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.

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

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

Appointment of Chapter 13 Trustee in Baltimore

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

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.