Local Rule 9013-4 was recently amended to revise notice and service requirements for certain motions. The revised Rule now provides detailed charts in Exhibit A and B that list the parties to be served with each motion and the applicable response deadlines, as well as the party responsible for service of the resulting order. Some of the changes regarding service were made to reduce costs and expenses for counsel. For example, the Court has resumed service of confirmation and conversion orders as well as other orders set forth in Exhibits A and B.
In addition, in his Chambers Guidelines, Judge Waites has clarified that case-wide service for certain motions, including motions for hardship discharge, motions to reopen, and motions to continue administration, is not required in his cases and has listed several motions that may be filed in a closed case without the filing of a motion to reopen and the payment of a filing fee. Chambers Guidelines was also recently updated to assist with requesting supplemental fees in chapter 13 cases. To assist the bar, Chambers has prepared a summary to provide a quick reference guide to those changes and to provide other helpful information. The summary of recent changes is available here.