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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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.

Administrative Order 17-01 Governing the Possession and Use of Electronic Devices in the Bankruptcy Court

On March 1, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland entered Administrative Order 17-01 which requires, among other things, that all visitors to the courthouse (counsel and members of the public) "turn off all electronic devices before entering a courtroom and may not use electronic devices in a courtroom without the permission of the judge."  For a full copy of Administrative Order 17-01, please click here.

Amendment to Local Bankruptcy Rule 5073-1

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved an amendment to Local Bankruptcy Rule 5073-1 to clarify the limitations on the photographing and recording of court proceedings and courthouse spaces and to provide consistency with District Court Local Rule 506.  Please click here for a copy of the Administrative Order implementing the amendment to LBR 5073-1 and a redline copy of the amended rule. 

Fourth Circuit Selects Michelle M. Harner as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland is pleased to announce that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has selected Professor Michelle M. Harner, of Baltimore, Maryland, to fill a vacancy for United States Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Maryland. The vacancy is created by the upcoming retirement announced by Judge James F. Schneider, who on February 1, 2017 celebrated having served 35 years on the bench. Please click here to view the public announcement of Judge-Designate Harner's appointment.

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