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November 2005

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Bankruptcy Noticing Center Meets Rush

As bankruptcy courts across the country handled long lines of bankruptcy filers, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) also was experiencing a flood of notices. In the weeks prior to and immediately after October 17, 2005, the BNC handled up to 2 million sheets per day, over triple its normal workflow. By the end of October, the BNC was still churning out over one million sheets a day. Some non-critical notices, such as discharges, were delayed during the rush period, but mailings resumed the week of October 24.

The BNC electronically retrieves data from the bankruptcy courts’ case management systems and prints, addresses, batches, and mails the resulting notices. The Bankruptcy Code and Rules require bankruptcy courts to send these notices to all interested parties in the filing of a bankruptcy case and of certain subsequent events. The BNC not only eliminates local preparation and mailing of notices by deputy clerks, it also generates notices in a fraction of the time and at a far lower cost than when notices were produced by local courts. The BNC, now in the eighth year of a 10-year contract, is estimated to have saved nearly $36 million for the Judiciary since the beginning of the contract.