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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Use Caution When Opening Email Links and Attachments

This is a reminder to use caution when opening email links and attachments even when they appear to be sent from the ECF system. Any sender address can be spoofed, and emails can carry malicious payloads. Please report any unexpected, unusual, oddly worded, or otherwise suspicious emails to IT Service Desk.

The Honorable Thomas J. Catliota Selected as Chief Judge

The United States District Court has designated the Honorable Thomas J. Catliota to serve as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court.  Please click here for a copy of the announcement.

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.

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