Bankruptcy Court Fees

Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule (28 U.S.C. § 1930)

The fees included in the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule are to be charged

for services provided by the bankruptcy courts.

• The United States should not be charged fees under this schedule, with the

exception of those specifically prescribed in Items 1, 3 and 5 when the

information requested is available through remote electronic access.

• Federal agencies or programs that are funded from judiciary appropriations

(agencies, organizations, and individuals providing services authorized by

the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, and bankruptcy

administrators) should not be charged any fees under this schedule.

(1) For reproducing any document, $.50 per page. This fee applies to services

rendered on behalf of the United States if the document requested is available

through electronic access.

(2) For certification of any document, $9.

For exemplification of any document, $18.

(3) For reproduction of an audio recording of a court proceeding, $26. This fee

applies to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the recording is

available electronically.

(4) For filing an amendment to the debtor’s schedules, lists of creditors, or mailing

list, $26, except:

• The bankruptcy judge may, for good cause, waive the charge in any case.

• This fee must not be charged if –

• the amendment is to change the address of a creditor or an attorney

for a creditor listed on the schedules; or

• the amendment is to add the name and address of an attorney for a

creditor listed on the schedules.

(5) For conducting a search of the bankruptcy court records, $26 per name or item

searched. This fee applies to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the

information requested is available through electronic access.

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(6) For filing a complaint, $250, except:

• If the trustee or debtor-in-possession files the complaint, the fee should be

paid by the estate, if there is an estate.

• This fee must not be charged if –

• the debtor is the plaintiff; or

• a child support creditor or representative files the complaint and

submits the form required by § 304(g) of the Bankruptcy Reform Act

of 1994.

(7) For filing any document that is not related to a pending case or proceeding, $39.

(8) Administrative fee for filing a case under Title 11 or when a motion to divide a

joint case under Title 11 is filed, $39.

(9) For payment to trustees pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 330(b)(2), a $15 fee applies in the

following circumstances:

• For filing a petition under Chapter 7.

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 7 case.

• For filing a motion to divide a joint Chapter 7 case.

• For filing a motion to convert a case to a Chapter 7 case.

• For filing a notice of conversion to a Chapter 7 case.

(10) In addition to any fees imposed under Item 9, above, the following fees must be

collected:

• For filing a motion to convert a Chapter 12 case to a Chapter 7 case or a

notice of conversion pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1208(a), $45.

• For filing a motion to convert a Chapter 13 case to a Chapter 7 case or a

notice of conversion pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1307(a), $10.

The fee amounts in this item are derived from the fees prescribed in 28 U.S.C.

§ 1930(a).

If the trustee files the motion to convert, the fee is payable only from the estate that

exists prior to conversion.

If the filing fee for the chapter to which the case is requested to be converted is

less than the fee paid at the commencement of the case, no refund may be

provided.

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(11) For filing a motion to reopen, the following fees apply:

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 7 case, $245.

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 9 case, $1000.

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 11 case, $1000.

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 12 case, $200.

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 13 case, $235.

• For filing a motion to reopen a Chapter 15 case, $1000.

The fee amounts in this item are derived from the fees prescribed in 28 U.S.C.

§ 1930(a).

The reopening fee must be charged when a case has been closed without a

discharge being entered.

The court may waive this fee under appropriate circumstances or may defer

payment of the fee from trustees pending discovery of additional assets. If payment

is deferred, the fee should be waived if no additional assets are discovered.

The reopening fee must not be charged in the following situations:

• to permit a party to file a complaint to obtain a determination under Rule

4007(b); or

• when a debtor files a motion to reopen a case based upon an alleged

violation of the terms of the discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 524.

(12) For retrieval of a record from a Federal Records Center, National Archives, or

other storage location removed from the place of business of the court, $45.

(13) For a check paid into the court which is returned for lack of funds, $45.

(14) For filing an appeal or cross appeal from a final judgment, $250.

This fee is collected in addition to the statutory fee of $5 that is collected under 28

U.S.C. § 1930(c) when a notice of appeal is filed.

Parties filing a joint notice of appeal should pay only one fee.

If a trustee or debtor in possession is the appellant, the fee must be payable only

from the estate and to the extent there is any estate realized.

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Upon notice from the court of appeals that a direct appeal or direct cross-appeal

has been authorized, an additional fee of $200 must be collected.

(15) For filing a case under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, $1000.

This fee is derived from and equal to the fee prescribed in 28 U.S.C. § 1930(a)(4)

for filing a case commenced under Chapter 11 of Title 11.

(16) The court may charge and collect fees commensurate with the cost of providing

copies of the local rules of court. The court may also distribute copies of the local

rules without charge.

(17) The clerk shall assess a charge for the handling of registry funds deposited with the

court, to be assessed from interest earnings and in accordance with the detailed fee

schedule issued by the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States

Courts.

(18) For filing a motion to divide a joint case filed under 11 U.S.C. § 302, the following

fees apply:

• For filing a motion to divide a joint Chapter 7 case, $245.

• For filing a motion to divide a joint Chapter 11 case, $1000.

• For filing a motion to divide a joint Chapter 12 case, $200.

• For filing a motion to divide a joint Chapter 13 case, $235.

These fees are derived from and equal to the filing fees prescribed in 28 U.S.C.

§ 1930(a).

(19) For filing the following motions, $150:

• To terminate, annul, modify or condition the automatic stay;

• To compel abandonment of property of the estate pursuant to Rule 6007(b)

of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure; or

• To withdraw the reference of a case or proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 157(d).

This fee must not be collected in the following situations:

• For a motion for relief from the co-debtor stay;

• For a stipulation for court approval of an agreement for relief from a stay; or

• For a motion filed by a child support creditor or its representative, if the

form required by § 304(g) of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994 is filed.


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