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Court Notices Archive
2014
01/15/14 Electronic Filing and PACER Access Temporarily Unavailable
2013
12/01/13 Amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. - Subpoenas must now issue from the court where the action is pending (R. 45(a)(2)).
11/25/13 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments and Additions to the Local Rules
11/05/13
Planned Power Outage Nov. 16th 7AM - 9PM
A GSA scheduled power outage on November 16th from 7AM - 9PM will cause the Southern District of Texas webpage to be available in a limited capacity. District ECF and Bankruptcy ECF will be available in read only format. Contact information for each divisional office will also be available. In case of an emergency call 832-215-8626.
10/31/13 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson
10/16/13 Judiciary to Operate Through October 18, 2013
10/10/13 Judiciary to Operate Through October 17, 2013
10/08/13 Applications for admission to the Houston-Galveston CJA Panel are being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2013
10/08/13 Bankruptcy Court Adopts New Local Rules - Changes to Local Rule 3007-1 Effective October 7, 2013
09/27/13 Judiciary to Remain Open If Government Shuts Down
09/20/13 Administrative Procedures for the Filing, Signing, and Verifying of Documents by Electronic Means in Texas Bankruptcy Courts - Amended 9/20/13
09/16/13 Temporary Suspension of CJA Panel Attorney Payments
09/11/13 Federal Law Criminal Training & Criminal Justice Act Panel Training - Laredo
09/05/13 Public Notice Requests for Proposals to Provide and Install Complete Audio Video Solutions in a District Courtroom
08/16/13 Chief District Judges' Letter to Congress on the Impact of Sequestration on the Judiciary
08/16/13 WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud
08/15/13 Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and Civil Procedure
08/09/13 Deputy Circuit Executive Job Announcement
08/05/13 Notice of proposed circuit rule change and opportunity for comment
06/24/13 Public Notice of Position Vacancy - Federal Assistant Public Defender, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
06/18/13 Public Notice of Position Vacancy - Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Louisiana
06/13/13 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy
06/05/13 Clerk of Court Vacancy - Southern District of Mississippi
05/10/13 District Electronic Case Filing System Upgrade Memorial Day Weekend
05/09/13 Judge Jason B. Libby appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas
04/10/13 U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy - Southern District of Texas
04/04/13 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Bankruptcy Local Rule
04/01/13 Circuit Executive Job Announcement
03/18/13 Automatic Adjustments to Certain Dollar Amounts in Bankruptcy Code and Official Forms, effective April 1, 2013
01/25/13 Public Notice of Position Vacancy - Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Texas
2012
11/13/12 Bankruptcy Changes effective November and December 2012- increased Ch. 11 fees, amended federal rules and forms
10/30/12 Judge John V. Singleton to be Honored
10/24/12 Clerk of Court Vacancy - Eastern District of Louisiana
10/18/12 District Court Local Rules Amended - Effective October 18, 2012
09/18/12 U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy - Eastern District of Texas
09/10/12 Applications for admission to the Houston-Galveston CJA Panel are being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2012
08/20/12 Public Notice Request for Proposals to Provide and Integrate Courtroom Technology for the Southern District Of Texas
08/17/12 Proposed Amendments to National Rules Published for Public Comment
07/23/12 Bankruptcy Court Adopts New Local Rules - Effective July 20, 2012
07/19/12 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy - Western District of Texas
07/02/12 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby
07/02/12 Full-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge U.S. District Court Corpus Christi Texas
07/02/12 U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy - Middle District of Louisiana
06/19/12 Download Materials for Houston Bar Association Bench-Bar Bankruptcy Conference June 21-22, 2012
06/11/12 Notice of New Chapter 13 Uniform Plan and Motion for Valuation of Collateral |word| |pdf|
06/07/12 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Bankruptcy Local Rules
06/04/12 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments and Additions to the Local Rules
05/30/12 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of United States Bankruptcy Judge Letitia Z. Paul
05/24/12 In Re: Order of Reference to Bankruptcy Judges - General Order 2012-6
05/17/12 Solicitation for Treatment Services for Federal Defendants and Offenders
05/11/12 The Honorable Jeff Bohm was appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of Texas effective May 5, 2012
05/01/12 Judge Gregg Costa appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas
04/16/12 Bankruptcy Court Adopts New Rules and Forms - Effective April 12, 2012
04/16/12 U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy - Northern District of Texas at Dallas
04/06/12 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington
03/26/12 Third Bench-Bar Bankruptcy Conference - June 21-22, 2012 in Galveston
03/12/12 Public Notice of Position Vacancy for Federal Public Defender Western District of Texas
03/09/12 Notice of New Chapter 13 Trustee Procedures for Administration of Home Mortgage Payments and Request for Public Comment on Proposed Rules and Forms
01/19/12 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos
2011
12/20/11 Judge Diana Song Quiroga appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas
12/15/11 Bankruptcy Court Adopts New Rules and Forms - Effective December 15, 2011
12/09/11 The Bankruptcy ECF and PACER system for this district will be unavailable during maintenance between 6:00 and 7:00PM on Friday, December 9, 2011 and again between 10:00 and 11:00AM on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
