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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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.

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.

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