Court Notices:  

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Regarding Revised Fee Table


This revised Fee Table is effective April 1, 2012. The Fee Table is revised to reflect an increase in PACER access fees from eight cents a page to ten cents a page, beginning April 1, 2012.  The information on the Fee Table has also been reorganized and certain fees have been clarified, such as the Appeal and the Notice of Appeal fees.






As a result of our plan to upgrade to CM/ECF Version 4.3, the system will be unavailable on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon (ET). This new software version supports the increase in the PACER access fee, effective April 1, 2012. Please refer to, Public Notice 01.11.12, for details about this fee increase. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this downtime.





PUBLIC NOTICE, which is the application that allows payment of fees in the CM/ECF system, will be upgraded on March 3, 2012. As a result, the ability of CM/ECF participants to pay filing fees will be interrupted on Saturday, March 3, 2012 between 6:00PM and 12:00AM due to the deployment of 5.1. We realize that this date is the Saturday preceding foreclosure, however, this upgrade is being directed by the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland which is responsible for the utility. We apologize for any inconvenience.





Three new CM/ECF Event Codes are now available related to Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1. Click below for more information and a PDF containing instructions for the use of these codes.

Here is the notice.







The Judicial Conference of the United States Courts has announced an increase in the PACER access fee, from eight cents to ten cents a page, effective April 1, 2012. Click here for a notice. Go to for additional information.




Regarding General Order 13-2011


On December 21, 2011, the Court entered General Order No. 13-2011 which extends to an additional four years the temporary exclusion from the means-test requirements provided under amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007-I as adopted by this Court in General Order 12-2010.

Click here for the notice. Click here for the General Order.





Regarding Realtime Transcription Services


It is no longer necessary to purchase a certified copy of a transcript when a Real-time Transcript is purchased. Click here for notice.





1. Revised Bankruptcy Rules and Bankruptcy Forms, effective December 1, 2011.

Please click here for a notice concerning changes to the Bankruptcy Rules and Forms which will take effect on December 1, 2011


2. Discontinuation of Mailing of Proof of Claim Form

Beginning December 1, 2011, this Court will no longer transmit Proof of Claim Forms through the BNC. Click here for a related notice.


3. PACER Restrictions

When this Court upgrades to CM/ECF Release 4.2, the public will not have access via PACER to documents filed in bankruptcy cases that were opened before December 1, 2003 and that have been closed for over one year. Click here for a related notice.





Please remember that the Court will upgrade to CM/ECF, version 4.2 over Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is a PDF containing GANB ECF 4.2 External User Highlights.

Changes include:

  • Greater security for your CM/ECF password
  • Date and time icons to use in calendaring events
  • A change in adversary opening
  • PACER access restrictions concerning cases filed before 12/2003
  • New B10 Form with an attachment for mortgage creditors as well as revisions to the Claims register
  • New Rule 3002.1 docket events as well as Claims Supplements 1 & 2

The live docketing system will be unavailable from 9:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday November 27.

Thank You.




GANB Mediation Procedures


The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia has published Mediation Procedures which formalize the current procedures to follow in the District. The guidelines are available on the Court's website ( under the "Forms" tab or via this hyperlink. The procedures include a sample "Order Authorizing and Directing Mediation." Please note that under no circumstances should the parties contact the judge the parties desire to serve as mediator unless and until the assigned judge has approved the mediation and determined the selected judge's willingness and availability to serve as the mediator.



Please click here for an important notice concerning changes to the Bankruptcy Fees which will be effective November 1, 2011.






In the case of any inclement weather, a Notice is posted on our Court's web site if there are any related planned building closings.

The site that you are viewing right now,, has a message at the top of that page - "Click here for inclement weather information".

Please be advised that public entry to the building may be delayed until one hour prior to the delayed court opening.





The Clerk's Office is pleased to announce that it is now accepting request for copies online. You can access the copy request form by clicking on "Office of the Clerk" in the side menu. Then select "Online Copy Request" from the available menu items.





On November 24, 2010, the Court entered General Order No. 12-2010 adopting amended Interim Rule 1007-I. Amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007-I is scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2010. As amended, Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007-I: 1) shortens the time for a debtor to file a list of creditors in an involuntary case from 14 days to 7 days after the entry of an order for relief, and 2) extends the time for an individual Chapter 7 debtor to file a statement of completion of a course on personal financial management to 60 days from 45 days after the first date set for the meeting of the creditors.

Click here for the notice. Click here for the General Order.





*Please note, the Notice below which was originally posted on 11.23.2010 has been revised.


This Notice concerns amendments to certain Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Bankruptcy Forms that are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2010. Certain of the revised Bankruptcy Rules shorten existing time periods. Click here for Notice.





The Honorable James R. Sacca joined the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia on October 21, 2010. Judge Sacca began receiving new case assignments on October 25, 2010 and his chambers page is now available. Please see the left frame of our web site, click "Chambers" and select his name to view his Chambers page. Additional information will be added as soon as it becomes available.

