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How does the COVID-19 crisis affect my bankruptcy case?

Authored By: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center

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On March 17, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a standing order related to COVID-19 that covers both itself and the Bankruptcy Court. The order and additional COVID-19-related postings can be found on the Court’s website: https://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-response-information-and-announcements. The primary points of the order are contained below, but bankruptcy practitioners and pro se parties should review it themselves and regularly check for updates from the Court.

Is the Clerk’s Office still open?

The clerk’s office is open, but access will be restricted.  A bankruptcy practitioner or pro se party should contact the clerk’s office at 202-354-3280 before attempting to file in person.  

Can I still file online?

Yes. At this time, the Bankruptcy Court continues to accept petitions and other filings via the electronic case filing (ECF) system. 

Will my hearing be delayed?

All bankruptcy proceedings scheduled to occur between March 17 and April 17 have been postponed and will be scheduled for a later date unless the presiding judge in a case issues an order for that matter stating otherwise.  This will mean, as a practical matter, that creditors’ meetings for any cases initiated by the filing of new petitions will be delayed and that, as a result, discharges will be delayed as well.

Have my filing deadlines changed?

You should assume that any filing deadlines in any case(s) that have already been filed are still operative unless the Court has specifically said otherwise.

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