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Chambers' Bulletins
09/2018

Judge Waites

Fri, 9/28/2018 - 12:05 pm

As previously announced on August 30, 2018, Judge Waites has entered Operating Order 18-04, which modifies the confirmation procedures in the cases before him, effective October 1, 2018. A copy of Operating Order 18-04, which includes the applicable forms, is available here. All cases filed or converted to chapter 13 on or after Monday, October 1, 2018 shall follow the procedures and utilize the forms listed in the Operating Order. In addition, debtors should also file post-confirmation plan modification requests filed on or after that date in any pending cases using those same procedures and forms.

The applicable local rules have been changed effective October 1, 2018. The forms necessary for Judge Waites’ cases are also on the Court’s webpage in the Local Forms section, labeled as “Hearing Notice (Chapter 13 Confirmation)” and “Modify Chapter 13 Plan After Confirmation (Notice and Confirmation).” The events in CM/ECF have also been modified to reflect the new procedures and objection deadlines. For post-confirmation plan modification requests, parties shall file both the modified plan and the motion to modify plan after confirmation and opportunity for hearing using the CM/ECF event “Modify Confirmed Chapter 12/13 Plan.”

Attached is a copy of the powerpoint presentation distributed at the recent bar meetings to assist with these changes in the confirmation procedures. Any questions regarding these changes may be addressed to Andrew Powell (Andrew_Powell@scb.uscourts.gov).

Changes are for Judge Waites' Cases Only.

 


Wed, 9/12/2018 - 1:40 pm

Tomorrow’s bar meeting in Columbia will be held after the hearings scheduled before Judge Waites at 1:30 PM at the J. Bratton Davis U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse (1100 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201). Counsel may request to attend the bar meeting by telephone by emailing Agnes Babb (agnes_babb@scb.uscourts.gov) and Regina Schmidt (regina_schmidt@scb.uscourts.gov) before the end of business today.


Fri, 9/07/2018 - 2:25 pm
In order to incorporate the changes to procedures previously announced on the Court’s Chambers Bulletin, Judge Waites recently entered Operating Orders 18-05 and 18-06, which adopts revised chambers and LM/MM guidelines for the cases to which he is assigned. Both operating orders are available here.
 
In addition, the updated guidelines include two additional changes to note:
  1. Statements of Dispute: The guidelines update the procedures on the filing of Joint Statements of Dispute and Separate Statements of Dispute, including an update to the Joint Statement form and the addition of a new form Statement of Dispute. In addition, for objections to chapter 13 plans, parties are to submit a joint statement of dispute upon the earlier of 30 days after the filing of the objection or 10 A.M. two business days before the scheduled confirmation hearing.
     
  2. Separate Guidelines on LM/MM: While incorporated into the Chambers Guidelines, the procedures on LM/MM are now separately stated for ease of reference pursuant to Operating Order 18-06.

 


Tue, 9/04/2018 - 11:15 am

Judge Waites invites members of the bar and their staff to a meeting to review Operating Order 18-04, which will be effective October 1, 2018, and to discuss other matters involving the chapter 13 practice. The Charleston Meeting will be held in the Charleston courtroom on Thursday, September 6, 2018 after Court concludes (approximately 11:00 A.M.). The Columbia Meeting will be held in the Columbia courtroom on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. Chambers expects each of these meeting to be no longer than one hour.

Telephone attendance will be available for both meetings. In addition, video attendance will be available for the Charleston meeting. To attend the meeting by telephone or video, please make a written request to Regina Schmidt (Regina_Schmidt@scb.uscourts.gov) and Agnes Babb (Agnes_Babb@scb.uscourts.gov) no later than 10 A.M. one day before the scheduled meeting.


Judge Duncan

Thu, 9/13/2018 - 11:45 am

Due to the inclement weather and anticipated travel difficulties, Judge Duncan’s court for Monday, September 17 is rescheduled to Tuesday, September 18. All hearings will be held at the same time and same location as originally scheduled. If you have any questions about the rescheduling of hearings, please contact Judge Duncan’s chambers at (803) 765-5657.


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