12/02/11 The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas adopts new Chapter 13 Trustee Procedures for Administration of Home Mortgage Payments in compliance with the National Rules effective December 1, 2011
11/30/11 Request for Public Comment on the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith
11/29/11 Authority of Bankruptcy Judges to Enter Final Orders General Order - 2011-12
11/28/11 Bankruptcy Court to host a "Brown Bag" Discussion of New Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
11/04/11 Bankruptcy Electronic Case Filing and PACER System Upgrade Veterans' Day Weekend
11/03/11 Notice of Increases to Miscellaneous Fee Schedules
10/05/11 Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo appointed United States District Judge, Laredo Division
09/30/11 Electronic Public Access Fee Increase Effective April 1, 2012
09/30/11 Judge David Jones appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas
09/30/11 Mr. Kenneth Magidson appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas
09/23/11 Notice of Adoption of Emergency Local Rule and Request for Public Comment
08/22/11 Public Notice Request for Proposals to Provide and Install a Complete Audio System Upgrade in a District Courtroom
08/22/11 Federal Public Defender Twenty-Fifth Annual Staff Conference and CJA Seminar - Friday, September 16, 2011
08/19/11 Public Notice 2nd Request for Proposals to Provide and Integrate Courtroom Technology for the Southern District Of Texas
08/09/11 Public Notice Request for Proposals to Provide and Integrate Courtroom Technology for the Southern District Of Texas
08/04/11 Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos appointed United States District Judge, Corpus Christi Division
05/26/11 Chief Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa selected to receive 29th Annual Devitt Award
05/23/11 Notice of Proposed Amendment to 5th Cir. R. 41.3
05/15/11 United States Probation Office - Solicitation for Treatment Services - Response Date: June 16, 2011
05/11/11 Starting Out Right Program for Bankruptcy Attorneys June 2011
03/08/11 Public Notice Posted: March 8, 2011 - Full-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge U.S. District Court Laredo Texas.
02/11/11 Judge Diana Saldaña appointed United States District Judge, Laredo Division
01/24/11 Bankruptcy Court Adopts New Rules and Forms - Effective January 24, 2011
01/04/11 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy - Southern District of Texas at Houston
2010
12/15/10 Bankruptcy Judge Wesley Steen Retiring January 17, 2011
11/03/10 Request for Public Comments on Proposed Bankruptcy Rules and Forms
10/27/10 District Court Daily Summary Report Not Working Properly
09/02/10 George C. Hanks, Jr. appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge, Houston Division
08/20/10 Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference August 2010 - Materials (61.2 MB)
04/15/10 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Bankruptcy Local Rule 2016-1
07/27/10 Noticing Practices to Change October 1, 2010
05/21/10 Guillermo R. Garcia appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge, Laredo Division
05/20/10 Bankruptcy Local Rule 2016-1 Amended
03/16/10 Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference scheduled for August 18-21, 2010 in Corpus Christi - Save the Date!
03/12/10 Automatic Adjustments to Certain Dollar Amounts in Bankruptcy Code and Official Forms, effective April 1, 2010
02/12/10 Court appoints Mr. Jose Angel Moreno as United States Attorney ad interim
02/02/10 Fifth Circuit Sets March 15, 2010, as date for Mandatory Electronic Case Filing (ECF)
01/22/10 David Bradley selected as Clerk of Court. Click here for more information
(BLUE NOTICE)
2009
12/30/09 Hourly Rate & Case Increases for CJA Panel Attorneys
12/18/09 The District CM/ECF and PACER applications will not be available from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2009 while we perform system maintenance
12/02/09 Important Notice Regarding Time Period Changes Effective December 1, 2009, Including 14-Day Deadlines for Filing Schedules, Statements, Chapter 13 Plans, and Bankruptcy Appellate Briefs
11/30/09 Amended Local Rules in effect on Dec 1, 2009!  District Court Local Rules and Bankruptcy Court Local Rules
11/25/09 United States Magistrate Judge Vacancy in Houston, Texas. Submit Applications by January 25, 2010
11/13/09 New Chief Judge. United States District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa of the McAllen Division has become Chief District Judge under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 136, effective November 13, 2009, following the election to take senior status by former Chief District Judge Hayden Head of the Corpus Christi Division
10/29/09 New Federal Rules in effect on Dec 1, 2009 !!
10/15/09 Bankruptcy Court Adopts New Rules and Forms; Public Seminar to be Held on November 12, 2009
10/10/09 November 12, 2009 Seminar On New Bankruptcy Local Rules
10/10/09 Public Notice: U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services is seeking proposals for ethics training
08/03/09 Proposed Bankruptcy Rules and Forms concerning home mortgages posted for public comment
07/30/09 Proposed amendments to the local district and bankruptcy court rules. Comments due by September 25, 2009
06/12/09 Solicitation for Treatment Services for Federal Defendants and Offenders
05/13/09 Honorable Marvin P. Isgur appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge, May 5, 2009
05/13/09 Ronald G. Morgan appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge, May 3, 2009
04/29/09 Law & Technology Workshop for CJA Panel Attorneys
04/24/09 Federal Court Practice Course, May 15 and June 12, 2009
04/23/09 United States Magistrate Judge Vacancy in Laredo, Texas. Submit Applications by June 15, 2009
04/21/09 Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference, June 17 - 19, 2009
03/04/09

