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This information is intended to inform firm clients and friends about legal developments, including recent decisions of various courts and administrative bodies, in a rapidly changing, uncertain environment. This information may not constitute the most complete or up-to-date legal or other information and not all sources can be validated. Nothing in this Interactive Map should be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion, and readers should not act upon the information contained in this Interactive Map without seeking the advice of legal counsel.

Alabama

  • Middle district: All hearings set through May 1, 2020 will be telephonic.  See administrative order for details.  Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, will be telephonic.  See notice for details.
  • Northern district:  Beginning March 23, 2020, all hearings set on the Decatur, Florence, Huntsville and Birmingham dockets will be telephonic.  Beginning March 24, 2020, all hearings set on the Jasper and Tuscaloosa dockets will be telephonic.  All hearings set on the Anniston and St. Clair County docket will be telephonic beginning on March 30, 2020.  Beginning March 23, 2020, meetings of creditors will be telephonic.  See notice for details.
  • Southern district: Effective March 16, 2020, the Southern District began operating with minimal staff and announced that until further notice all hearings will be telephonic.  See public notice for details.  Beginning March 20, 2020, meetings of creditors will be telephonic.  See notice for details.  Effective March 23, 2020, the requirement for obtaining original signatures from debtors for electronic filings is temporarily suspended. See administrative order for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

 

Alaska

  • District of Alaska: Effective March 20, 2020, public access to the clerk's office and in person appearances by parties and their attorneys in the courtroom were suspended until further notice.  See  General Order 2020-3 for details.  Information on how to file documents, pay filing fees, and appear for court hearings is in the General Order or available on the court's website here notice.  Effective March 23, 2020, paper filings and payments made in the Fairbanks or Juneau courthouses must now be made in the Anchorage courthouse.  See General Order 2020-4
  • Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may only proceed if telephonically held, those scheduled for March 31, 2020, and going forward will be telephonic.  See notice for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Arizona

  • District of Arizona: The court vacated all evidentiary hearings scheduled between March 18, 2020 and April 10, 2020.  All other hearings will remain on the calendar and will be telephonic.  Mediations scheduled between March 18, 2020 and April 10, 2020, must be telephonic or reset to a later date.  See general order 20-3.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 20-4 for details.  Effective March 30, 2020, the requirement for obtaining original signatures from debtors for electronic filings is temporarily suspended.  See general order 20-5 for details.

     

Last updated March 31, 2020

Arkansas

Last updated March 31, 2020

California

  • Central district: All courthouses closed to the public except for hearings on criminal duty matters.  All matters before the bankruptcy court will proceed telephonically.  See general Order 20-042.  Please see General Orders regarding access to court facilities, jury trials and other proceedings, General Order 20-02 and General Order 02-03
  • Eastern district: Courthouses are closed to the public.  See General Order 612 for details.  All bankruptcy matters will be decided on the papers, or if the assigned judge believe a hearing is necessary, a hearing will be conducted by telephone.  See notice for details.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued to a later date to be determined.  See Notice for details.  Deadlines related to 11 U.S. C. § 341 first meetings of creditors scheduled on or after March 16, 2020 are extended to 60 days after the continued 341 meeting is actually held with the debtor present in person or by telephone.  See General Order 20-02 for details.   
  • Northern district: As of March 30, 2020, courthouses are closed entirely to the public.  All trials and evidentiary hearings scheduled through May 1, 2020 will be rescheduled to a date after May 1, 2020.  All non-evidentiary motion and application hearings set through May 1, 2020 will be held telephonically.   See Amended General Order 38  for details.  The requirement to obtain original signatures from debtors are electronic filings has been temporarily suspended.  See General Order 39.  All 341 meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued to a later date to be determined.  Deadlines related to 11 U.S. C. § 341 first meetings of creditors scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are extended to 60 days after the continued 341 meeting is rescheduled.  See General Order 40 for details.  
  • Southern district:  Effective March 18, 2020 through April 16, 2020, all hearings will be telephonic unless the assigned judge orders otherwise.  See administrative order 20-1 and mandatory telephonic hearing guidelines for details. Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may only proceed if telephonically held.  See notice for details. Certain deadlines contained in the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and 11 U.S.C. § 1308 have been temporarly extended to accommodate logistical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  See administrative order 20-3 for details.  The requirement to obtain original signatures from debtors for electronic filings has been temporarily suspended.  See administrative order 20-2 for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Colorado

  • District of Colorado: All non-evidentiary hearings will be telephonic, but all trials and evidentiary hearings will be conducted in person and require appearances in the courtroom, though affidavits are encouraged to increase social distancing.  See operational status for details.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See restrictions for details.  Section 341 meetings of creditors originally scheduled between March 16 and March 23, 2020 have been rescheduled to a new date and will be held telephonically.  Section 231 meetings of creditors scheduled from March 30 through April 30, 2020 will be conducted on the same date telephonically.  See Notice Regarding Chapter 7 and 13 Telephonic Meetings of Creditors for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Connecticut

  • District of Connecticut: All in-person chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020, are continued until a later date to be determined.  Certain deadlines related to the meeting of creditors have also been extended by General Order.  Effective March 27, 2020, all hearings will be conducted telephonically unless a party requests a continuance.  Evidentiary hearings and trials may proceed as scheduled at the discretion of the court.  See  General Order #3 for details.  Effective March 26, 2020, there is no publioc access to the clerk's office.  Instructions for manual filings and payment of fees is in the General Order Restricting Access to the Clerk's Offices.    Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order for details.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Delaware

  • District of Delaware: Effective March 31, 2020, all court hearings that are not time sensitive are continued to a date to be determined on or after May 1, 2020.  All hearings held prior to May 1, 2020 will be held telephonically.  See March 31, 2020 Amended Order for details.  Effective March 18, 2020 and until further notice, in person access to the clerk's office is suspended.  See  Notice and Order of Emergency Clerk's Office Procedures for details.  Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may only proceed if telephonically held.  See notice for details.  The court also entered an order suspending the requirement to obtain original signatures from debtors under circumstances.  See March 26, 2020 Order here for details.

     

Last updated March 31, 2020

Florida

  • Middle district:  Effective March 16, 2020, all non-evidentiary hearings will be telephonic.  Individual judges may determine to continue non-time-sensitive evidentiary hearings and trials.  See latest announcements.  Effective March 23, 2020, all attorney-prepared notices of hearing must include telephonic access information.  See court's example for mandatory language.  The court issued updated telephonic appearances procedures available here.  In person access to the clerk's office is suspended.  See administrative order FLMB-2020-3. Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may only proceed if telephonically held.  See notice.  Certain deadlines that relate to the date first set for the meeting of creditors have been extended by Administrative Order FLMB 2020-2.  The court has suspended an attorney's obligation to obtain original client signatures prior to electronically filing signed papers. See Administrative Order FLMB-2020-4
  • Northern district: All courthouses closed to the public effective March 23, 2020.  See Administrative Order .  The court also modified procedures to allow self-represented debtors to file documents via fax or email (see Administrative Order 20-005) and suspended the requirement an attorney obtain and retain original signatures from debtors for electronic filings (see Administrative Order 20-006).  Effective March 17, 2020, all hearings noticed will be telephonic. See Administrative Order 20-03.  Effective April 11th, all Section 341 meetings will be conducted telephonically, with no in person 341 meetings held until further notice.  Meetings previously scheduled but not held will be reset for dates after April 11.  Certain deadlines that relate to the date first set for the meeting of creditors have been extended by Administrative Order 20-004
  • Southern district: All courthouses closed to the public effective March 30, 2020.  See Administrative Order 2020-07 for details.  Effective March 16, 2020 all hearings will be telephonic.  The court will reschedule all trials and evidentiary hearings except for those held shortly after a chapter 11 filing. See public notice.  By order dated March 19, 2020, the court suspended the requirement an attorney obtain and retain original signatures from debtors for electronic filings.  Parties may offer direct evidence by declarations complying with 28 USC § 1746.  See Administrative Order 2020-06.  All meetings of creditors set between March 16, 2020 and April 10, 2020 may only be held telephonically.  See notice.  Certain deadlines that relate to the date first set for the meeting of creditors have been extended by Administrative Order 2020-05.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Georgia

