The House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Legislation that would add 13 new bankruptcy judgeships for the growing backlog of cases in the bankruptcy courts. “Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010” (H.R. 4506) creates 13 new permanent bankruptcy judgeships, converts 22 temporary bankruptcy judgeships to permanent status, and extends the temporary authorization for 2 bankruptcy judgeships for another 5 years. In order to pay for the 13 new permanent bankruptcy judgeships, the legislation increases bankruptcy filing fees by $1.00 for filings under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code and by $42.00 for filings under Chapter 11 of the Code. The filing fees for Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases have been $299 and the filing fees for Chapter 13 cases have been $274 for a number of years.
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