Chapter 13 Trustee Duties, Powers, and Limitations

By James J. Robinson, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Alabama

Who appoints the standing chapter 13 trustee?

The United States Trustee appoints the standing chapter 13 trustee for each judicial district where the UST system is in place, while the court appoints the standing chapter 13 trustee under the Bankruptcy Administrator program. See 11 U.S.C. § 1302 for the UST authority; Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol. 9, § 210(g); and see Rule 9035, 1991 Advisory Committee note 2(e) (which points out that the bankruptcy court . . .

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