  • Middle district: All hearings noticed between March 18, 2020 and April 15, 2020 will be telephonic.  Court prohibits all in-person appearances at the courthouse.  See Administrative Order # 126 for details.  The court amended local rule 5005-4 to allow attorneys to submit digital signatures of their clients provided that the client's original signature is obtained on the document within 60 days in Administrative Order #129  The bankruptcy trustee reset all meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, unless telephonically held.  See notice for details.  The court extended certain deadlines related to the scheduling of the first meeting of creditors during the period of March 18, 2020 through April 10, 2020 in Administrative Order #125.  Noticing period for meetings of creditors originally scheduled for March 17, 2020 to April 10, 2020 that are reset to later dates may be reset to a date on less than 21 days notice. See Administrative Order #132  for details.
  • Northern district:  Beginning March 16, 2020 all hearings noticed will be telephonic unless the party arranges differently with chambers.  See public notice for details.  An AT&T conference service rather than the court’s official digital audio system will be recording all court proceedings.  If a party would prefer to use a private vendor such as CourtCall, notice must be provided to chambers 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.  See disclaimer regarding telephonic hearings.  All meetings of creditors scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 10, 2020 in all divisions of the court are being rescheduled to a later date.  See General Order 31-2020 for details.  The court has extended certain deadlines related to the first meeting of creditors in  General Order 32-2020.  There are visitor restrictions for all courthouses. See Amendment to General Order 2020-01  for details.  Effective March 25, 2020, interim bankruptcy filing procedures for parties not represented by an attorney were put into effect.  See General Order 34-2020 for details.
  • Southern district: Beginning March 19, 2020 and until further notice, absent permission from the assigned judge, all hearings will be telephonic.  See public notice for details and dial in numbers.  The court is permitting verified pleadings to be filed without an original signature provided certain conditions are met set forth in Administrative Order 2020-2.  All meetings of creditors scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 10, 2020 are being rescheduled to a later date.  See notice of continuance for details.  The court has extended certain deadlines related to the first meeting of creditors in Amended Administrative Order 2020-1.  The order also extends certain deadlines related to the first meeting of creditors.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Hawaii

  • District of Hawaii: All non-evidentiary hearings scheduled until May 3, 2020 will be held telephonically.  The court continued all trials and evidentiary hearings requiring testimony scheduled between March 17, 2020 and May 3, 2020.  The courthouse is closed to the public until May 3, 2020.  See General Order Dated March 23, 2020  for details.  The court amended local rule 5005-4 relaxing the requirement of original signatures by debtors.  See General Order Dated March 20, 2020  for details.  All meetings of creditors set between March 16, 2020 and April 10, 2020 may only be held telephonically.  See notice for details.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Idaho

  • District of Idaho: Effective March 27, 2020 through April 15, 2020, the courthouse is closed except for essential hearings.  The determination of which hearings are essential is left to the presiding judge.  Video and telephonic means will be utilized to the extent possible.  See  General Order No. 362 for details.  Until further notice, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, the court will not conduct any in-person bankruptcy case hearings or proceedings.  All pending and future court hearings will either be continued or scheduled for video or telephone proceedings on a case-by-case basis.   See General Order No. 360 for details.  Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may only proceed if telephonically held.  See notice for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Illinois

  • Central districtBeginning March 16, 2020 through May 18, 2020, all hearings will be telephonic.  There will be no personal appearances in court.  See update on court operations for details. In-person Section 341 meetings are continued indefinitely but Section 341 meetings may be held telephonically. See notice regarding 341 meetings for details. Related deadlines are extended accordingly. See order extending 341 meeting deadlines for details.  The Springfield and Urbana courthouses are closed to the public.  See update on court operations for details.  Effective March 24, 2020, and until further notice, the court has modified its requirements for filing documents with "wet signatures."  See general order for details. 

  • Northern district: Beginning March 23, 2020, All hearings will be telephonic, parties will serve all motions a minimum of seven days before the presentment date, and if a party wants a motion called, it will have to file a notice of objection two business days before the presentment date.  See general order no 20-03 for details and for a list of changes to the court call days and times.

  • Southern district: The East St Louis and Benton courthouses are closed to the public until Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  See amd admin order 261 for details.  Beginning March 19, 2020, all hearings noticed will be telephonic.  Parties with a trial or evidentiary hearing of any type scheduled should contact the court immediately to discuss pre-hearing conference regarding a continuance.  If the court holds the hearing, the number of people attending in person must be limited.  See court operations notice for details regarding telephone instructions.  Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may proceed if telephonically held.  See notice for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Indiana

  • Northern district:  Courthouse closed to the public.  All hearings scheduled between March 18, 2020 and April 1, 2020 will be rescheduled or telephonic.  See general order 2020-06 for details.  Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may proceed if telephonically held.  See notice for details.  Any party seeking emergency relief from the restrictions put in place through General Order 2020-06 must file a motion for such relief in the case in which the emergency relief is sought.  See general order 2020-07 for details.
  • Southern district: Courthouse closed to public.  All hearings will be telephonic.  Instructions for participating in telephonic hearings will be posted in the communication's section on the judge’s page of the website.  See judges' info for links to each website.  Meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020, may proceed if telephonically held.  See notice for details.  Effective March 31, 2020, interim bankruptcy filing procedures for parties not represented by an attorney were put into effect.  See General Order 20-0003 for details.  The deadline set under 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(1) for a chapter 7 trustee to assume or reject an executory contract or unexpired lease is extended to 30 days after the conclusion of the meeting of creditors.  See General Order 20-0005 for details.

