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. 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.

All in-court proceedings in the Greenbelt Division are temporarily suspended until further order of the Court. All emergency bankruptcy matters arising in the Greenbelt Division shall be heard in Baltimore unless the presiding judge orders otherwise.

For more complete information, please refer to the Current Administrative / Standing Orders and other Notices issued by the Bankruptcy Court and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, linked below:

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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Appointment of Chapter 7 Trustees in Baltimore

Please click here for the Office of United States Trustee announcement.

Notice of Revised Dollar Amounts in Specific Forms and Local Bankruptcy Rule Appendix F

Automatic adjustments of certain dollar amounts in the Bankruptcy Code, Title 28, United States Code and Official and Director’s Bankruptcy Forms will be effective April 1, 2019. Click here to view the adjustments.

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland will adjust the dollar amounts in Appendix F to the Local Bankruptcy Rules, Chapter 13 Debtor’s Counsel Responsibilities and Fees, effective April 1, 2019. The three-year adjustment of 6.218% reflects the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers as published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2019. Click here to view a redlined version of Exhibit F, with the adjusted dollar amounts.

Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules – Effective December 1, 2018

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved, effective December 1, 2018, amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules 5005-1, 7005-2, and 9013-4.  The amendments are necessitated by changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that will take effect December 1, 2018.  To view the Administrative Order implementing the amendments and a redlined copy of the amended rules, please click here.

Workplace Changes Recommended for Judiciary

The Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group, a group of federal judges and senior Judiciary officials formed at the request of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., issued a report recommending measures to improve workplace conduct policies and procedures in the federal Judiciary. The Working Group submitted its findings to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal Judiciary’s policy-making body. The report and an executive summary are available online.

New Forms Approved for the Avoidance or Valuation of Liens in a Chapter 13 Plan

The Bench has approved two new forms for the avoidance or valuation of liens in a Chapter 13 plan. The new forms, which are currently recommended but not mandatory, serve as helpful summaries of avoidance or valuation requests. The new forms are available in both .pdf and Word formats on the Court’s website under Local Bankruptcy Forms. If you have any comments on the new forms or other suggestions regarding the Chapter 13 plan confirmation process, please send your comments to: LocalRules@mdb.courts.gov.

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