to P.O. Box 791, Raleigh, NC 27602.

Announcement and General Order re: COVID Court Entry
Attached please find a general order regarding restrictions on visitors to the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouses in this district during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID_Court_Entry_07-08-20.pdf

Court Hearings Update
Beginning June 1, 2020, the United States Bankruptcy Court, EDNC, will hold live, in-person hearings at the Raleigh and Greenville courthouses. The court will continue to schedule telephonic and video hearings, at its discretion, and the manner and mode of hearings will be indicated on the calendars maintained on the court’s website. Cases previously set for telephonic hearing in June will remain telephonic absent an order to the contrary. Parties may request that hearings be conducted by telephone or video. Parties appearing on video are required to wear courtroom attire.

The decision to return to live, in-person hearings may be impacted by the availability of court staff and facilities (the roof in Raleigh is damaged with repairs in process), and any changes in COVID 19 case numbers, travel restrictions, or health warnings.  In all cases, whether scheduled to be heard live or telephonic, any exhibits or other documentary evidence to be used at the hearing must be provided electronically to the court and parties in interest by 5:00 pm of the preceding business day.

Access to the courthouses will continue to be restricted to those persons not experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 and who have not been in recent contact with persons affected by the virus. Temporary removal of face coverings may be requested by the court to aid judicial business with assurance of safe social distancing. Any person requiring additional accommodations should contact the appropriate courtroom deputy for guidance.

Telephonic hearings and other accommodations may be scheduled with each judge’s courtroom staff via email at the following addresses:

Ncebml_CourtroomStaff_SWH@nceb.uscourts.gov

Ncebml_CourtroomStaff_DMW@nceb.uscourts.gov

Ncebml_CourtroomStaff_JNC@nceb.uscourts.gov

Notice regarding Order Temporarily Suspending Requirement to Obtain Original Signatures from Debtors for Electronic Filings through June 30, 2020

Notice to Public Access Terminal Users:

Our public terminals are currently inaccessible

If you need assistance with accessing court documents and are not able, or cannot afford to use PACER.gov, please call 919-856-4752 (Clerk's Office number) for assistance.

For additional assistance with PACER, including instructions on setting up a PACER account, please visit https://pacer.uscourts.gov

Attached please find a General Order RE: Certain Deadlines entered by the judges effective today 3/31/2020.

Extending_Deadlines_COVID19_03-20.pdf

Attached please find a Pandemic Related Procedures Order entered by the judges effective today until further notice.Pandemic_Related_Procedures_03-2020.pdf