     

Last updated March 31, 2020

Iowa

  • Northern district:  The court does not anticipate any changes to normal court operations.  The court will conduct all hearings as scheduled unless the court informs otherwise.  Telephonic and video conferencing may be more widely used for appearances.  See court operations notice Meetings of creditors may only proceed telephonically or via videoconference until further notice.  Additionally, the Sioux City courthouse and Cedar Rapids courthouse hours of operation are limited to 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See website banner for details.
  • Southern district: The court does not anticipate any changes to normal bankruptcy court operations.  The court will conduct all hearings as scheduled unless the court informs otherwise.  Telephonic and video conferencing may be more widely used for appearances.  See court operations notice.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Kansas

Last updated March 31, 2020

Kentucky

  • Eastern district: On March 20, 2020, the court continued all matters scheduled for hearing on Thursday, April 2, 2020 (Lexington division), Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (Covington division), Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (Ashland division), and Thursday, April 9, 2020 (Frankfort/Lexington divisions).  Parties originally requesting the hearing shall re-notice for the applicable May hearing date if necessary.  It is likely the May hearings will be telephonic.  See hearings continued notice for details.  Effective March 12, 2020, and until further notice, telephonic appearances and participation will be broadly available to parties in order to limit personal contact in court spaces.  See response for details.  The court also updated the signature requirements outlined in section VI of its Administrative Procedures Manual.   See the online update for details.  In a notice posted on March 30, 2020, the courted added new virtual filing procedures to facilitate filings by non-registered CM/ECF filers. 
  • Western district: Effective March 27, 2020, and until further notice,  the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office will be closed to all walk-in customers. The Clerk’s Office will otherwise remain in business Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST.  See general order 2020-6 for details.  Effective March 27, 2020, and until further notice, all hearings will be telephonic.  See general order 2020-6 for details.   On March 25, 2020, the court issued an administrative order detailing how meetings of creditors will be rescheduled.  See General Order 2020-5 for details.   Effective March 30, 2020, interim bankruptcy filing procedures for parties not represented by an attorney were put into effect.  See General Order 2020-5 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Louisiana

  • Eastern district: Effective March 13, 2020, all hearings will be telephonic or video conference.  Non-evidentiary hearings will be telephonic.  Evidentiary hearings will utilize a video-conferencing service located at the internet site www.join.me in addition to audio connection through the dial-in numbers.  See general order 2020-2 for details.  Additionally, all Section 341 meetings will be conducted primarily by telephone. No in-person meetings will take place.  See emergency procedures
  • Middle district:   Courthouse closed to the public. The court will consider matters on a case-by-case basis.  The court may grant uncontested matters without hearing.  Matters, in which a hearing is necessary, due to opposition or questions by the court, will be continued or heard telephonically.  See important notice response for details.  Effective March 25, 2020, original signature requirements have been suspended.  See Standing Order 2020-1 for details. Additionally, all Section 341 meetings will be conducted primarily by telephone. No in-person meetings will take place.  See emergency procedures.
  • Western district: The court is not altering any previously scheduled hearings, but all non-evidentiary hearings will be telephonic.  If an evidentiary hearing is required the parties must provide the court notice as soon as possible.  The judge will then issue guidance on how the court will conduct the hearing.  See general order 2020-3 for details.  Effective March 24, 2020, administrative procedures governing original signatures have been modified. See General Order 2020-4 for details.  All in-person section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  Telephonic meetings may proceed as scheduled. See website banner for details.  Please see this notice for important message from the court about the temporary procedures in place.  Effective March 19, 2020, certain deadlines during the "Protocol Period" are tolled and the new deadline and will be adjusted by the number of days such "Protocol Period" runs.  See General Order 2020-3-1 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Maine

  • District of Maine: All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued or set telephonically.  Beginning March 16, 2020, all trials and evidentiary hearings scheduled to commence through (and including) April 17, 2020 are continued to a later date.  Other hearings scheduled through May 19, 2020 will proceed telephonically.  See General Order Regarding COVID-19 and Second General Order for details. Effective March 30, 2020, the Clerk's Office intake window is closed to the public.  See Second General Order for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Maryland

  • District of Maryland: Effective March 20, 2020, all filing deadlines now set to fall between March 16, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are extended by 42 days.  All bankruptcy hearings scheduled from March 16, 2020 through April 24, 2020 are continued with exceptions on a case-by-case basis.  Individuals may not enter the courthouse if they: (1) travelled to or reside in designated high risk areas in the prior 14 days or were in contact with such persons; (2) were asked to self-quarantine; or (3) were diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have had contact with such people.  The requirement that all petitions, lists, schedules, statements, and amendments thereto must be "verified" in Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1008 are met, and the documents may be electronically filed, if the debtor’s attorney either obtains the original physical signature or files electronically certifying the debtor signed and the attorney received an electronic image of the signature.  The requirements in the Local Bankruptcy Rules of obtaining, maintaining or producing an "original signature," and the requirement of a "signature" in 28 U.S.C. §1746, are met in a similar fashion, and a petition or plan filed in this manner are deemed signed.  See administrative orders 20-02, 20-4 and 20-05 for further information. The court has issued an order addressing certain deadlines relating to meeting of creditors under 11 U.S.C. § 341. See U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-06. Delivery by any method of courtesy copies of case filings temporarily suspended. See U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-08.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Massachusetts

  • District of Massachusetts: All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued or set telephonically.  The court temporarily permits debtors to electronically sign all documents.  Individuals may not enter the courthouse if they: (1) traveled in the past 14 days to high risk countries or have been in contact with them; (2) were asked to self-quarantine; (3) were diagnosed with COVID-19 and those in contact with them; (4) have symptoms consistent with the disease. Pro se parties may file documents: (a) by e-mail, with the appropriate document or documents attached in PDF format; (b) over the counter at the Clerk’s Offices in Boston, Worcester or Springfield; (c) by facsimile; (d) by U.S. Mail; (e) through physical deposit in the depositary boxes located in the lobby of the Clerk's Offices in Worcester and Springfield; and (f) through any other method expressly authorized in advance by the Clerk of Court.  Effective Monday March 23, the McCormack POCH Building will be closed until April 19 due to minimal tenant use during this time.  The bankruptcy court remains open.  See standing orders 2020-02 and 2020-3.  The court also eased certain procedural requirements imposed upon pro se parties. See amended standing order 2020-3.  Effective March 27, 2020, public access to the clerk's office at the Donohue courthouse in Worcester will be terminated.  See message from the chief judge for more details.  See standing order 2020-4 for details around the extension of certain deadlines related to meetings of § 341 creditors for cases filed between January 17, 2020 through March 12, 2020.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Michigan

  • Eastern district: Effective March 25, 2020, the Detroit bankruptcy courthouse at 211 West Fort Street is closed. The Flint and Bay City bankruptcy courthouses remain open.  See notice for more details.  Individuals may not enter the courthouse if they: (1) traveled in the past 14 days to high risk countries or have been in contact with them; (2) were asked to self-quarantine; (3) were diagnosed with COVID-19 and those in contact with them; or (4) have symptoms consistent with the disease.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued or set telephonically.  Effective March 30, 2020, the continuance of in-person section 341 meetings is extended beyond April 10, 2020 until further notice.  In Chapter 7 cases, section 341 meetings will be held telephonically.  See Notice Regarding Telephonic Chapter 7 § 341 Meetings for details.  Pro se paper filings will be made via drop box rather than person to person contact with staff.  All hearings will be telephonic unless otherwise ordered.  The requirement to obtain original signatures is temporarily suspended.  See administrative order 2020-4 and 2020-05 for more information.
  • Western district: Effective March 24, 2020, access to the clerk's office shall be by appointment only.  However, the court does not consider the clerk's office to be "inaccessible," and therefore will not recognize any deadline extensions based on the office's inaccessibility.  The court also permits electronic filing for all filings upon written request and prior court approval.  See administrative order 2020-2.  Effective March 16, 2020, all section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued or set telephonically.  Effective March 30, 2020, the continuance of in-person section 341 meetings is extended beyond April 10, 2020 until further notice.  In Chapter 7, 12 and 13 cases, section 341 meetings will be held telephonically.  SeeU.S. Trustee's Notice Regarding Telephonic Chapter 7, 12 and 13 341 Meetings  for details.  Judge Gregg shall hold all non-evidentiary hearings, status conferences and pretrial conferences telephonically. Parties should arrange to appear telephonically by contacting at least two (2) days prior to the hearing.  The court strongly encourages parties to consider adjourning all evidentiary hearings and trials by filing a stipulation and uploading a proposed order.  In the event that all parties do not agree to adjourn an evidentiary hearing or trial, any party may file a motion for the same, along with a proposed order.  See notices for details.  The court has not suspended the requirements for "wet signatures" on verified documents before electronically filing them but will address such problems on a case by case basis.  See Notice Regarding Wet Signature Requirement for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Minnesota

