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Opinions have been released on Thursday, May 27, 2016.

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Rule Amendments


Notice of BAP Local Rules Amendment and Request for Comments

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), and 6th Cir. R. 47(d), the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit ("BAP") hereby provides notice that it has adopted amendments to its rules effective December 15, 2014, and seeks public comment on those amendments. More Information BAP Local Rules (effective 12/15/2014)

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

Effective December 1, 2014 the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure have been amended to include changes to Rule 6. Those changes have been incorporated into the Rules as posted here. Amended Rules


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Vacancy Announcement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is accepting applications for the position of IT Security Officer. The position will remain open until filled. The incumbent provides actionable advice to improve IT security and serves as a team lead to fulfill security objectives within the court. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by the close of business on May 31, 2016. More Information

Public Notice

The current 14-year terms of office of Phillip J. Shefferly, Marci B. McIvor, and Thomas J. Tucker, United States Bankruptcy Judges for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit, are due to expire in March 2017. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is presently considering whether to reappoint the incumbent bankruptcy judges to new 14-year terms of office. More Information

Clerk’s Notice

Please take notice that changes to the criminal pattern jury instructions were uploaded to the Sixth Circuit website on September 9, 2015. A summary of the changes is accessible from the Court’s website at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/crim_jury_insts.htm and is reproduced here.

2016 Court Session Calendar

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has posted the schedule of oral arguments for the year of 2016. More Information

Notice - Advisory Committee on Rules

Pursuant to 6 Cir. I.O.P. 47, the Court has appointed the following attorneys to serve on the Advisory Committee on Rules. The Committee invites your comments and suggestions with regard to the Local Rules and Internal Operating Procedures, which may be submitted via e-mail to: RulesAdvisoryCommittee@ca6.uscourts.gov. More Information

Notice - Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions

The Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Council advises that the Pattern Jury Instructions have been revised. Access to the revised Instructions can be found at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/crim_jury_insts.htm.

A brief synopsis of the changes can be found at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/crim_jury_insts/2015UpdatesSummary.pdf.

Notice of Procurement Opportunities

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has a requirement to replace the existing POWIS binding equipment used throughout the circuit; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. We plan to purchase twenty-three (23) new POWIS Fastback 20 binding machines or an approved equal. We intend to trade-in twenty-four (24) POWIS binding machines during this procurement. The awarded vendor must provide delivery, setup, training and removal of the old machines. More Information

Electronic Payment

Starting August 1, 2014 the Court will be accepting the electronic filing via CM/ECF of petitions for review, original petitions, and applications for attorney admissions.

Additionally, CM/ECF filers will be able to make online credit card or ACH payments for the following fees:
  • Docketing Fees
  • Notice of Appeal from the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
  • Admission of Attorney
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Instructions on how to make online fee payments may be found at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/electronic_payment/electronicpay.htm

    Register as a Public Interested Person

    Members of the public who wish to receive notification of activity in selected cases may now do so via the Sixth Circuit's CM/ECF website. More Information

    Adoption Of Docket Numbering
    Effective March 24, 2014, the entries on the court’s dockets, available through PACER, will be numbered. The court has adopted the numbering convention for easier review and reference to docket entries. On some existing dockets, gaps may appear in the numbering sequence. These are not errors or deletions. Rather, this is due to the fact that prior to January 1, 2014, all events, even internal purely administrative entries, received a number. Any gaps represent non-public technical entries. Any questions may be directed to the Clerk’s Office. After January 1, 2014 only public entries were assigned numbers.

    Increases to the Fee Schedule
    At its September 2013 session, the Judicial Conference approved several changes to the Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. Changes include an increase of the appellate filing fee, referred to as the “docketing fee” in the schedule, from $450 to $500. The Conference also adopted an increase to the cost of retrieving records that are stored away from the court's place of business. More Information

    Electronic Filing - Immigration Administrative Records

    By administrative order, the Court has authorized the electronic filing of administrative records in petitions for review of decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals. More Information

    Policy Change: Electronic Devices

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has posted its current policy on the use of electronic devices. More Information


    Bankruptcy Appellate Panel


    BAP Adopts Electronic Filing
    Effective April 1, 2010, all filings by attorneys in appeals to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit are to be made electronically through ECF. The rules of the BAP have been amended effective April 1, 2010, and counsel should refer to these, and to the Guide to Electronic Filing referred to therein and linked below, when making filings with the BAP. BAP Notice , Amended BAP Rules , Guide to Electronic Filing



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