M. Regina Thomas, Clerk of Court, and the staff of the Clerk's Office, welcome Judge Sacca to our Court.






Effective October 25, 2010 all Atlanta Division Chapter 13 cases assigned to Judge W. Homer Drake, Jr. and Judge Robert E. Brizendine will be reassigned to Judge James R. Sacca. All previously noticed hearings scheduled for Courtroom 1202 and previously noticed deadlines remain the same. Hearings scheduled going forward will be held in Courtroom 1404.

Adam M. Goodman will remain the Chapter 13 Trustee assigned to these cases.

If you have any questions, please contact Judge Sacca's Courtroom Deputy, Josette Glasper El, at (404) 215-1790.

Please refer to Judge Sacca's Chambers page at for further information.






Multi-Court Voice Case Information System - MCVCIS

Toll Free 1-866-222-8029.
Press 18 to access the Georgia Northern Bankruptcy Court

MCVCIS provides the public automated case information.  This voice case information system can be accessed from any touch tone telephone and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, except for system maintenance. A computer and modem are NOT necessary to access the MCVCIS System.

New cases and adversary proceedings will typically appear in MCVCIS one to two days after filing.

MCVCIS is provided free of charge.
To access this information system and obtain information concerning Northern District of Georgia bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, please follow the instructions set forth below.


Using a touch-tone telephone dial 1-866-222-8029. A computer synthesized voice will answer the call and ask you to select a language. Press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish.


You will then be asked to select a bankruptcy court district. For information concerning Northern District of Georgia bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, press 18.


The system allows 5 searches per call. For instructions on using the system, press 1. You may search for cases by case number, by a debtor’s name, or by a debtor’s social security or tax ID number.



To search by case number, press 2.




Enter the four digit year in which the case was filed by pressing the keys on your telephone corresponding with the numbers in the year.




Enter the last five digits of the case number.



To search by a name, press 3.

Press the keys on your telephone corresponding to the letters in the name. Use the 1 key to enter the letters Q and Z; do not attempt to type in spaces between names, or characters (such as apostrophes and hyphens) that are not letters.




For individuals, enter the last name, first name, and middle initial, if possible, followed by the # sign.




To enter the name of a company, type the company name, omitting suffixes such as Inc. and Corp., followed by the # sign.



To search by a social security or tax ID number, press 4.

Type the debtor’s full social security or tax ID number, omitting any hyphens or spaces.


MCVCIS will search the data base for the case number, name, social security number, or tax ID number entered in the System.



If the case number, name, social security number, or tax ID number entered is not found on the database, MCVCIS will respond “No matching cases were found.”

Call the appropriate divisional office for assistance.
Atlanta: (404) 215-1000
Newnan: (678) 423-3000
Gainesville: (678) 450-2700
Rome: (706) 378-4000



If one matching case is found, MCVCIS will provide the information available for that case.



If multiple cases involving the same person are found, MCVCIS will provide the information available for the most recently filed case.



If more than one matching person is found, MCVCIS will respond “Multiple matching cases were found. Please search by social security number or tax ID number.”


After providing information on the first search, MCVCIS will return you to the Main Menu. To perform another search, repeat step 3 above.


After 5 searches, you will be disconnected from the System. For information concerning additional cases, please redial MCVCIS.


General Information Available


  • Case number;
  • Name(s) of debtor(s), or principal party(ies);
  • Date the case was filed, whether a voluntary or involuntary petition was filed,
    and the chapter under which the petition was filed;
  • Name and phone number of the debtor’s attorney;
  • Trustee's name;
  • Name of the Judge to which the cases is assigned;
  • Discharge and closing dates;
  • Whether there are assets in the case;
  • 341(a) meeting date, time, and location;
  • Case status; and
  • Case disposition.

NOTE : Docket information is NOT available with this system.



Click here for details.






Next Generation CM/ECF Request for Input from Additional Stakeholders


Click here for the notice.






Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing ("EBN")

The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts encourage the bankruptcy community to utilize Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing ("EBN"). EBN is a free
service that allows court notices to be transmitted electronically, delivering them faster and more conveniently.

Some of the advantages to electronic noticing are:

• Court notices are sent the same day they are produced by the court.
• You can access your court notices 24/7.
• Court notices that would be mailed to multiple locations can be routed to a centralized electronic address.
• Storing court notices to your computer means you never lose a paper copy.
• Court notices can easily be forwarded around the office or to your attorney.

For more information and to register for this service, please go to You may also contact EBN Customer Service at 1-877-837-3424 or

Note: If you are an attorney who already receives your notices via CM/ECF Notice of Electronic Filing, then you do not need to register for this service.





Beginning Monday, July 12, 2010, there will be a change to the Bankruptcy Noticing Center's (the "BNC") mailing procedure involving invalid addresses.

The BNC will no longer mail a notice to an invalid address, as identified by the US Postal Service. Instead, the BNC will issue a bypass notification which will:

(1) include a copy of the notice that the BNC did not mail to the undeliverable address;
(2) identify the creditor and the undeliverable address;
(3) instruct the debtor to immediately mail the undelivered notice to the creditor;
(4) inform the debtor that the BNC will not mail future notices to the undeliverable address; and
(5) include space on the notification for the debtor to insert a corrected address.