  • District of Minnesota: Individuals may not enter the courthouse if they: (1) traveled to China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea within the last 14 days; (2) reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of the above areas within the last 14 days; (3) have been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency; or (4) have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  The court or trustees will consider requests for exceptions or alternative appearances on a case-by-case basis.  Effective March, 19, 2020, the lobbies of the Clerk's Offices will be closed to the public.   All judges except Judge Kathleen Sanberg will handle hearings, trials, continuances and requests for telephonic appearances on a case-by-case-basis.  Judge Sanberg will hold ALL hearings telephonically, effective March 19, 2020.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued to a later date.  Effective March 23, 2020, orders on partial case filing and orders on partial conversion will require filing of the completion within 30 days rather than 14 days.  The requirement that an attorney secure the debtor's original, physical signature prior to electronically filing certain documents is suspended as long as certain conditions are met.  See notices for additional information.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Mississippi

  • Northern district: All live docket calls are suspended, and access to the courthouse is limited.  The court is "investigating" telephonic docket calls and states that it will consider in-person hearings for good cause.  See online notice for details.  All in-person chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  Effective March 30, 2020, section 341 meetings will be held by telephone.  See U.S. Trustee Temporary Emergency Procedures for Conducting Section 341 Meetings for details and procedures.  Effective March 1, 2020, the court temporarily suspended the need for "wet" signatures on bankruptcy petitions, schedules, unsworn declarations, affidavits, verifications, and other documents.  See order for details.
  • Southern district: As of March 13, 2020, attorneys must screen (per a checklist in the Special Order) for COVID-19 risk factors related to themselves and any individuals that accompany them to the courthouse.  If an attorney identifies a risk factor, the attorney is required to notify chambers (or the Trustee for Meetings of Creditors) at least 24 hours before the scheduled proceeding (or Meeting of Creditors).  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued to a later date.  Effective March 30, 2020, section 341 meetings will be held by telephone.  See U.S. Trustee Temporary Emergency Procedures for Conducting Section 341 Meetings for details and procedures.  Notice regarding hearings: Beginning March 23, 2020, and until further notice, all hearings will be conducted telephonically with specific instructions unless ordered otherwise.  See notices for additional details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Missouri

  • Eastern district: Effective March 13, 2020, individuals may not enter the courthouse if they: (1) traveled in the past 14 days to any foreign country and those who have been in contact with them; (2) were asked to self-quarantine; (3) were diagnosed with COVID-19 and those in contact with them; or (4) have symptoms consistent with the disease. Any counsel may appear for hearings telephonically until further notice.  See order regarding COVID-19 for more information.  Effective March 23, 2020, public access to the courthouse is limited to the main lobby on the first floor, except for required in-person hearings or by other authorization.  See notice for details.   The public service counter at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse will be closed until further notice. See notice and updated notice for details.  Section 341 meetings of creditors are proceeding telephonically.  See  Amended Notice from the U.S. Trustee
  • Western district:  All bankruptcy hearings and trials through May 3, 2020 will be conducted telephonically or continued. See general order for more details. Effective March 24, 2020, all public windows are open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Any filings placed outside those hours must be placed in the drop box.  See office hours notice for more information.  Effective March 24, 2020, meetings of creditors will be conducted telephonically.  See amended noticeAs of March 17, 2020, all participants in MAP mediations on or before April 14, 2020, may attend by phone, videoconference or other similar means.  The participant must be present in the mediation at all times.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Montana

  • District of Montana The federal courthouses in the District of Montana are closed.  However, individual judges may continue to hold in-person hearings as they deem appropriate on a case by case basis.  See Administrative Order 210-17 .  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued or conducted telephonically.  Effective March 30, 2020, all new section 341 meetingsw will be scheduled telephonically.  See General Order 2020-5-BPH for details.  The court directed attorneys to confer regarding all scheduled hearings before April 10 to determine the hearing necessity then request continuances as appropriate.  Telephonic appearances will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.  See general order 2020-4-BPH and administrative order 20-14 for more information.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Nebraska

  • District of Nebraska:  All chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings of creditors that are scheduled through April 10, 2020 for all locations in the District of Nebraska continued until a later date to be determined.   All 341 meetings scheduled after April 1, 2020 will be conducted telephonically until further notice.  See Notice from U.S. Trustee. Parties should plan to go forward with bankruptcy court telephonic hearings, as scheduled.  All parties should plan to appear by phone.  The court will be in touch with counsel to re-schedule any matters that have been scheduled for live testimony.  See general order 2020-05 and general order 2020-06 for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Nevada

  • District of Nevada:    Visitor restrictions imposed.  Hearings requiring live witness testimony are continued until at least April 10.  All hearings before April 10, 2020 will be telephonic.  The court authorized parties/counsel to use Court Call to participate telephonically.  The court authorized parties/counsel to use Court Call to participate telephonically.  The 48 hour prior authorization may be waived by the presiding judge.  Trials cannot be done telephonically unless prior authorization by the bankruptcy judge presiding in the case.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  Absent special circumstances, section 341 meetings may not proceed during this period except through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring personal appearance by debtors.  Appropriate notice will be provided to parties in accordance with bankruptcy law and rules.  See administrative order 2020-05 for more information.   Absent further order, certain deadlines in all cases where the 341 meeting was not concluded prior to March 19, 202 will be extended.  See administrative order 2020-06 for details.  Certain original physical signature requirements are also suspended effective March 25, 2020.  See administrative order 2020-07 for details. The Clerk's office in the Clifton Young Federal Building in Reno will be closed to the public until further order of the Court, and the requirement to deliver courtesy copies under LR 9014(e) is suspended until further order of the court. See administrative order 2020-08.

