Notice Regarding New and Revised Official Forms Effective October 1, 2006

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2006

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On September 25, 2006, the Court was notified that the Judicial Conference of the United States had approved revisions to Official Forms 1, 5, 6, 9, 22A, 22C and 23. The Judicial
Conference also approved a new Exhibit D to Official Form 1.

The effective date of these revised and new forms is October 1, 2006. Use of these forms is mandatory in cases filed on or after that date.

All of these forms will be available on the court’s web site.

Attached is a memorandum from the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference relating to these revised and new forms.

That memorandum also recommends that bankruptcy courts adopt as a local rule certain amendments to Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007, as proposed in the memorandum. The judges of this court will consider that proposed rule amendment shortly. The Court will give notice of any administrative order adopting any local rule amendment.

Effective October 1, 2006, the Court will require that the certification of completion of instructional course concerning personal financial management be filed using Official Form 23,
Debtor’s Certification of Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management (10/06).

Official Form 23 is required for debtor(s) with primarily consumer debts in all chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases and must be signed by the debtor. Form 23 must contain the number of the
certificate of completion issued by the approved personal financial management counselor. A certificate issued by the personal financial management agency will not be sufficient to  eet this filing requirement.

Failure to use the official form may result in a delay of entry of an Order Discharging Debtor or in the closing of the case without a discharge for the debtor.