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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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.

Salisbury Courtroom Renovations Completed

Renovations to the Salisbury, MD courtroom are complete. Beginning May 15, 2018 all court hearing scheduled to be held in Salisbury, Maryland will resume at the Toulson Federal Building. Click here for more detailed information.

Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms – Effective December 1, 2017

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved, effective December 1, 2017, amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules 3012-1, 3012-2, 3015-1, 3015-2, 3015-4, 4001-3, and 4003-2; Local Forms H, L, M (Chapter 13 Plan), M-1, and M-2; and Appendix F to the Local Bankruptcy Rules. To view the Administrative Order implementing the amendments and a redlined copy of the amended rules and forms, please click here. To view a clean version of the rules and forms, and Foreword from Chief Judge Nancy V. Alquist, please click here.

New and Amended Bankruptcy Rules and Official Bankruptcy Forms -- Effective December 1, 2017

Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 3002, 3007, 3012, 3015, 3015.1 (new), 4003, 5009, 7001 and 9009 are effective December 1, 2017. The text of the new and amended rules and accompanying committee notes can be viewed here. In addition, new or amended Official Bankruptcy Forms 101, 113, 309F-I, 425A-C, and 426 are effective December 1, 2017. The new and amended Official Forms can be viewed here.

Salisbury Courtroom Renovations

From November 17, 2017 through April 23, 2018, the courtroom at the Toulson Federal Building in Salisbury, MD will be undergoing extensive renovation. During this time only, all bankruptcy court hearings will be temporarily relocated to the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, 101 North Division Street, Courtroom 3, in Salisbury, MD. Click here for more detailed information.

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