     

     

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New Hampshire

  • District of New Hampshire: The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire shall remain closed to the public until further notice for in person traffic, but the court shall be deemed always open for the purpose of filing any pleading or other proper paper, issuing and returning process, and filing, making, or entering motions, orders and rules.  All trials and evidentiary hearings will be rescheduled at a later date, after notice and opportunity for hearing. Effective March 16, 2020, participation in all other hearings must be accomplished via telephonic means through (and including) April 17, 2020.  See General Order Regarding COVID-19 and Second General Order for details.  All in person section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined and any meetings of creditors held through April 10, 2020 shall be telephonic. See Notice for details.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

New Jersey

  • District of New Jersey: Both Newark courthouses closed through April 6, 2020.  No one permitted to enter except authorized cleaning personnel.  See standing order for details. All trials scheduled before April 16, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled by the court.  All motions and contested matters will be presumed heard on the papers,  but parties may request oral argument which will be heard telephonically.  Any deadline to object to discharge or to the dischargeability of debt that would otherwise expire prior to April 16, 2020 is extended to 30 days after April 16.  Any deadline under 11 U.S.C. § 707 or 11 U.S.C. § 727 that would otherwise expire prior to April 16, 2020 is extended to 30 days after April 16.  Original signature requirements for counsel under local and national rules are deferred.  See Amended General Order Regarding Court Operations Dated March 27, 2020 for details.  On March 16, 2020, the United States Trustee issued a notice continuing all in-person chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020, with the exception that section 341 meetings could proceed through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring any personal appearances.  Effective March 30, 2020 the suspension of in-person section 341 meetings is extended until further notice.  Section 341 meetings will be held by telephone until further notice.  See Notice for details and procedures. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

New Mexico

  • District of New Mexico: As of March 24, 2020,  parties are encouraged to appear by telephone for non-evidentiary hearings.  However, parties may appear in person if they meet the criteria to enter the courthouse.  The court will deal with the possibility of telephone appearances at evidentiary hearings on a case by case basis. See  March 24, 2020 Note from the Court.   The following people are barred from the courthouse: (1) those with flu-like symptoms developed over the past 14 days, (2) those with any travel outside the USA in the past 30 days, (3) those with any contact with COVID-19 patients.  SeeAdministrative Order 20-MC-04-8  for details.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  See Notice for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

New York

  • Eastern district: All hearings will be held by telephone until further notice.  Please see Judges Procedures During National Emergency (Covid-19)  for each judge's procedure for participating in telephonic hearings.  Effective March 12, 2020, visitor restrictions imposed. See Administrative Order 2020-08.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  See Notice for information.  
  • Northern district: All hearings and conferences will be conducted telephonically except evidentiary hearings and trials may proceed as scheduled.  See administrative order 20-03 for additional information. Clerk's public counter hours restricted to 10:00 to 2:00.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  Section 341 meetings may not proceed during this period except through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring personal appearance by debtors.  See notice.  Procedures for telephonic hearings in the Albany and Syracus divisions posted.  See notice of information for telephonic appearances.
  • Southern district:  All hearings and conferences will be conducted telephonically pending further order from the assigned judge, although any person wishing to appear in person may file the appropriate motion to be considered by the assigned judge.  For evidentiary hearings and trials, parties should contact the bankruptcy judge's courtroom deputy or law clerk to inquire about whether the hearing or trial will proceed.  See  General Order M-543 for details.  All Chapter 13 matters currently scheduled to be heard before Judge Lane on April 1, 2020 are adjourned and the court will reschedule the matters to a later date.  All in-person meetings of creditors scheduled through April 10, 2020 will be continued to a later date and only meetings of creditors by telephone may proceed during this period. See UST Notice re Rescheduling 341 Meetings.   Courthouse entrance limited to (1) persons ordered to appear, (2) debtors, creditors, and their attorneys, unless ordered or authorized by a judge to appear telephonically, who have case-related business before the bankruptcy court, (3) government employees who work in the courthouses and are authorized to appear by their employer, (4) contractors who are authorized to appear by the Office of the Clerk of Court, (5) United States Postal Service mail carriers, private mail carriers and private delivery services.  See General Order M-542 for details.     
  • Western district:  Effective March 24, 2020, unless the presiding judge directs otherwsie, the court will only allow telephonic appearances through April 30, 2020.  Matters scheduled for consideration in Batavia, Mayville, Niagara Falls or Olean will be the subject of separate direction from the court.  See March 24, 2020 Administrative Order for details.  Matters scheduled for April 2, 2020 in Mayville will now be heard telephonically.  See Case Management Order for details.   The Clerk's Office in the Rochester courthouse is closed for in-person service.  Trustees will accomodate all reasonable requests for continuance of section 341 meetings of creditors by any debtor who falls into a "heightened risk" category.  See Notice from the U.S. Trustee for details.  As of March 12, 2020, visitor restrictions imposed.   See March 13, 2020 General Order and Notice  for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

North Carolina

  • Eastern district:  Effective March 27, 2020, courthouses in the Eastern District are closed to the public.  Unless cancelled or continued by the court, all scheduled hearings will conducted telephonically.  The court has provided procedures for pro se debtors without access to CM/ECF to file pleadings.  Trustees are given authority to continue meetings of creditors without motion and order by contacting all attorneys and unrepresented parties.  The court has also provided for modification of the "no protest" method of granting relief and procedures for Chapter 13 cases.  See March 27, 2020 General Order for details.  All section 341 meetings of creditors will be conducted telephonically.  All Chapter 7, 11 and 12 section 341 meetings previously postponed will be rescheduled as noticed by the court and procedures for telephonic appearance are set forth in the 341 Meeting Announcement. Procedures for Chapter 13 section 341 meetings will be announced separately.  Effective March 18, 2020, the court suspended the requirement an attorney obtain and retain original signatures from debtors for electronic filings.  See March 18, 2020 General Order.   Effective March 31, 2020, the deadlines under Bankruptcy Rule 2003(c) for holding § 341 meetings are extended and will be recalculated from the rescheduled first meeting date.  See March 31, 2020 General Order for details     
  • Middle district:  All bankruptcy court hearings shall be held telephonically.  If the court determines that a further evidentiary hearing is required, arrangements will be made during the telephonic hearing.  Public intake counters in the Clerk's Office are closed and procedures for pro se debtors without access to CM/ECF for filing documents are set forth in the  March 26, 2020 Amended General Order.  The March 26, 2020 Amended General Order directs parties to check the court's website for instructions on accessing hearings telephonically. Information on Telephonic Court Hearings   Beginning March 30, 2020, all Chapter 7 section 341 meetings will be held telephonically.  See Chapter 7 341 Meetings of Creditors Policies and Procedures for details.  Beginning April 17, 2020, all Chapter 13 section 341 meetings will be held telephonically.  See Chapter 13 341 Meetings of Creditors Policies and Procedures for details.  Effective March 18, 2020, the court suspends the requirement of Local Rule 500-4(7)(a)(1) to secure a signor's original signature to allow using digital signatures.  For all contested matters direct evidence may be offered by declaration to the extent the declaration contains admissible evidence from a competent witness with personal knowledge.  March 18, 2020 Standing Order.  Certain 341 meeting continuances have been posted.  See the court's website for details. 
  • Western district: As of March 16, 2020, all matters scheduled for hearing between March 16 and March 30 are continued for a minimum of two weeks.  Specific hearing dates are set forth in the  March 16, 2020 General Order.  Emergency or other time-sensitive matters will be handled by special settings.  See March 16, 2020 General Order.  Effective March 26, 2020, the Clerk's Offices are closed to the public and non-electronic filings may be made at the courthouse dropbox or by mail.  See the court's website for more information. https://www.ncwb.uscourts.gov/ .  Effective March 19, 2020, the court suspends the requirement of Local Rule 5005-1 to secure a debtor's original signature to allow using digital signatures.  See order clarifying local rule 5005-1.  Effective March 17, 2020, all section 341 meetings will be conducted by teleconference or videoconference through April 17, 2020.  .  See continuity of operations plan for details.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