Under Judicial Conference Policy, parties are responsible for redacting from transcripts filed with the Bankruptcy Court, information protected by the E-Government Act of 2002 and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037

revised on 8/21/09 to:

Parties are responsible for redacting from transcripts filed with the Bankruptcy Court information protected by the E-Government Act of 2002 and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037

revised on 1/14/10 to:

Under Judicial Conference Policy, parties are responsible for redacting from transcripts filed with the Bankruptcy Court, information protected by the E-Government Act of 2002 and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037, effective March 9, 2009

02/02/09 Changes to Bankruptcy CM/ECF Software February 16 - upgrading to version 3.3
01/30/09 New District, Bankruptcy and Adversary Pro Hac Vice forms have been approved by the Court
01/28/09 Galveston Courthouse reopens to public following closure due to Hurricane Ike, January 28, 2009
01/20/09 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Bankruptcy Local Rule 1020
2008
12/22/08- 01/05/09 The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Texas are closed December 25 - 26, 2009 and January 1 - 2, 2009
After Hours Emergency Contacts:
Brownsville : 956-489-1228, Corpus Christi : 361-962-3267, Galveston : 832-215-8626, Houston : 832-215-8626, Laredo : 956-206-5063, McAllen : 956-648-5592, Victoria : 361-969-0651
(BLUE NOTICE)
12/16/08 Training Program for CJA Panel Attorneys, February 5 - 7, 2009, Charleston, SC
12/15/08 U.S. Marshal's service of process fee increase to $55 per hour, effective 12/19/08
11/17/08 Request for Public Comment on Proposed Bankruptcy Procedures and Forms
10/31/08- 11/10/08 Agenda and Reading Materials for First SDTX Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference
(BLUE NOTICE)
10/31/08- 11/03/08 We have been advised by some attorneys who use Cogent as their Internet Service Provider that they are having difficulty accessing CM/ECF and may not be getting notices electronically. If you are having difficulty accessing CM/ECF, please advise the Court at 1-866-358-6201. You should also contact Cogent and discuss the problem with them
(BLUE NOTICE)
10/17/08 Bankruptcy CM/ECF Upgrade Schedule Change
10/16/08 New Bankruptcy and Adversary forms approved by the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Judges
10/08/08 Changes to Bankruptcy CM/ECF Software October 19 - upgrading to version 3.2
10/01/08 Change in Policy Regarding Submission of Paper Documents to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees
09/23/08- 11/12/08 Magistrate Judge Vacancy
United States Magistrate Judge Vacancy in Brownsville, Texas. Submit Applications by November 7, 2008
(BLUE NOTICE)
09/19/08- 01/27/09 Operations Affected by Hurricane Ike
The United States court house in Galveston will be closed until further notice. Galveston functions will be in Houston
(BLUE NOTICE)
09/16/08 Bankruptcy Court Emergency General Order Related to Hurricane Ike
08/28/08 Notice of New Chapter 13 Plan for Southern District of Texas
08/26/08 Corpus Christi CJA Panel Application now being accepted electronically through October 31, 2008
08/14/08 Bankruptcy Fraudulent Scheme
07/29/08 Paper copies of Bankruptcy Court Orders discontinued effective September 1, 2008
07/23/08 Laredo Bankruptcy Hearings - If you are unable to attend a scheduled bankruptcy hearing in Laredo due to bad weather on this date, please contact Judge Steen's case manager at 713-250-5779 or his JA at 713-250-5153
06/19/08

