TRUSTEE IN BANKRUPTCY
—(1) An application under section 33 of the Act for the appointment of a trustee may be included in the bankruptcy application or made by summons supported by an affidavit.
(2) The court shall not make an order appointing a person as a trustee unless the person has filed —
an affidavit stating his qualification for appointment as trustee; and
his consent in writing to be appointed as trustee.
54. Where a trustee has been appointed, the following provisions as to security shall have effect:
the security shall be given by the trustee in such manner as the Official Assignee may, from time to time, direct;
the Official Assignee shall fix the amount and nature of the security to be given by the trustee, and may from time to time, as he thinks fit, increase or diminish the amount of security which the trustee may have given; and
the cost of furnishing the required security shall be borne by the trustee personally.
55. Unless otherwise directed by the Official Assignee, a trustee shall at the end of every 6 months submit a written report to the Official Assignee and the creditors’ committee (if any) stating —
all the receipts and payments for the period;
details of all the assets realised and all the assets remaining unrealised during the period and the reasons for which the assets remaining unrealised have not been realised;
the progress of the administration of the estate and all matters arising therefrom to which he considers that the Official Assignee’s attention should be drawn; and
such other information as the Official Assignee may require.
—(1) Except as otherwise provided by these Rules or directed by the court, every trustee shall pay into the Bankruptcy Estates Account without deduction all moneys received by him from the bankrupt’s assets or coming into his possession as trustee.
(2) A trustee may keep with such bank as the Official Assignee may approve a separate account for the purpose of making such payments as may be necessary in the course of the administration of the estate, except that the balance standing in such account shall not exceed $2,000 at any time, unless the prior permission of the Official Assignee has been obtained therefor.
(3) Where the cash balance standing to the credit of the bank account kept by a trustee under paragraph (2) exceeds $2,000 or the amount which the Official Assignee may have permitted, the excess shall be remitted to the Bankruptcy Estates Account at the end of every week.
(4) Every remittance under paragraph (1) or (3) shall be made by cheque crossed “Official Assignee, credit of Bankruptcy Estates Account” and shall be accompanied by a statement of account.
(5) Section 28 of the Act shall apply to moneys paid into the Bankruptcy Estates Account by a trustee as it applies to moneys paid into that account by the Official Assignee under section 27 of the Act.
(6) All necessary disbursements made by a trustee on account of the estate shall, upon an application made by him to the Official Assignee, be repaid to him out of any moneys standing to the credit of the estate in the Bankruptcy Estates Account.
(7) For the purpose of declaring a dividend, a trustee may apply to the Official Assignee for funds available for the purpose standing to the credit of the estate in the Bankruptcy Estates Account.
(8) The application referred to in paragraph (7) shall be supported by a certified list of creditors showing the amount of their proofs and the moneys they are due to receive by way of dividend.
(9) The Official Assignee shall in no case be held liable for any payments made on the requisition of a trustee.
(10) Where the court orders a trustee to pay all moneys received by him from the bankrupt’s assets or coming into his possession as trustee into a bank account other than the Bankruptcy Estates Account, any interest earned in respect of such moneys shall, unless the court otherwise directs, at such time as may be determined by the Official Assignee be remitted by the trustee to the Bankruptcy Estates Account.
58. In determining a trustee’s remuneration under section 38 of the Act, the following factors shall be considered:
the complexity of the case;
whether in the administration of the estate the trustee was required to assume responsibility of an exceptional kind or degree;
the effectiveness with which the trustee appears to have carried out his duties as trustee; and
the value and nature of the assets in the estate with which the trustee has to deal.
—(1) Where a meeting of the creditors is summoned for the purpose of removing a trustee, the notice summoning the meeting shall indicate the purpose of the meeting.
(2) The Official Assignee shall be served with a copy of the notice.
(3) Where at the meeting it is decided by special resolution that —
the trustee be removed; or
a new trustee be appointed,
the chairman shall, within 3 days, serve the Official Assignee with a notice of the resolution.
—(1) The Official Assignee or any creditor may make an application to the court for the removal of the trustee.
(2) The application shall be supported by an affidavit stating —
the grounds of the application; and
any evidence which the applicant intends to adduce in support of the application.
(3) The application shall be served on the trustee, the Official Assignee (if he is not the applicant) and all creditors who have proved their debts at least 14 days before the date of the hearing.
(4) On hearing an application for the removal of the trustee, the court may, if it thinks fit —
dismiss the application;
order that the trustee be removed; or
make such other order as it thinks fit.
(5) Where the court orders a trustee to be removed, the court may include in the order —
such other orders as it thinks fit in connection with the removal; and
an order for the appointment of a new trustee.
61. Where a trustee is ordered to be removed by the court, the applicant for the order (if he is not the Official Assignee) shall serve a copy of the order on the Official Assignee and on the trustee, within 3 days of the making of the order.
62. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the costs of and incidental to an application for the removal of a trustee shall not be borne by the estate.
—(1) Where a trustee has served a notice of resignation under section 41(3) of the Act, he shall, within 14 days thereof, call a meeting of creditors.
(2) The notice of the meeting shall be served on the Official Assignee.
(3) The notice of the meeting shall state the reasons for the trustee’s resignation and shall be accompanied by a report of the trustee’s administration of the estate including —
an account of all moneys and properties in the estate; and
a summary of his receipts and payments.
(4) Upon the resignation taking effect, section 42 of the Act shall apply.
64. Where for any reason a trustee ceases to hold office, he shall deliver up to the Official Assignee or the person succeeding him as trustee —
the assets of the estate (after deduction of any expenses properly incurred and distributions made);
all the records relating to the estate and his administration thereof, including any correspondence, proofs and other related papers pertaining to the estate; and
the bankrupt’s books, papers and other records.
65. The trustee’s security shall not be discharged until the Official Assignee is satisfied that the trustee has faithfully performed his duties in the course of his trusteeship to the date of cessation of his office.
—(1) The court may, on the application of the Official Assignee, make such orders as it thinks necessary for the enforcement of the duties of the trustee under the Act and these Rules.
(2) The court may order that the costs of and incidental to the Official Assignee’s application be borne by the trustee.