Fri, 01/11/2008 - 4:00am
As previously announced, the Judges have directed a reduced case monitoring role for the Clerk's office effective January 1, 2008 in all cases. In part due to a significant reduction in staffing funding over the past several years, and in part due to a change in policy away from strict compliance requirements initiated by the Clerk's office staff, the Clerk has been advised to discontinue certain detailed monitoring of filings in every case in favor of periodic monitoring and reliance on parties in interest. The discontinuation of issuing deficiency notices for filings due in every case will be a considerable time savings and allow staff to engage in more substantive reviews required by the Reform Act. Local Rule requirements will remain in effect and may serve as a basis for dismissal for noncompliance when raised by a trustee, the UST, a party in interest or the Court sua sponte. Therefore, counsel should review all filings for completeness and timeliness and should review electronic filings after their entry to ensure that there were no errors or unintended omissions.