LBR 1073-1. ASSIGNMENT OF CASES
LBR 1073-1. ASSIGNMENT OF CASES(a) New Petitions. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, a new petition commencing a case must be assigned by the clerk according to a random draw so that neither the clerk, the parties, nor their attorneys is able to make a deliberate choice of a particular judge.
(b) Assignment or Reassignment of Related Cases and Proceedings. The court will assign or reassign related cases or proceedings pursuant to the procedures established by the court’s General Orders.
(c) Motion for Reassignment or Consolidation of Related Cases.
(1) A motion by a party in interest for reassignment or consolidation of related
bankruptcy cases or adversary proceedings must be made to the judge to whom the
low-numbered case is assigned.
(2) The motion must be filed and served in accordance with LBR 9013-1(o). Notice
must be given to the debtor or debtor in possession, the trustee (if any), the
creditors’ committee or the 20 largest unsecured creditors if no committee has been
appointed, any other committee appointed in the case, counsel for any of the
foregoing, the United States trustee, and any other party in interest entitled to
notice under FRBP 2002. Notice of a motion seeking the reassignment or
consolidation of an adversary proceeding must be given to each party named in the
adversary proceeding. A judge’s copy of the motion must be served in chambers
on the higher-numbered judge.
(3) An order reassigning a related case pursuant to LBR 1015-2 must be titled “Order of Reassignment Pursuant to LBR 1015-2,” and must be promptly filed with the clerk and entered by the clerk on the docket. Notice of the order must be given to
all parties who are entitled to notice of the order for relief pursuant to FRBP 2002(d)(1) and (f)(1), and to the judge to whom the high-numbered case is
(d) Reassignment of Cases or Proceedings Due to Recusal.
(1) The court will reassign a case or proceeding due to recusal pursuant to the
procedures established by the court’s General Orders.
(2) Upon recusal of an assigned judge of an entire case, an adversary proceeding,
contested matter, or other single matter within a case, the recused case, proceeding
or matter will be reassigned by the clerk to another judge by random draw.
(e) Assignment of Miscellaneous Matters. Whenever action is required on a miscellaneous matter for which there is no bankruptcy case pending in this district, the clerk will assign the matter by random draw.
(f) Nonlimitation of Applicability. A judge may assign any case or adversary proceeding to another judge.