Announcements

  • November 23, 2021
    Amendments 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based on the amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules 1002-3 and 5005-1, Administrative Orders 21-03 and 03-02 will be rescinded as unnecessary effective December 1, 2021.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 12, 2021
    Court Offices Will Be Closed on November 25 and November 26, 2021 for Thanksgiving

    The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland will be closed on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26, 2021.  The after-hours drop box for the Greenbelt Division will not be available; however, the after-hours drop box for the Baltimore Division, 101 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 will be available.  Electronic filing through CM/ECF will remain available during this time.

  • November 2, 2021
    Small Business Reorganization Act – Revised Example Plan Report and Updated Example Scheduling Orders

    The Court’s Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) resources webpage, available here, contains various SBRA Materials including an updated example Subchapter V Plan Report, example Subchapter V Initial Scheduling Order, and example Subchapter V Second Scheduling Order.

  • October 6, 2021
    Informational Notice -- Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    If you are a renter having trouble paying your rent or a landlord who has lost rental income due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, help may be available.  To view an Informational Notice from the U.S. Trustee Program on Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, click here.

  • September 21, 2021
    Passing of Chapter 13 Trustee Robert S. Thomas and Appointment of Interim Successor Trustee

    The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland mourns the September 16, 2021 passing of Chapter 13 Trustee Robert Thomas.  Mr. Thomas served as a Chapter 13 Standing Trustee from October 1, 2016 until his passing.  Mr. Thomas was an effective Trustee and well respected by the consumer bankruptcy community.  He cared deeply about the debtors who passed through his office,  understood how the fresh start could be life changing for debtors and brought integrity to every step of the Chapter 13 process.  Assistant U.S. Trustee Gerard R. Vetter has been appointed as the Interim Chapter 13 Trustee effective September 16, 2021.

  • September 15, 2021
    Notice 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 7, 2021
    Notice of Judicial Law Clerk (Term) Vacancy, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

    Click here to view the Judicial Law Clerk Notice of Vacancy for Judge Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark.

  • September 2, 2021
    Amended 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, 2021
    Court 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.

  • August 24, 2021
    Vaccination Policy for Court Employees

    The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has imposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees in the District (District Court, Bankruptcy Court, and Probation/Pretrial).  To view the memorandum from Chief District Court Judge James K. Bredar click here.