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Rule 8001. Manner of Taking Appeal; Voluntary Dismissal; Certification to Court of Appeals

(a) Appeal as of Right; How Taken. An appeal from a judgment, order, or decree of a bankruptcy judge to a district court or bankruptcy appellate panel as permitted by 28 U.S.C. § 158 (a)(1) or (a)(2) shall be taken by filing a notice of appeal with the clerk within the time allowed by Rule 8002. An appellant’s failure to take any step other than timely filing a notice of appeal does not affect the validity of the appeal, but is ground only for such action as the district court or bankruptcy appellate panel deems appropriate, which may include dismissal of the appeal. The notice of appeal shall (1) conform substantially to the appropriate Official Form, (2) contain the names of all parties to the judgment, order, or decree appealed from and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of their respective attorneys, and (3) be accompanied by the prescribed fee. Each appellant shall file a sufficient number of copies of the notice of appeal to enable the clerk to comply promptly with Rule 8004.
(b) Appeal by Leave; How Taken. An appeal from an interlocutory judgment, order, or decree of a bankruptcy judge as permitted by 28 U.S.C. § 158 (a)(3) shall be taken by filing a notice of appeal, as prescribed in subdivision (a) of this rule, accompanied by a motion for leave to appeal prepared in accordance with Rule 8003 and with proof of service in accordance with Rule 8008.
(c) Voluntary Dismissal.
(1) Before Docketing. If an appeal has not been docketed, the appeal may be dismissed by the bankruptcy judge on the filing of a stipulation for dismissal signed by all the parties, or on motion and notice by the appellant.
(2) After Docketing. If an appeal has been docketed and the parties to the appeal sign and file with the clerk of the district court or the clerk of the bankruptcy appellate panel an agreement that the appeal be dismissed and pay any court costs or fees that may be due, the clerk of the district court or the clerk of the bankruptcy appellate panel shall enter an order dismissing the appeal. An appeal may also be dismissed on motion of the appellant on terms and conditions fixed by the district court or bankruptcy appellate panel.
[(d) Effect of Taking a Direct Appeal to the Court of Appeals] (Abrogated Mar. 30, 1987, eff. Aug. 1, 1987)
(e) Election To Have Appeal Heard by District Court Instead of Bankruptcy Appellate Panel; Withdrawal of Election.
(1) Separate Writing for Election. An election to have an appeal heard by the district court under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (c)(1) may be made only by a statement of election contained in a separate writing filed within the time prescribed by 28 U.S.C. § 158 (c)(1).
(2) Withdrawal of Election. A request to withdraw the election may be filed only by written stipulation of all the parties to the appeal or their attorneys of record. Upon such a stipulation, the district court may either transfer the appeal to the bankruptcy appellate panel or retain the appeal in the district court.
(f) Certification for Direct Appeal to Court of Appeals.
(1) Timely Appeal Required. A certification of a judgment, order, or decree of a bankruptcy court to a court of appeals under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2) shall not be effective until a timely appeal has been taken in the manner required by subdivisions (a) or (b) of this rule and the notice of appeal has become effective under Rule 8002.
(2) Court Where Certification Made and Filed. A certification that a circumstance specified in 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2)(A)(i)–(iii) exists shall be filed in the court in which a matter is pending for purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2) and this rule. A matter is pending in a bankruptcy court until the docketing, in accordance with Rule 8007(b), of an appeal taken under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (a)(1) or (2), or the grant of leave to appeal under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (a)(3). A matter is pending in a district court or bankruptcy appellate panel after the docketing, in accordance with Rule 8007(b), of an appeal taken under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (a)(1) or (2), or the grant of leave to appeal under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (a)(3).
(A) Certification by Court on Request or Court’s Own Initiative.
(i) Before Docketing or Grant of Leave to Appeal. Only a bankruptcy court may make a certification on request or on its own initiative while the matter is pending in the bankruptcy court.
(ii) After Docketing or Grant of Leave to Appeal. Only the district court or bankruptcy appellate panel involved may make a certification on request of the parties or on its own initiative while the matter is pending in the district court or bankruptcy appellate panel.
(B) Certification by All Appellants and Appellees Acting Jointly. A certification by all the appellants and appellees, if any, acting jointly may be made by filing the appropriate Official Form with the clerk of the court in which the matter is pending. The certification may be accompanied by a short statement of the basis for the certification, which may include the information listed in subdivision (f)(3)(C) of this rule.
(3) Request for Certification; Filing; Service; Contents.
(A) A request for certification shall be filed, within the time specified by 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2), with the clerk of the court in which the matter is pending.
(B) Notice of the filing of a request for certification shall be served in the manner required for service of a notice of appeal under Rule 8004.
(C) A request for certification shall include the following:
(i) the facts necessary to understand the question presented;
(ii) the question itself;
(iii) the relief sought;
(iv) the reasons why the appeal should be allowed and is authorized by statute or rule, including why a circumstance specified in 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2)(A)(i)–(iii) exists; and
(v) an attached copy of the judgment, order, or decree complained of and any related opinion or memorandum.
(D) A party may file a response to a request for certification or a cross request within 14 days after the notice of the request is served, or another time fixed by the court.
(E) Rule 9014 does not govern a request, cross request, or any response. The matter shall be submitted without oral argument unless the court otherwise directs.
(F) A certification of an appeal under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2) shall be made in a separate document served on the parties.
(4) Certification on Court’s Own Initiative.
(A) A certification of an appeal on the court’s own initiative under 28 U.S.C. § 158 (d)(2) shall be made in a separate document served on the parties in the manner required for service of a notice of appeal under Rule 8004. The certification shall be accompanied by an opinion or memorandum that contains the information required by subdivision (f)(3)(C)(i)–(iv) of this rule.
(B) A party may file a supplementary short statement of the basis for certification within 14 days after the certification.
(5) Duties of Parties After Certification. A petition for permission to appeal in accordance with F.R.App.P. 5 shall be filed no later than 30 days after a certification has become effective as provided in subdivision (f)(1).
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