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
The Clerk’s office remains open to the public through telephone access and the drop boxes located in each courthouse’s lobby. 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.

Deadlines
“Filing deadlines” that expire between March 16, 2020 and June 5, 2020 have, in most instances, been extended, with certain important exceptions. Please refer to the Court’s Current Operational Status for a summary of the filing deadline extensions as set forth, or explained, in:

Court Locations

Greenbelt
6500 Cherrywood Ln - Greenbelt, MD 20770 - Main Tel: 301-344-8018 map
Baltimore
101 W Lombard St Room 8530 - Baltimore, MD 21201 - Main Tel: 410-962-2688
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Notice of Vacancy, Courtroom Deputy, 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. 

Redesigned PACER Website

The Federal Judiciary has launched a redesigned PACER Website, available at https://pacer.uscourts.gov.  Click here for the News Release.

Fourth Circuit Selects Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland is pleased to announce that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has selected Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark, of Marriottsville, Maryland, to fill the vacancy for United States Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Maryland. The vacancy was created by the untimely passing of Judge Wendelin I. Lipp.

Passing of The Honorable James F. Schneider

It is with great sadness that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland announces that the Honorable James F. Schneider passed away on April 6, 2020 at his residence. Judge Schneider retired from the Bench on May 9, 2017, after more than 35 years of dedicated service to the Court. He was immediately recalled and continued to serve as a recalled Bankruptcy Judge until his passing. Judge Schneider was a tremendous public servant, a highly respected jurist, always kind, and loved by all. A Memorial Service will be conducted virtually on Wednesday, April 15.  Information on how to view that service can be found in the Notice of Judge Schneider’s passing, available here.

Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules – Effective February 19, 2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved amendments to the Court’s Local Bankruptcy Rules effective February 19, 2020.  To view the Administrative Order implementing the amendments, a summary of the changes, and a redlined copy of the amended rules, please click here.

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