The attached notice provides further information about the change in procedure.




Effective Monday, June 21, 2010, all Chapter 13 cases assigned to the Honorable James E. Massey will be reassigned to the Honorable Wendy L. Hagenau. Click here for a copy of the Notice.





The Honorable Wendy L. Hagenau joined the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia on May 25, 2010. Judge Hagenau began receiving case assignments on May 28, 2010 and her Chambers web page is now available. Please see the left frame of our web site, click "Chambers", and select her name to view her Chambers page. Additional information will be added as soon as it becomes available.

M. Regina Thomas, Clerk of Court, and the staff of the Clerk's Office, welcome Judge Hagenau to our Court.





Click here for a public notice concerning changes to certain dollar amounts stated in certain provisions of the United States Code and in certain bankruptcy forms. The notice also discusses revised Reaffirmation Agreement forms. All of the changes take effect on April 1, 2010 and will apply to cases filed on or after that date.





Effective Monday, March 15, 2010, this new form entitled Request for Entry of Order to Employer to Deduct and Remit a Portion of Debtor’s Earnings for the Voluntary Payment of Debts must be filed to request entry of an employer deduction order. Use this form only if the request will not be filed electronically. Click here for notice. Click here for the form.




An amended Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule will take effect on January 1, 2010. None of the fee amounts have been changed, but the new Fee Schedule contains several important clarifications. Click here for the Notice. Click here for the amended Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.




This notice concerns General Order No. 11-2009 which was entered by the Court on December 1, 2009 to amend Interim Rule 1007-I to reflect the time computation changes in Bankruptcy Rule 1007 as part of a comprehensive package of changes to time period computation in the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Bankruptcy related statutes and Bankruptcy Forms approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States on September 16, 2008.

Click here for a notice. Click here for General Order.



This Notice concerns important amendments to certain Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (“Bankruptcy Rules”), Local Bankruptcy Rules, Bankruptcy related statutes and Bankruptcy Forms that will take effect on December 1, 2009. Many of these changes concern time period computation and affect the time periods contained in several provisions of the Bankruptcy Rules, Local Rules, the Bankruptcy Code, as well as several Bankruptcy Forms. Certain of the revised Bankruptcy Rules and Local Rules shorten 15-day time periods to 14-day time periods. Click here for Notice. Click here for redlined version of amended provisions of the Local Rules.


CM/ECF Training Classes for Attorneys doing Debtor work for October and November 2009



Here is the "Attorney Tip Sheet" for the upcoming CM/ECF Version 3.3.2 (Emergency Software Release 1).



Here is the GANB CM/ECF Newsletter for August 2009.


New GANB CM/ECF Docket Events - The following two new docket events have been added. They are to be used when docketing Form B22A (Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Chapter 7)) on behalf of individuals who claim a temporary exclusion from the means test requirements as permitted under the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of

1. Statement of Debtor's Temporary Exclusion from Means Test - to be used when the debtor is no longer on active duty; and,

2. Release from Active Duty - to be used when debtor is on active duty when the case is filed but is released from active duty later in the case.

Contact Irene Wiggins (404/215-1099) or Daniel Newsome (404/215-1057) for assistance.



The Court has revised its Policy and Procedure Regarding Electronic Availability of Transcript of Court Proceeding, effective March 27, 2009. Click HERE for a copy of this notice. Click HERE for a copy of the Policy.



Attorneys may apply for special photo identifications cards that will authorize them to bring camera phones into Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouses. Click HERE for Notice to Bar. Click HERE for related Memorandum.



1. The Georgia Legal Services Program - The State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project - - - Volunteer to handle at least two bankruptcy cases over the next several months. Add your name to the list of lawyers for referral purposes, too. Click HERE for form.

2. From the State Bar of Georgia Veterans and Military Law Pro Bono Committee - The State Bar of Georgia is working to develop a referral panel of lawyers across the state who will help veterans with disability claims or enlisted Armed Forces and Guard members with general civil legal needs on a pro bono or paid basis. Click HERE for form.


Notice to all GANB CM/ECF participants - - -

The Clerk's Office was asked to implement a mechanism that would alert electronic filers attempting to file a new petition that a case was filed within the previous 7 days that matches the SSN of the case being uploaded.

We have been successful, and you will now see an alert that tells you a case already exists. You will have the option to continue if you wish. We are hopeful this new tool will be beneficial to you. Please let us know if you experience any problems.


On Thursday, September 27, 2007, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts announced that the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule has been amended to include court-appointed pro bono attorneys among that category of persons that a court may exempt from PACER fees upon the proper showing. This amendment is effective September 18, 2007. A copy of the amended fee schedule is available by clicking HERE .

Report of Judges Attending Privately Funded Educational Programs Pursuant to Policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States approved September 19, 2006, effective January 1, 2007.

Judicial Conduct & Disability Complaint Info

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