Amended local rules 3015-3(a) and 9045-1(a)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In order to facilitate the bankruptcy court’s recent adoption of a new procedure in which it sets the initial confirmation hearing in Chapter 13 cases, two local rules have been amended. LBR 3015-3(a) has been amended to remove (i) the deadlines by which Chapter 13 debtors must obtain a hearing date for plan confirmation, because the Court will now provide that service, and (ii) the requirement that debtors serve a copy of the plan and notice of hearing, because those requirements appear elsewhere in the rules. The amended rule makes clear, however, that the debtor retains the obligation to provide notice of the confirmation hearing, “consistent with D. Me. LBR 3015-1(a)” and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2002. LBR 9045-1(a) has been amended to add the initial hearing on Chapter 13 plan confirmation to the category of matters for which no continuance may be had except by written motion and court order.