North Dakota

  • District of North Dakota: Effective March 20, 2020, the courthouse is closed to the public except for scheduled appointments.  Additional visitor restrictions imposed.  From March 23 through April 3, 2020, all hearings will be conducted telephonically or via video conference.  All other trials and hearings remain as scheduled.  See March 20, 2020 Administrative Order, and March 30, 2020 Administrative Order and the court's website for further details.  All section 341 meetings of creditors in Chapter 7, 12 and 13 cases will be held via telephone or videoconference only.  Debtors and creditors should contact the case trustee for instructions on how to appear. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

 

 

Ohio

  • Northern district: Effective March 23, 2020, all courthouses are closed to the public and non-CM/ECF filers may only file documents by mail or email.  See General Order 20-03 and Clerk's Notice of Temporary Filing Procedures for details.  The court has suspended the requirement of Local Rule 5005-4 to secure a debtor's original signature before an attorney may file the document electronically.  See General Order 20-02.  As of March 17, 2020, all section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  Notice from U.S. Trustee Regarding 341 Meetings
  • Southern district: Effective March 25, 2020, all trials, hearings and conferences scheduled before the court through April 6, 2020 are cancelled, provided that each judge retains the discretion to proceed with any particular matter if otherwise ordered.  See General Order 35-2.  Effective March 19, 2020, the court closed the all intake desks and ordered the clerk to implement a drop box system for conventional filings and payment submissions.  See General Order 36-1.  Effective March 25, 2020, the court suspends the requirement to secure a debtor's original signature before an attorney may file the document electronically provided certain procedures are followed.  See General Order 37-2 for details.  Beginning March 17, 2020, all section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  See notice.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Oklahoma

  • Eastern district: Hearings currently scheduled for April 15, April 16, May 20 and May 21, 2020 will be held by telephone.  Hearing call-in instructions are available here. Notice Regarding Hearings  Beginning March 16, 2020, all jury trials scheduled through April 17, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Attorneys who are unable to appear because of these restrictions should contact the bankruptcy clerk's office.  See General Order 20-5 and General Order 20-6 for details.  All 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  All section 341 meetings shall be by telephone or other means not requiring personal appearance. See announcement.  Effective March 30, 2020, the requirement for obtaining original signatures from debtors for electronic filings is temporarily suspended. See General Order NO 20-15 for details.    
  • Northern district: As of March 13, 2020, all hearings before Judge Michael shall be held telephonically until further notice.  See notice.  For information regarding the status of meetings of creditors, parties should contact the trustee assigned to the case.  The "wet signature" requirement is suspended until further notice. See General Order 20-GO-02 for details. 
  • Western district: Effective March 18, 2020, all hearings scheduled through April 16, 2020 will be conducted telephonically.  Matters requiring evidentiary presentations will be continued at the court's discretion to be reset at a later date.  See General Order 20-6 and Amended General Order 20-6.  The intake counter at the Clerk's Office is closed and non-CM/ECF users may file documents via dropbox or mail. Public Notice of Dropbox Procedures  Effective March 26, 2020, the court has suspended the requirement that original signatures be obtained on documents requiring them before they are electronically filed, provided certain procedures are followed.  See  General Order 20-07 for details. Beginning March 16, 2020, visitor restrictions imposed.  Attorneys who are unable to appear because of these restrictions should contact the bankruptcy clerk's office.  See District Court General Order 20-7.  Effective March 16, 2020, all 341 meetings through April 16, 2020 are suspended, along with all deadlines triggered by section 341.  See General Order 20-5.  For cases filed after March 24, 2020, section 341 meetings of creditors will be held telephonically.  See Amended General Order 20-5

Last updated March 31, 2020

Oregon

  • District of Oregon: The is requiring participation by telephone for all hearings.  For evidentiary hearings and trials, the court will consider written requests for accomodations or postponements on a case-by-case basis.  At the judge's discretion, the court may hold some evidentiary hearings in person.  See Court Operations During Covid-19 Outbreak for details.  Effective March 30, 2020, the Clerk's Office in Eugene is closed until further notice and filings may be made by dropbox or mail.  The Clerk's Office in Portland will continue to provide limited services.  See Court Operations During Covid-19 Outbreak for details.  Effective March 27, 2020, parties without an attorney are encouraged to file documents via the Public Document Upload system, fax, mail, or drop boxes. See General Order 20-3 for more details.  Effective March 19, 2020, the court suspends the requirement an attorney obtain an original signature from a debtor before filing certain documents electronically.  See General Order 20-2.  Effective March 16, 2020, all section 341 meetings originally scheduled to be held March 17 through March 27 will be rescheduled at a later date.  Meetings scheduled to be held March 30 through April 10 will remain at the scheduled date and time, but will be held by telephone.  See Court Operations During Covid-19 Outbreak for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Pennsylvania

  • Eastern district: Effective March 20, 2020, the court suspends the requirement of local rule 5005-7(b) that a filing secure the signor's original signature prior to filing certain documents electronically.  See standing order M-20-3006.  Effective March 20, 2002, the clerk's office in Reading will be closed until further notice.  Paper filings can be mailed to the Philadelphia clerk's office.  Visitor restrictions imposed for the Philadelphia office.  See standing order M-20-3005.  Beginning March 16, 2020, all court appearances at hearings shall be made telephonically unless otherwise authorized by the presiding judge.  All 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined. Certain deadlines are extended until May 18, 2020. See standing order M-20-3003 and standing order M-20-3004 for details.  In-person section 341 meetings are suspended until further notice. See notice for details. 
  • Middle district: The Scranton and Wilkes-Barre offices are closed effective immediately.  See General Order 20-04. Beginning March 18, 2020, all court appearances shall be conducted telephonically unless expressly directed otherwise by the presiding judge.  All evidentiary hearings and trials currently scheduled to occur through April 17, 2020 are continued for a period of 28 days.  See order.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See announcement.  Effective March 16, 2020, all section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  See notice
  • Western district: Beginning March 13, 2020, all appearances at hearings shall be made telephonically unless directed otherwise by the presiding judge.  See standing order 20-204.  Effective March 24, 2020, the clerk's office is closed until further notice.  Alternative temporary filing procedures for pro se parties are available.  See Standing Order 20-206 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Rhode Island

  • District of Rhode Island: Effective March 17, 2020, all trials and evidentiary hearings scheduled to commence through April 17, 2020 are continued.  All other hearings and conferences will take place as scheduled, except that participation will be telephonic.  See general order 20-002.  All section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  See announcementBankruptcy Judge Diane Finkle has entered General Order 20-006 temporarily suspending specified local rules delegating service of court notices, orders and other documents to parties due to COVID 19 Virus pandemic.

