- January 8, 2021Greenbelt Division Court Offices Will Be Closed For Inauguration Day
The Greenbelt Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland will be closed for Inauguration Day on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. For purposes of B.R. 9006 and Fed. R. Civ. P. 6, this day will be treated as a "legal holiday" for cases pending in the Greenbelt Division. Electronic filing through CM/ECF will remain available, and paper filings can be made via the drop box located on the first floor of the Baltimore Division at 101 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, or in person by appointment only at the Clerk's Office in the Baltimore Division, located in Room 8530. All inquiries on January 20, 2021 should be directed to the Clerk's Office for the Baltimore Division at (410) 962-2688.
- December 7, 2020Announcing the New and Improved Bankruptcy Court Website
The new and improved Bankruptcy Court website launched on December 7, 2020. This multi-year project substantively overhauled and reorganized the website to be more intuitive and helpful to viewers. It includes improvements to the look and feel of the site with cleaner lines, the use of “mega menus” for easy navigation, greatly improved mobile access, and a host of other improvements, updates and additions. The Court thanks representatives from the Bankruptcy Bar Association and the MSBA’s Consumer Bankruptcy Section for collaborating on the content and design of the new site. Comments or feedback on the new site are appreciated and can be provided here.
- December 1, 2020Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules and Local Bankruptcy Rules – Effective December 1, 2020
Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012, 8013, 8015 and 8021 are effective December 1, 2020. The text of the amended rules and accompanying committee notes can be viewed here. In addition, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules 2002-1(g) and 3003-1 effective December 1, 2020. 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 18, 2020Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark Sworn In as United States Bankruptcy Judge
Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark has been sworn in as the new bankruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. She was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the untimely passing in November 2019 of The Honorable Wendelin I. Lipp. Judge Ruark will sit in the Bankruptcy Court's Greenbelt Division. Click here to read the Announcement.
- November 16, 2020Bankruptcy Court Public Intake Counters – Open by Appointment Only
The Clerk’s Office intake counters for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland are open, by appointment only, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except for federal holidays) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Because of reduced Court operations, walk-ins are not permitted at this time. Click here to make an appointment.
- October 29, 2020Outstanding Debtor Assistance Project and MVLS Volunteers -- 2019/2020
In collaboration with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) Celebrate Pro Bono 2020, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland recognizes and thanks volunteers and supporters for their outstanding pro bono work during 2019 and 2020 (January-September). For more information and to see the recognized Debtor Assistance Project and MVLS volunteers, click here.
- October 29, 2020MVLS Honors Bankruptcy Court with Special Project of the Year Award
On October 28, 2020, at the “Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Ceremony, ” the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) honored the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland with the 2020 award for Special Project of the Year. The award was given for the Court’s efforts to establish the Telephone Debtor Assistance Project (TDAP), and states it is given in recognition of the Court’s “outstanding pro bono commitment to MVLS clients and the support of the launch of the TDAP project.” Additional information on the TDAP is available here.
- October 8, 2020Filing Fee Increase – Effective December 1, 2020
The Judicial Conference approved adjustments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule (28 U.S.C. § 1930) effective December 1, 2020. Filing fees for the most common petitions will be: Chapter 7, $338; Chapter 11, $1,738; Chapter 13, $313. For details on all the bankruptcy fee changes click here.
- August 31, 2020Notice of Vacancy, Case Administrator II, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
Please click here to view the Notice of Vacancy from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.
- July 1, 2020Redesigned PACER Website