Information for Parties without an Attorney

The Clerk's office public intake counters are open Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays) from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information about visiting the Clerk's office, click here.  The Clerk’s Office is also open to the public through telephone access and the drop boxes located in the lobby of each courthouse.  Please call (410) 962-2688 for Baltimore and (301) 344-8018 for Greenbelt to speak to someone in the Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Trustee has determined that all Section 341 Meetings of Creditors (“Meetings”)  will be conducted remotely until further notice. The instructions and information to participate in the remote Meetings can be found here. The U.S. Trustee encourages all parties to contact the case trustee or check the docket for up-to-date information. Any questions regarding Section 341 Meetings should be directed to the appropriate U.S. Trustee’s Office (Baltimore (410) 962-4300; Greenbelt (301) 344-6216).

Filings can be made at after-hours drop boxes located in the lobby of each courthouse or by mail.  The drop boxes are available from 4:00 p.m. to midnight in Baltimore and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Greenbelt.  Instructions on how to make filings at the drop box are available at each drop box or by clicking here.  Note that payment may only be made in the form of a money order; no cash or personal checks will be accepted in the drop box.

For information about the Electronic Document Submission System Pilot Program (EDSS) click here.

For additional information about filing without an attorney, including resources for debtors and creditors, click here.

If you need assistance with accessing court documents and are not able, or cannot afford, to use, please call (301) 344-3317 during regular business hours for assistance.

If you have a question or concern about a particular matter or hearing, please contact the Courtroom Deputy listed below for the Judge assigned to your case. If you have an emergency matter that must be heard during this time, you must file a motion or request for emergency relief and bring it to the attention of the courtroom deputy for the judge assigned to your case or the clerk of court. The Court prefers that such communications be made by email where possible.


Chief Judge Thomas J. Catliota
Rita Hester, Courtroom Deputy
(301) 344-3495

Judge Nancy V. Alquist
Brenda J. Wolfe, Courtroom Deputy
(410) 962-4439

Judge Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark
Jennifer Whitfield, Courtroom Deputy
(301) 344-0585

Judge Michelle M. Harner
Anna Marie Komisarek, Courtroom Deputy
(410) 962-2966

Judge David E. Rice
Cherita Scott, Courtroom Deputy
(410) 962-7769

Judge Lori S. Simpson
Gloria Bellman, Courtroom Deputy
(301) 344-8031