- March 23, 2022The Honorable Thomas J. Catliota Announces His Intention to Retire Effective October 3, 2022
Chief Judge Thomas J. Catliota has informed the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that he will retire from his position as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland on October 3, 2022, after 16 and a half years of outstanding service to the Court. The Court congratulates Chief Judge Catliota on the occasion of this announcement, and thanks him both for his long-term, dedicated service as one of the Court’s Judges and also for his extraordinary leadership as Chief Judge immediately following the sudden passing of beloved Judge Wendelin I. Lipp and then, just a couple of months thereafter, during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.
- March 9, 2022Dollar Amount Adjustments in Bankruptcy Cases – Effective April 1, 2022
Adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision of Title 28 of the United States Code will go into effect on April 1, 2022, for cases filed on or after that date. The adjustments’ timing and calculation are codified in 11 U.S.C. § 104. A chart showing the affected sections, including the current and adjusted dollar amounts, can be found here. Seven Official Bankruptcy Forms and two Director’s Forms also contain references to several of the affected dollar amounts. The revised forms, available here, will be effective on April 1, 2022 and will apply to cases filed on or after that date.
- February 10, 2022Appointment of Chapter 13 Trustee in Baltimore
The Office of the United States Trustee has announced that Brian A. Tucci has been appointed as a Chapter 13 Standing Trustee in Baltimore. Please click here to view the announcement.
- February 1, 2022The Honorable David E. Rice Selected as Chief Judge Effective April 30, 2022
The United States District Court has designated the Honorable David E. Rice to serve as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court, effective April 30, 2022. Please click here to view the announcement.
- January 6, 2022New Video for Unrepresented Parties Featuring Bankruptcy Judge Duncan W. Keir
The Court has completed a video aimed at unrepresented parties, titled “Filing Bankruptcy Without an Attorney: What You Need to Know!”, and available by clicking here. This short video features retired Bankruptcy Judge Duncan W. Keir, and is highly recommended viewing for anyone considering filing bankruptcy without legal representation. It provides crucial information on the dangers of proceeding unrepresented, low cost and no cost attorney options, the Debtor Assistance Project, and additional resources available on the Don’t Have a Lawyer page of the Court’s website.
- November 23, 2021Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules/Forms and Local Bankruptcy Rules – Effective December 1, 2021
Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 2005, 3007, 7007.1, and 9036 and Official Form 122B (Chapter 11 Statement of Current Monthly Income) are effective December 1, 2021. The text of the amended rules/form and accompanying committee notes can be viewed here. In addition, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved new Local Bankruptcy Rules 1002-2, 1002-3, 3011-1, and 7007-1, amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules 1009-1, 3007-1, 5001-2, and 5005-1, and deletion of Local Bankruptcy Rules 1007-3 and 2081-1 effective December 1, 2021. Further, based on the amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules 1002-3 and 5005-1, Administrative Orders 21-03 and 03-02 will be rescinded as unnecessary effective December 1, 2021. To view the Administrative Order implementing the amendments, a summary of the changes, and a redlined copy of the amended local rules, please click here.
- November 2, 2021Small Business Reorganization Act – Revised Example Plan Report and Updated Example Scheduling Orders
- September 15, 2021Notice of Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved for publication and public comment amendments to the Court’s Local Bankruptcy Rules. Please click here for a summary of the proposed changes, a redline copy of the amendments, and instructions on how to submit comments. Comments on the proposed revised rules should be submitted on or before November 1, 2021. If adopted, the amended Local Bankruptcy Rules will go into effect on December 1, 2021.
- September 2, 2021Amended Complex Chapter 11 Case Procedures
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has amended its Complex Chapter 11 Case Procedures. To view the Administrative Order implementing the amendments, please click here.
- August 26, 2021Court Vaccination Policy
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has issued Standing Order 2021-10 regarding its COVID-19 vaccination policy. Effective September 8, 2021, all persons entering U.S. Courthouses in this District, except for criminal defendants, sitting and prospective Grand and Petit Jurors, and lay witnesses in criminal cases, must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus unless granted a medical or religious exemption. On an interim basis, persons seeking to enter a Courthouse who are unvaccinated, or who are not fully vaccinated, may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours prior to seeking entry. Please review Standing Order 2021-10 for more information and details.