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 public intake counters are open, by appointment only, Monday through 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.

Deadlines
As of August 28, 2020, all of the previously extended “filing deadlines” between March 16, 2020 and June 5, 2020 had expired. 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:

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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Amended Bankruptcy Rules and Official Bankruptcy Form -- Effective December 1, 2019

Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 4001, 6007, 9036 and 9037 are effective December 1, 2019. The text of the amended rules and accompanying committee notes can be viewed here. In addition, amended Official Bankruptcy Form 122A1 is effective December 1, 2019. The amended Official Form can be viewed here.

Unclaimed Funds – New Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds and Instructions

Effective December 1, 2019, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland will utilize a new Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds along with new Instructions for filing Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds.  Additional information about unclaimed funds can be found by clicking here

Passing of The Honorable Wendelin I. Lipp

It is with great sadness that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland announces the passing of the Honorable Wendelin I. Lipp. Chief Judge Lipp passed away Tuesday, November 26, peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones.

Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules– Effective December 1, 2019

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved amendments to the Court’s Local Bankruptcy Rules effective December 1, 2019. To view the Administrative Order implementing the amendments, a summary of the changes, and a redlined copy of the amended rules and forms, please click here.

Reappointments of Chief Judge Wendelin I. Lipp and Judge Thomas J. Catliota

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has reappointed Chief Judge Wendelin I. Lipp and Judge Thomas J. Catliota to serve additional terms of office for 14 years beginning on April 3, 2020.

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