The following is an article reprinted with permission from the upcoming Winter 2010 edition of trendline (WWR’s bankruptcy newsletter):
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Amended December 1, 2009
By: Holly C. Thurman, Associate
The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure were amended effective December 1, 2009. Throughout the rules, the deadlines and time periods that have been amended are modified in the following manner:
∙ 5 day periods become 7 day periods
∙ 10 day periods become 14 day periods
∙ 15 day periods become 14 day periods
∙ 20 day periods become 21 day periods
∙ 25 day periods become 28 day periods
The following revised rules are the most frequently referred to timelines and deadlines in creditor bankruptcy practice:
1) Stay of Order Granting Relief from the Automatic Stay: An order granting a motion for relief from an automatic stay is stayed until the expiration of 14 days after the entry of the order. Formally, relief from stay wasn’t effective for 10 days from the date of the order and the amendments have extended that time period to 14 days.
2) Time for Filing Notice of Appeal: The notice of appeal shall be filed with the clerk within 14 days of the date of entry of the judgment, order, or decree appealed from. Formally, the appellant had 10 days from the date of entry of the order to appeal.
3) Briefs and Appendix; Filing and Service: Unless the district court or the bankruptcy appellate panel by local rule or by order excuses the filing of briefs or specifies a different time limit, the appellant shall serve and file a brief within 14 days after entry of the appeal on the docket. Appellant formally had 15 days to file a brief from the date of the entry of the appeal on the docket.
4) Computing time: Per the amendments, when computing time periods, the moving party is to count everyday, including intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. The former rules required we exclude those days when computing time periods and deadlines.
5) Computing and Extending time for Motions—Affidavits: A motion and notice of hearing must be served no later than 7 days before the time specified for such hearing, unless a different period is fixed by these rules or by an order of the court. The rules formally required that the motion and notice of hearing be served 5 days prior to the specified hearing, unless the court specified otherwise. Most Courts specify a time to serve the notice that is earlier than 7 days prior to the hearing, and usually the Courts require the notice to be served immediately upon receipt.
These changes impact deadlines used in everyday practice. Creditors must be aware of the new timelines and guidelines and use them to effectively administrate orders and other notices issued by the Court.
Holly C. Thurman is an Associate in the Bankruptcy department of the Pittsburgh office. She can be reached at (412) 338-7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.