Warning: Redaction of Sensitive and Private Information in Court Filings

revised on 8/21/09 to:

Warning: Parties must redact protected information from transcripts and other civil, criminal, and bankruptcy papers. E-Government Act of 2002

revised on 1/14/10 to:

Warning: Parties must redact protected information from transcripts and other civil, criminal, and bankruptcy papers

06/06/08 Solicitation for Treatment Services for Federal Defendants and Offenders, response due June 20, 2008
04/23/08 Under Judicial Conference Policy, effective May 15, 2008, parties will be responsible for redacting from transcripts filed with the Court, information protected by the E-Government Act of 2002, Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.2(a), and Fed. R. Crim. P. 49.1(a)
04/22/08 Changes to District CM/ECF Software April 26 - upgrading to version 3.2
02/05/08 United States Magistrate Judge Vacancy in Laredo, Texas. Submit Applications by April 8, 2008
02/01/08 Amended Chapter 13 Trustee home mortgage payment procedures
01/11/08 Bankruptcy Chapter 11 Quarterly Fees Increase, effective 1/1/08
01/07/08 Hourly Rate Increases for CJA Panel Attorneys for work performed on or after January 1, 2008
2007
12/26/07 Bankruptcy Local Rules Amendments effective January 1, 2008
12/13/07 Local Rules of Practice for Patent Cases, effective January 1, 2008
12/03/07 Public Notice for the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Maryrose Milloy
12/03/07 Public Notice for the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge John William Black
10/29/07 New transcript rates effective November 1, 2007
10/01/07 Applications are being accepted for membership on the CJA Panel of Attorneys for the Houston Division
10/01/07 Guidance on use of Interpreters by CJA appointed attorneys
09/14/07 Proposed Local Patent Rules and Procedures posted for public comment
09/01/07 Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules posted for Public Comment
06/21/07 Amended Attorney Disciplinary Rules, effective June 19, 2007. View the redline version
06/01/07 Bankruptcy Judge Steen appointed Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for three year term
05/22/07 Bankruptcy Local Rules Committee formed to recommend revisions to local rules, forms and procedures
05/18/07 Hourly Rate Increases for CJA Panel Attorneys for work performed on or after May 20, 2007
05/16/07 Comments by the Bar to the standing committee on bankruptcy local rules
04/09/07 Law & Technology Workshop - Dallas, TX, April 19 - 21, 2007, Sponsored by Office of Defender Services
04/03/07 Automatic Adjustment of Certain Dollar Amounts in the Bankruptcy Code, effective April 1, 2007
03/15/07 Mandatory Electronic Filing in Bankruptcy Court, effective March 12, 2007 (General Order 2007-1)
03/13/07 CJA Attorney Panel for Houston/Galveston Divisions - 2007
02/08/07 Bankruptcy Fraud Hotline
01/19/07 Judge Janis Graham Jack's Courtroom Technology Video available
2006
12/20/06

NOTICE: Effective January 1, 2007 our administrative procedures for electronic filing will allow electronic filing of sealed documents. The procedures require that certain documents, which were previously filed under seal at the discretion of the filing party, now always must be filed under seal. View Section 6C(1) Administrative Procedures. Learn how will this affect you. View a list of Sealed Events in CM/ECF

Revised on 04/22/08 to:

Electronic filing of sealed documents, effective January 1, 2007. Documents, that were previously filed under seal at the discretion of the filing party, now must always be filed under seal. View Section 6C(1) Administrative ProceduresView a list of Sealed Events in CM/ECF

12/14/06 Mandatory Electronic Filing in District Court effective January 1, 2007. View the Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filing in Civil and Criminal Cases
12/22/06 Notice of Proposed Amended Bankruptcy Local Rule 5005 requiring electronic filing
11/01/06 Proposed Amendments to Attorney Disciplinary Rules
10/27/06 Effective October 1, 2006, the Bankruptcy Court adopts Amended Interim Federal Bankruptcy Rule 1007
10/03/06 On October 3, 2006, the Bankruptcy Court issued an order on chapter 13 attorneys' compensation. The order may be reviewed here