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  • Local Bankruptcy Rules United States Bankruptcy Court

    District of Massachusetts

    June

    APRIL 1, 20122016

    United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern Division John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House 5 Post Office Square Boston, MA 02109-3945 (617 )748-5300

    United States Bankruptcy Court Central Division Harold Donohue Federal Building and Courthouse 595 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608-2076 (508) 770-8900

    United States Bankruptcy Court Western Division United States Courthouse 300 State Street Springfield, MA 01105-2925 (413) 785-6900

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    PART I. COMMENCEMENT OF CASE: PROCEEDINGS RELATING TO PETITION AND ORDER FOR RELIEF .... 1

    RULE 1001-1. TITLE ........................................................................................................................................... 1

    RULE 1002-1. STATUS CONFERENCES ............................................................................................................... 1

    RULE 1006-1. FILING FEES ................................................................................................................................. 2

    RULE 1006-2. FEES-INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS; IN FORMA PAUPERIS ............................................................... 2

    RULE 1006-3. REFUND FOR DUPLICATE ELECTRONIC FILING FEES ..................................................................... 3

    RULE 1007-1. LISTS, SCHEDULES AND STATEMENTS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS REQUIRED ............................. 3

    RULE 1009-1. AMENDMENTS ........................................................................................................................... 6

    RULE 1015-1. JOINT ADMINISTRATION OF CASES PENDING IN THE SAME COURT ............................................ 6

    RULE 1016-1 DEATH OF DEBTOR (CHAPTER 7, 11 AND 12) .............................................................................. 8

    RULE 1017-1. MOTIONS FOR CONVERSION OR DISMISSAL IN CHAPTER 11; SUBMISSION OF MOTIONS AND OPPOSITIONS TO MOTIONS; HEARING ....................................................................................... 9

    PART II. OFFICERS AND ADMINISTRATION; NOTICES; MEETINGS; EXAMINATIONS; ELECTIONS; ATTORNEYS AND ACCOUNTANTS ............................................................................................. 12

    RULE 2002-1. NOTICE TO PARTIES .................................................................................................................. 12

    RULE 2002-2. NOTICES TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS ..................................................................................................................... 13

    RULE 2002-4. ADDRESSES ............................................................................................................................... 13

    RULE 2002-5. CONTENT OF NOTICES OF SALE ................................................................................................. 14

    RULE 2003-1. CREDITORS' COMMITTEE .......................................................................................................... 14

    RULE 2007.2-1. APPOINTMENT OF PATIENT CARE OMBUDSMAN IN A HEALTH CARE BUSINESS CASE .............. 15

    RULE 2014-1. APPLICATION TO EMPLOY PROFESSIONAL PERSONS ................................................................ 16

    RULE 2016-1. APPLICATION FOR COMPENSATION ......................................................................................... 19

    RULE 2082-1. CONFIRMATION OF CHAPTER 12 PLANS ................................................................................... 23

    RULE 2090-2. DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS .................................................................................................... 23

    RULE 2091-1. WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE ............................................................................................... 24

    PART III. CLAIMS AND DISTRIBUTION TO CREDITORS AND EQUITY INTEREST HOLDERS; PLANS ............. 24

    RULE 3001-1. PROOFS OF CLAIM IN NO ASSET CASES ..................................................................................... 25

    RULE 3002-1. DEADLINE FOR ASSERTING ADMINISTRATIVE CLAIMS PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. 503(B)(9); RECLAMATION OF GOODS ........................................................................................................ 25

    RULE 3007-1. OBJECTIONS TO CLAIMS ........................................................................................................... 25

  • RULE 3011-1. PROCEDURE FOLLOWING FINAL DISTRIBUTION ........................................................................ 27

    RULE 3015-1. CHAPTER 13 CASES ................................................................................................................... 28

    RULE 3017-1. APPROVAL OF DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS IN CHAPTER 11 CASES OTHER THAN SMALL BUSINESS CASES ....................................................................................................................................... 28

    RULE 3017-2. FILING OF PLAN AND DISCLOSURE STATEMENT IN SMALL BUSINESS CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION CASES ......................................................................................................... 29

    RULE 3022-1. CLOSING CHAPTER 11 CASES .................................................................................................... 29

    PART IV. THE DEBTOR: DUTIES AND BENEFITS ........................................................................................ 31

    RULE 4001-1. MOTIONS FOR RELIEF FROM STAY; SUBMISSION OF MOTIONS AND OPPOSITIONS TO MOTIONS ................................................................................................................................................. 31

    RULE 4001-2. USE OF CASH COLLATERAL, OBTAINING CREDIT AND STIPULATIONS RELATING TO SAME ........ 34

    RULE 4001-3. PERMITTED BILLING AND SETTLEMENT COMMUNICATIONS .................................................... 38

    RULE 4002-1. DUTIES OF DEBTOR ................................................................................................................... 39

    RULE 4003-1. AVOIDANCE OF JUDICIAL LIEN .................................................................................................. 40

    RULE 4008-1. REAFFIRMATION AGREEMENTS ................................................................................................ 41

    PART V. BANKRUPTCY COURTS AND CLERKS ......................................................................................... 42

    RULE 5001-1. DIVISIONS OF COURT, CASE ASSIGNMENTS AND FILING OF PAPERS ......................................... 42

    RULE 5001-2. OFFICE OF THE CLERK ............................................................................................................... 43

    RULE 5003-1. CLERKS AUTHORITY TO ENTER MINISTERIAL ORDERS .............................................................. 43

    RULE 5005-4. FACSIMILE FILINGS ................................................................................................................... 44

    RULE 5007-1. RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS AND TRANSCRIPTS ......................................................................... 44

    RULE 5009-1. CLOSING CHAPTER 7 CASES ...................................................................................................... 45

    RULE 5011-1. WITHDRAWAL OF THE REFERENCE ........................................................................................... 45

    RULE 5071-1. CONTINUANCES ........................................................................................................................ 45

    PART VI. COLLECTION AND LIQUIDATION OF THE ESTATE .................................................................................... 46

    RULE 6004-1. SALE OF ESTATE PROPERTY ...................................................................................................... 46

    RULE 6005-1. APPRAISERS, BROKERS AND INVESTMENT BANKERS ................................................................ 56

    RULE 6006-1. MOTION FOR ASSUMPTION OR REJECTION OF EXECUTORY CONTRACT OR UNEXPIRED LEASE 57

    RULE 6007-1. ABANDONMENT OF ESTATE PROPERTY .................................................................................... 57

    RULE 6012-1. ADEQUATE ASSURANCE OF PAYMENT FOR UTILITY SERVICE .................................................... 58

    RULE 7003-1. INFORMATION TO ACCOMPANY COMPLAINT IN ADVERSARY PROCEEDINGS ........................... 59

    RULE 7016-1. PRETRIAL PROCEDURE .............................................................................................................. 59

    RULE 7024-2. NOTIFICATION OF CLAIM OF UNCONSTITUTIONALITY .............................................................. 60

    RULE 7026-1. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING DISCOVERY ....................................................................... 60

  • RULE 7027-1. DEPOSITIONS ............................................................................................................................ 61

    RULE 7033-1. INTERROGATORIES ................................................................................................................... 61

    RULE 7036-1. REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION ...................................................................................................... 62

    RULE 7037-1. FAILURE TO MAKE DISCOVERY; SANCTIONS ............................................................................. 63

    RULE 7041-1 DISMISSAL OF COMPLAINTS AND CLOSING OF ADVERSARY P

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