RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY FILING FEE WAIVER PROGRAM
WHEREAS, the Federal Judicial Center recently issued the report, Implementing and Evaluating the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waiver Program - Report to the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System of the Judicial Conference of the United States (the Report);

WHEREAS, the Report was the culmination of a pilot program implemented by the Judicial Conference of the United States, under the direction from Congress (Pub.L.No.103-121 Stat. 1153), to study the effect of waiving the $175 filing fee for individual Chapter 7 debtors who are unable to pay the fee installments;

WHEREAS, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, encompassing Philadelphia County, was one of six federal judicial districts that participated in the pilot program and had more filing fee waivers approved than the other five districts combined during the program from October 1, 1994 through September 30, 1997;

WHEREAS, most of the filing fee waivers approved in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania emanated from Philadelphia County as a result of the work done by the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, the pro bono project of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference;

WHEREAS, as a result of the pilot program, over one thousand indigent citizens of the City of Philadelphia were able to access the bankruptcy laws of the United States and discharge their debts, preserve their housing and receive a fresh start;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports enactment of legislation permitting indigent individuals to file Chapter 7 petitions to proceed in forma pauperis and without fee;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chancellor and the Legislative Liaison Committee take all appropriate action to seek the enactment of this proposed program.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: APRIL 30, 1998