Notice of Amendments to Federal & Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms

Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2003

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NOTICE OF AMENDMENTS TO FEDERAL AND LOCAL BANKRUPTCY RULES AND FORMS

          Barring Congressional action, amendments to several federal bankruptcy rules and official forms
will take effect December 1, 2003. A number of these amendments will implement the Judicial
Conference policy on privacy and public access to electronic court files.  The policy states that
personal identifiers such as social security numbers of individuals should be redacted to the last
four digits of the numbers by the person filing a document with the court. The clerk is not
responsible for redacting social security numbers and other personal identifiers such as dates of
birth, financial account numbers, and names of minor children in documents filed with the court.

          Local bankruptcy rules and forms have also been amended, or newly created, to reflect the
amendments to the federal rules.  The following is a synopsis of the amendments:

Federal Rules                                    Amendment

1005                                                    Requires only the last four digits of the
                                                           debtor’s social security number on the bankruptcy petition.
                                                           (NOTE: the full EIN or other Tax ID number is required)

1007(a)(1)                                           Corporate debtors must file a statement
                                                           regarding corporate ownership.

1007(f)                                                Requires the debtor to submit a verified
                                                           statement of his or her full social security number. The statement is not filed
                                                           in the case and is not part of the court record available to the public.

2002(a)(1)                                           Requires the clerk to include the debtor’s full
                                                           social security number on the §341 notice to creditors. The court copy of the notice will not
                                                           contain the full number.

2003(b)                                                Reflects the enactment of a new subchapter V
                                                           of chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code that makes multilateral clearing organizations eligible for
                                                           bankruptcy relief.

2009(a)-(c)                                          Reflects the enactment of a new subchapter V of
                                                           chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code that makes multilateral clearing organizations eligible for
                                                           bankruptcy relief.

2016(c)                                                Requires a petition preparer to file a
                                                           disclosure of compensation paid or promised.

7007.1                                                  Requires parties in adversary
                                                            proceedings to disclose corporate entities that own 10% or more of the
                                                            stock of the party.

Local Rules                                        Amendment

1007-1(e)                                             Pursuant to Administrative Order 03-13, the
                                                            caption of the petition shall disclose the last four digits of all social security numbers used by
                                                            the debtor(s) within the past 6 years. All other requirements of this rule remain in effect.

7067-1(b)(1)                                        Pursuant to Administrative Order 03-13, an order
                                                           for the withdrawal of funds held in an interest bearing account or registry account shall state the
                                                           names, addresses, and last four digits of the social security number of the recipients of the
                                                           funds.  All other requirements of this rule remain in effect.
 

Official Forms

Voluntary Petition (Form 1)               Requires only the last four digits of the debtor’s social
                                                       security number.

Involuntary Petition (Form 5)            Requires only the last four digits of the alleged debtor’s
                                                       social security number.

Schedules (Form B6)                      Schedules D, E, F are amended to require disclosure of
                                                      only the last four digits of the debtor’s account number with each listed creditor. Schedule I is
                                                      amended to delete the disclosure of the names of the debtor’s minor dependents.

Statement of Financial                     Requires only the last four digits of the social security
Affairs (Form 7)                             number and account numbers.

Proof of Claim (Form 10)                Requires only the last four digits of a wage claimant’s
social security number.

Statement of Social Security            A new official form required to be submitted, not filed,
Number(s) (Form 21)                      with the bankruptcy petition.
Local Forms

Statement of Debtor                      Pursuant to Administrative Order 03-14, this form shall
be Regarding Corporate                 used to comply with amended Fed. R. Bank. P.
1007(a)(1). Ownership

Statement Regarding                     Pursuant to Administrative Order 03-14, this form shall
be Corporate Ownership                used to comply with new Fed. R. Bank. P. 7007.1.
(Adversary Proceedings)

Statement of Petition                     Pursuant to Administrative Order 03-15, this form shall be
Preparer                                       used to comply with new Fed. R. Bank. P.
2016(c).

Summons                                    Amended to reflect requirements under new
(Adversary Proceedings)             Fed. R. Bank. P. 7007.1 and Administrative Order 03-14.

The amended or new forms are effective for all cases and adversary proceedings filed on or after
December 1, 2003.

Please check with your forms publisher or software vendor for the changes to the official forms.  A
sample of new Official Form 21, Statement of Social Security Number, and the new/revised local
forms are available at the intake counter in all three court locations and under bankruptcy forms
on this web site.