     

Last updated March 31, 2020

South Carolina

  • District of South Carolina: Beginning March 20, 2020, the court will allow self-represented debtors to file documents electronically via email.  See operating order 20-05.  Beginning March 17, 2020, all deadlines remain in full force and effect unless altered by order of any presiding judge.  Unless otherwise ordered or arranged by the presiding judge, all parties should anticipate that hearings scheduled before the court for an in-court appearance through April 30, 2020 may be conducted by phone or videoconference.  Pursuant to operating order 20-04 dated March 18, 2020, the court suspends the requirement an attorney secure the debtor's original, physical signature prior to electronically filing such document.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Attorneys who are unable to appear because of these restrictions should contact chambers directly.  See operating order 20-03 and operating order 20-04 details. All in-person section 341 meetings are continued and may not proceed unless by telephone or other means not requiring personal appearance. See UST 341 Notice for details. 

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South Dakota

  • District of South Dakota: Beginning March 13, 2020, visitor restrictions imposed.  Attorneys who are unable to appear because of these restrictions should contact the bankruptcy clerk's office.  See standing order 20-02.  Effective March 16, 2020, all section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are continued until a later date to be determined.  See announcement. All non-evidentiary hearings will be telephonic and evidentiary hearings limited to emergency matters. See Judge Nail Letter for details. 

Last updated March 31 ,2020

Tennessee

  • Eastern district: Beginning March 16, 2020, all scheduled hearings will be conducted telephonically unless the parties or their counsel arrange otherwise with the court or the court orders otherwise.  The court also continued all section 341 creditor meetings between March 18 and April 10 for a later date. Visitor restrictions imposed.  The court directed the Marshal's service to screen individuals entering the courthouse to ensure compliance.  See courthouse entry restrictions and COVID-19 court operations notice.  The requirements in E.D. Tenn. L.B.R. 5005-(4)(h)(2) and (3) with regard to actual handwritten signatures temporarily responded.  See general order for deatils.  Effective March 27, 2020 interim bankruptcy procedures are available for parties not represented by an attorney.  See General Order 2020-07 for details.
  • Middle district: Beginning March 16, 2020, the court cancelled all in-person hearings until further notice in favor of telephonic or video conference appearances.  The court also waived all continuance limits under the bankruptcy rules.  See administrative orders 20-4 and 20-5. See court website for information regarding specific judges.   All continued § 341 meetings of creditors for Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases will be held telephonically or online.  See notice for details.  Chapter 13 debtors are expected to continue to make payments.  See notice for details.   
  • Western district: Jackson federal courthouse closed to the public and will remain closed pending further order of the court.  See administrative order no. 2020-14 for details.  Effective March 17, 2020, the court suspended all in-person hearings until further notice in favor of telephonic or video appearances.  The court stated judges should freely grant continuances to accommodate needed deadlines and the need for in-person evidentiary hearings should be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The court similarly excused debtors from attending section 341 meetings in person and permitted trustees and other interested persons to examine the debtor by written, telephonic or video examination rather than in person.  See general orders 20-001 and 20-002.  Effective March 31, 2020, the requirement for obtaining original signatures from debtors for electronic filings is temporarily suspended.  See general order 20-0003 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Texas

  • Eastern district: All matters scheduled for hearing or trial on or before May 15, 2020 are continued to a date to be determined beyond May 15, 2020 subject to the "voluntary submission of consensual resolutions of pending matters" set forth in general order 2020-3.  Certain statutory deadlines and deadlines set forth in the Federal Rulse of Bankruptyc Procedure extended.  The court also suspended the "wet signature" requirement. See general order 20-3 for details. 
  • Northern district: On March 16, 2020, the court ordered all parties to consider whether to continue by agreement all hearings and trials set before May 1, 2020.  The court stated it would limit attendance for all hearings or trials set before May 1, 2020 which could not be for good cause continued.  The court will consider emergency requests on a case-by-case basis.  The court further continued all motions to modify the automatic stay set for hearing before May 1 in favor of:  (1) agreements between the parties;  (2) withdrawal of the motion; or  (3) rulings on the pleadings and affidavits.  Individual judges expanded telephonic appearances and encouraged parties and counsel to request remote appearances liberally.  Divisional offices will remain open.  On March 18, 2020, the court continued all section 341 meetings through April 10 absent special circumstances or remote attendance.  See general order 2020-05 and announcement for details.  The court also suspended its “wet signature” requirement.  See general order 2020-07 for details. 
  • Southern district:  Effective March 26, 2020, the court invoked the Protocol for Emergency Public Health or Safety Conditions contained in General Order 2020-4 .  See Amended General Order 2020-10.  The Protocol requires all hearings to be conducted electronically, provides for the tolling of certain court imposed deadlines, provides for electronic section 341 meetings, as well as other requirements.  See General Order 2020-4 for details.   The trustee continued all section 341 meetings through April 10, 2020 absent special circumstances or remote appearances.  The court then temporarily authorized reduced chapter 13 payment plans and electrionc signatures.  See standing orders 2020-04, 2020-05, 2020-06, 2020-07, and 2020-08.  Effective March 24, 2020, the court temporarily authorized alternative means to in person meeting requirement.  See order 2020-09 for details. 
  • Western district: The court continued all section 341 meetings set before April 10, 2020 absent special circumstances or remote attendance.  Beginning March 23, 2020, all courts will conduct all proceedings telephonically absent specific, contrary order by the court.  See order 20-02.  The court also entered an interim standing order authorizing electronic signatures as an alterantive to "wet" signatures.  See order 20-3 for details.  Time for chapter 13 plan confirmation hearings extended from 45 days to 60 days. See order 20-05 for details.  Alternative temporary filing procedures for pro se parties are available.  See order 20-04 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Utah

  • District of Utah: Beginning March 12, 2020, the court ordered all hearings through April 13, 2020 shall be conducted by telephone. On March 16, 2020, the trustee continued all chapter 7 and 11 section 341 creditor meetings through April 13, 2020.  All chapter 13 section 341 meetings scheduled before April 13, 2020 will be conducted by video.  No one should appear in person.  See general order 20-002 and notice for details.  

Last updated March 31, 2020

Vermont

  • District of Vermont: Beginning March 16, 2020, all scheduled hearings and conferences will be conducted telephonically absent contrary order from the court.  Any hearing or trial requiring evidence presentation will be continued absent permission from the court.  See order 20-09.  On March 24, 2020, the court also enlarged certain time periods, extended certain deadlnies, and reset section 341 meetings in pending and future bankruptcy case.  See misc. proceeding 20-101 for details.   The Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Offices are closed to the public.  Effective March 25, 2020, further limitations were placed on court operations and availability.  See General Order #87 for details.  Effective March 30, 2020, the use of video and telephone conferencing was approved for bankruptcy hearings.  See General Order #88 for details.

