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How many copies do I need to file?
A party need only file one copy of the brief and appendix to a brief. If you would like to receive a file-stamped copy of any paper, please include an additional copy and a return envelope with postage prepaid.
How is time calculated?
Unless otherwise specified, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9006(a), (b), (c), (e), and (f) apply to BAP appeals.
See: Fed. R. Bankr. 9006
What is the appendix?
The appellant must provide copies of all items that the Panel should consider in an appendix that the appellant will file with its brief. An appellee who wishes to provide additional items not included in the appellant’s appendix, may also file an appendix. Items that must be included in the appendix are listed in Fed. R. Bankr. P. Rule 8009(b) .
See: Fed. R. Bankr. P. 8009(b); 1st Cir. BAP L.R. 8009-2
Will the same judge who decided my case hear my appeal?
No. BAP judges may not consider an appeal that originated from their district. For example, a bankruptcy judge from Bangor, Maine cannot sit on the Panel of an appeal from Portland, Maine.
See: 28 U.S.C. § 158(b)(6)
Can I file documents electronically?
Yes. The BAP allows attorneys to file electronically. See General Order No. 2 and instructions on our website. Pro se parties, parties not represented by an attorney, cannot file electronically.