COURT OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following all recommended guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health.The Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland have issued orders limiting operations, suspending various proceedings, and extending certain deadlines.
Courthouse Operations / Emergency Matters
Effective November 16, 2020, all in-court hearings and proceedings are suspended, and the Courthouses are closed to the general public with limited exceptions described below. Bankruptcy hearings continue to be held as scheduled via ZoomGov.
Public Intake Open -- 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. Click here to make an appointment.
The Clerk’s Office also remains open to the public through telephone access and the drop boxes located in the lobby of each courthouse. Drop box hours are 9:00 a.m. until midnight in Baltimore and 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Greenbelt. CM/ECF will continue to be available for electronic filings. Any emergency matters, including first day motions as necessary, should be filed consistent with past practice and brought to the attention of the courtroom deputy for the presiding judge or the clerk of court.
As of August 28, 2020, all of the previously extended “filing deadlines” between March 16, 2020 and June 5, 2020 had expired. Please refer to the Court’s Current Operational Status summarizes these prior filing deadline extensions as well as the return to regular “filing deadlines” and the orders below contain additional relevant information:
Additional Operational Information / Orders
For more complete information on the Court’s operations during the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to the following links:
- Virtual Hearings Access Information and Resources
- USDC Standing Order 2021-01 Extending USDC Standing Order 20-20 Through February 26, 2021
- USDC Standing Order 2020-20 Reduction in Phasing
- Current Operational Status of Bankruptcy Court (as of November16, 2020)
- Information for Parties Without an Attorney
- Administrative Orders / Standing Orders
- Notices Regarding 341 Meetings of Creditors
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-16
Rescinding Administrative Order 20-19.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-15
Rescinding Administrative Order 20-10.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-14
Rescinding Administrative Order 20-08 and Administrative Order 20-04.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-13
Authorizing as presumptively reasonable certain attorneys’ fees in Chapter 13 cases related to work necessitated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, as a supplement to Appendix F of the Local Bankruptcy Rules.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-12
Authorizing implementation of the pilot Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS).
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-10
Addressing the modification of confirmed plans pursuant to the CARES Act and expedited treatment of Chapter 13 motions to suspend plan payments or to vacate wage orders.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-09
Setting deadlines for certain motions and applications.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-08
Addressing the temporary suspension of courtesy copy deliveries.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-07
Addressing the prohibition against recording telephonic or video hearings.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-06
Addressing certain deadlines related to meetings of creditors under 11 U.S.C. Section 341.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-05
Addressing signatures on electronic filings.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-04
Addressing Greenbelt Division operations.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Administrative Order 20-02
Addressing COVID-19 related operational changes.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Memorandum
Addressing the continuation of hearings/extension of filing deadlines in USDC Standing Order 2020-05.
U.S. District Court