Who needs a form B257?
Whenever a plaintiff or a defendant needs documents from a party who cannot or is not willing to disclose information, the court clerk issues form B257. This form obliges a party to provide the requested data and allows inspection of premises in his possession. The form must be filled out by a court clerk and a server.
What is form B257 for?
Form B257 stands for Subpoena to produce documents, information, or objects or to permit inspection of premises in a bankruptcy case (or adversary proceeding). The court clerk gives it to the server who in turn serves a copy to the person in the subpoena. The server must complete the original form after the copy has been served. This form is issued only in US Bankruptcy Court.
Is it accompanied by other forms?
It doesn’t require any addenda.
When is this form due?
The court clerk adds an expiration date on the form.
How do I fill out a form B257?
The court clerk must fill out page 1. He writes the defendant’s, plaintiff’s and debtor’s names and the case number or an adverse proceeding number on the top of the page. He adds the name of a person who is responsible for information disclosure, that is, the recipient of the subpoena. The court clerk describes the conditions and specifies information requested in the case. The second page is the Proof of Service. It is to be completed by the server and signed by the recipient. If the server failed to deliver subpoena, he must provide the reason. Also he has to calculate and submit transportation fees in this document.
Where do I send it?
The server returns the original form B257 to the court clerk in US Bankruptcy Court.