At its September 2014 session, the Judicial Conference approved several changes to the appellate, district, and bankruptcy court miscellaneous fee schedules, effective December 1, 2014. With respect to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, the Conference approved an increase of $50 to the fee assessed under Item 14 of the schedule (from $157 to $207) when a direct bankruptcy appeal is accepted by a court of appeals. This adjustment brings parity to the fees for appealing a bankruptcy court order in a court of appeals. Currently, the fees assessed for filing a direct appeal from a bankruptcy court to a court of appeals (as authorized under 28 U.S.C. § 158(d)(2)) under Item 14 of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule total $450, which is $50 less than the docketing fee assessed under Item 1 of the Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule for filing an appeal with a court of appeals from a district court or bankruptcy appellate panel.
The Conference also approved two amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule that were developed in connection with a new national policy establishing filing and notice procedures for requests to redact personal identifiers from large volumes of court filings in multiple cases, including closed cases. The Conference established a $25 fee (Item 21) to file a motion to make redactions to previously filed records in a bankruptcy case. The fee is intended to be charged for each affected case, but courts may waive the fee under appropriate circumstances. The onference also endorsed a new exception to the reopening fee for a closed bankruptcy case (Item 11) to clarify that the reopening fee does not apply if redaction is the only purpose for reopening the case.
Clean and redlined versions of the revised bankruptcy court fee schedule incorporating the changes discussed above are attached.
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