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Virginia

  • Eastern district:  On March 13, 2020 the Richmond and Alexandria divisions issued separate protocols regarding COVID-19 which supersede all federal and local court rules and orders.  The protocols did not require any action by parties or counsel but encouraged them to make liberal use of the court's telephonic and videoconference technologies.  On March 19, 2020 the Norfolk and Newport News division issued an order continuing or cancelling all hearings except certain contested and/or critical motions.  The Norfolk and Newport News division ordered all hearings to occur via teleconference unless otherwise ordered on a case-by-case basis.  The court as a whole also extended all deadlines which fall before March 31 for at least 14 days and waived the requirement for original debtor signatures.  The trustee temporarily suspended all section 341 creditor meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020 to a date to be determined.  Seeorder 20-7, order 20-6, general order 20-2 (Richmond), Alexandria standing order and standing order 20-1 (Norfolk and Newport News). Effective March 30, 2020, the public areas of the bankrutpcy clerk's office are closed. See standing order 20-10. The court established new protocols for pro se debtors. See standing order 20-09.  Effective March 31, 2020, the deadline for payment of certain filing fees and first payments are extended from the original due date. See Standing Order 20-13 for details.  Effective March 31, 2020, a second order was issued that temporarily extends certain bankruptcy deadlines. See Standing Order 20-12 for details.  Effective March 31, 2020, Chapter 11 cases in Richmond Division are excepted to standing order 20-12. See Richmond General Order 20-3 for details.  See notice for more court information.
  • Western district: On March 24, 2020 the court continued all in-person bankruptcy proceedings scheduled before May 1 with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.  The bankruptcy judges also stated a preference toward telephonic or video appearances with permission from the presiding judge.  On March 17, 2020 Judge Paul Black ordered all hearings before March 31, 2020 to proceeding telephonically or by videoconferencing without exception.  Beginning March 18, 2020 the court waived all requirements for a debtor's original signature in application documents.  The trustee continued all section 341 meetings until April 10, 2020.  See standing order regarding the coronavirus, Judge Black's standing order, standing order regarding signatures, and amended standing order 2020-5 for more information. Check court's website for daily information on Judge Connelly's hearings.   Effective March 25, 2020, pro se parties are temporarily permitted to electronically file documents. See standing order 20-4 for details. Effective March 30, 2020, the clerk's office intake is closed but drop boxes are available.  See standing order 2020-9 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Washington

  • Eastern district: Beginning March 18, 2020 the court cancelled all in-person hearings indefinitely.  All hearings will be conducted telephonically or via video.  Section 341 hearings originally scheduled for the week of March 16 are continued to the week of March 30 and will be held telephonically. All other meetings will be held on the date originally scheduled but will proceed telephonically. See Meeting of Creditors Update for detals.  Effective March 25, 2020, the court's physical facilities in Spokane and Yakima are closed. See notice for details. 
  • Western district: Effective March 16, 2020, no in-person assistance is available at the clerk's office and cash will no longer be accepted.  On March 17, 2020, the court closed the courthouse to the general public in favor of telephonic appearances.  See general order 02-2020 for additional information.  On March 24, 2020 the court issued general order 2020-3 clarifying telephonic hearings procedures and original signature requirements.  Parties may attend Thomas T Glover mediations telephonically or by videoconference. See general order 2020-4

Last updated March 31, 2020

West Virginia

  • Northern district: Beginning March 17, 2020, the trustee continued all in-person section 341 meetings through April 10, 2020.  Effective March 23, 2020, all in-person court appearances are suspended until further notice or unless specifically directed otherwise.  All trials and evidentiary hearings will be rescheduled as necessary.  The court will convene all non-evidentiary hearings by telephone.  Parties seeking a continuance of any scheduled matter shall file a written motion with the court.  See announcement for more information.  Effective March 24, 2020, all 341 meetings will be conducted telephonically. See announcement for more information.
  • Southern district: As of March 20, 2020 all courthouses except for Charleston are closed to the public.  All bankruptcy matters will be conducted telephonically absent extraordinary circumstances and prior court approval.  The parties should move to continue any evidentiary hearings not approved for an in-person hearing.  On March 17, 2020 the court extended all deadlines for the trustee to move to dismiss, an interested party to object to discharge and an interested party to obtain a dischargeability determination to 60 days.  Beginning on March 18, 2020 the trustee continued all section 341 meetings through April 10, 2020.  See general orders 20-02 and 20-03. The US Trustee has established new procedures for telephonic section 341 meetings. See notice for details. 

Last updated March 31, 2020

Wisconsin

  • Eastern district: Beginning March 17, 2020 the court will conduct all hearings telephonically absent specific order to the contrary.  All testimony may be taken by telephone or video.  Any hearing which cannot be reduced to telephone or video or not time sensitive will be continued until after May 1, 2020.  The court's pro se assistance desk will be closed indefinitely.  See general order regarding coronavirus for more information.  Effective March 23, 2020, through and including at least May 1, 2020, the courthouse in Milwaukee is closed to the public.  Pro se debtors may file by e-mail.  See general order re filing by e-mail for details.  Please see notice regarding temporary emergency procedures for conducting § 341 meetings.

     

  • Western district: On March 13, 2020 the trustees agreed to make reasonable accommodations for debtors who:  (1) exhibit flu-like symptoms;  (2) was diagnosed with COVID-19; (3) is within a high-risk group defined by the CDC;  (4) recently travelled to a county identified by the CDC as affected by widespread COVID-19; or (5) are uncomfortable attending a public meeting due to COVID-19.  On March 16, 2020 the trustees instructed all debtors and their attorneys to attend section 341 meetings telephonically through April 30, 2020.  As of March 19, 2020, the court remains open to the public, subject to visitor limitations.  Paper documents will not be accepted in-person and can be filed using the dropbox in the courthouse lobby.  Effective March 24, 2020, all 341 meetings will be conducted telephonically. See announcement for more information. "Wet signature" requirements are suspended until May 1, 2020. See general order 2020-3 for details.  The clerk’s office in both Madison and Eau Claire are closed to the public. Effective March 27, 2020, requests for refund checks or fees will be paid electronically when possible. See general order 2020-2 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Wyoming

Last updated March 31, 2020

Washington, D.C.

  • District of Columbia:  The court indefinitely postponed all bankruptcy proceedings scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 unless the presiding judge of the case orders otherwise.  In person access to the clerk's office is restricted. See standing order no. 20-9 for details.  Entry to the courthouse is restricted to court staff and visitors with official court business.  Notice re Restricted Access to Courthouse

Last updated March 31, 2020

Puerto Rico

  • District of Puerto Rico: Court closed the public from March 16 to March 30, 2020.  All hearings scheduled during this two-week period are continued.  Court staff will be working remotely.  See general order 20-03. Effective March 20, 2020, through April 13, 2020 the court suspends the requirement an attorney obtain a debtor's original signature before filing certain documents electronically.  See general order 20-04.  The automatic stay in the scheduled 362 hearings will remain in full force and effect.  All periods set by statutes of limitations applicable to causes of action, cases and proceedings filed, or to be filed in this court, are extended until April 13, 2020. The intake area for the bankruptcy clerk's office will be closed until April 15, 2020. Status of hearings scheduled during this period will be notified on a case by case basis. See notice 20-08 for details.   Effective March 26, 2020, the deadlines under Bankruptcy Rule 2003(c) for holding § 341 meetings are extended and will be recalculated from the rescheduled first meeting date.  See general order 20-05 for details.

Last updated March 31, 2020

Guam

Last updated March 31, 2020