The Local Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Maryland have been updated.
The Judicial Conference Policy was recently changed to restrict access to documents filed in any case opened prior to December 1, 2003 that has been closed for more than a year. The docket report can still be viewed however, access to documents is restricted and only individual case participants can see them or they can be viewed from the public terminal computers in the Courthouses. For more information on closed cases or copies of documents, please click here.
341 Meeting of Creditors Notice
Currently, debtors’ attorneys who are CM/ECF filers receive 341 notices by notice of electronic filing (NEF) with the debtor’s redacted Social Security number (SSN) and via the USPS through the BNC with the debtor’s full SSN. But, effective Monday, June 6, 2011, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) will begin sending the debtor’s attorney an email containing a secure hyperlink to the unredacted 341 notice in place of printing and sending the notice via the USPS. Please click here for more information.
Writs and Sealed Documents
The Writ Requested event can now be docketed electronically and it will be restricted until the criteria for removing the restriction has been met. Also, documents can be filed electronically with the Motion to Seal and they will be restricted until the motion is ruled upon. If granted, the requested document will remain under seal. Please see our CM/ECF user manual and search for either Writ or Sealed for more information.
A new type of user is available in CM/ECF called a filing agent. An attorney may now add one or more filing agents to their user account so that when the agent files on behalf of the trustee/attorney, the docket text shows the attorney’s name as the filer. If you currently have a secondary login account denoted by a ^ in the user name, we will be contacted you separately to convert those ^ accounts to filing agents. For more information, please see our CM/ECF user manual and search for Filing Agent.
December 14, 2010
Effective December 13th we began mailing out a notice to debtors in all new consumer bankruptcy cases under chapters 7, 12 and 13. It will be sent at the same time the 341 meeting of creditors is sent. Click here to see this notice.
November 12, 2010
The Court has entered three new administrative orders that are listed on the registry of Administrative Orders. Administrative Order 10-01, requiring the addition of the IRS to the mailing matrix of every Chapter 13 case; 10-02, instituting Local Bankruptcy Rule amendments regarding Motions to Avoid Liens and amended pleadings; and 10-03 adopting amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007-1.
October 19, 2010
- The Court will be live on CM/ECF release 4 on September 12th. Be sure you are using the most recent version of case preparation software. Please review this document that describes the changes.
Please read our notice to customers paying by check.
April 28, 2010
EPA Fee Schedule Update - On March 16, 2010, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved an adjustment to the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule so that users are not billed unless they accrue charges of more than $10 of PACER usage in a quarterly billing cycle, in effect quadrupling the amount of data available without charge. Previously, users were not billed until their accounts total at least $10 in a one-year period. Click here, to view a copy of the latest fee schedule.
March 3, 2009
April 1, 2007
Automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision of Title 28 of the U.S. Code become effective. The amended dollar amounts will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2007. Click here for a full description of the changes.
The Maryland Bankruptcy Court has new forms available in a fill-in format on our web site as of Monday April 2nd. Please contact your Bankruptcy Petition Preparation vendor to ensure you have the latest software version that incorporates these changes.
The newest edition of "The Legal Eagle", our court's newsletter, is now available!
March 7, 2007
Please click here for Public Notice - Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Duncan W. Keir
November 29, 2006
Notice of change of pretrial conference procedures in adversary proceedings/contested matters before Judge Mannes: If parties file R. 26(f) reports at least two (2) weeks before the scheduled pretrial conference hearing date, Judge Mannes will consider allowing the parties to appear by telephone. A similar procedure will be used in contested matters where status conferences are set. You will be advised by chambers, if you may appear by telephone.
November 3, 2006
New Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Options are available through the E-mail Link Service
December 21, 2006
Please click here for a list of fees that change effective January 1, 2007.
December 1, 2006
Please click here for a listing of Federal Rule Amendments (including Bankruptcy rules 1009, 5005, 7004).
September 29, 2006
Administrative Order 05-04 is amended to include the new language of interim FRBP 1007 and the new exhibit D of the petition regarding the credit counseling certificate. Administrative Order 06-04 is also effective on October 1, 2006, that adopts interim FRBP 1007 (attached at the end of the Administrative Order).
July 21, 2006
Effective July 1, 2006 one new and two amended Administrative Orders go into effect. Please click the links below.
Administrative Order 06-03, Providing to the Trustee a Copy of the Federal Income Tax Return
- Administrative Order 05-04 Changes to Local Bankruptcy Rules and Procedures is amended. (LBR 1002-(a)(8) is amended to: 1) allow the debtor to check the block on the petition stating that the debtor has received approved budget and credit counseling; and 2) further refines procedures for providing the payment advices to the trustee.
- Administrative Order 04-01 Directing the Electronic filing of pleadings by attorneys is amended. (Requests for writs in aid of collection or recovery of property must be filed in paper form.)
July 19, 2006
All open and future Chapter 7 and 13 cases filed in the eastern shore counties (Salisbury) are assigned to Judge Keir. Judge Derby will continue to hear those cases in Salisbury.
June 15, 2006
Click here to see questions and answers from The Best Practices Forum held on April 5 and 6, 2006.
June 26, 2006
Judge Derby's odd numbered cases were administratively transferred to Judge Gordon except for Salisbury cases that will remain with Judge Derby. Cases 02-67584 (Baltimore Emergency Services and related cases) and 01-64463 (Railworks and related cases) were transferred to Judge Schneider.
May 14, 2006
Aall of Judge Derby's even numbered cases were administratively transferred to Judge Alquist with these exceptions: Case 02-67584 (Baltimore Emergency Services and related cases), 02-54152 (Porter-Hayden and related cases), 99-61566 and 99-61567 (MPPI Physicians, LLC) and case 01-05155 (Rinn v. Reid et al.) (posted 5/16/06)
April 3, 2006
Click here to see Administrative Orders 06-01 - ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER CONCERNING CHAPTER 13 CASES FILED AFTER OCTOBER 17, 2005
Click here to see Administrative Order 06-02 - ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER CONCERNING RENTAL PAYMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN CASES FILED AFTER OCTOBER 17, 2005, PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. § 362(l)(1)
January 3, 2006
Click here to see the change in Clerk's procedures for the Summons pursuant to Federal Rule 7004. (posted 01/03/06)
September 29, 2005
Click here for a notice of location for hearings for cases from eastern shore counties.
April 20, 2005
Click here for the memo from the Administrative Office of the US Courts on the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, P.L. 109-8, 119 Stat. 23 the President signed on April 20, 2005.
March 1, 2005
Administrative Order 05-01 eliminates paper noticing when it duplicates electronic notices sent through CM/ECF, except for the Notice of Meeting of Creditors.
February 10, 2005
The Amendments to Exhibit B to Administrative Order 03-02 to allow creditors to file reaffirmation agreements on line.
September 28, 2003
New Privacy Rules are effective as of December 1, 2003