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October 11, 2011
Notice Of Fee Increases
Click here for the Notice of Fee Increases effective November 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012.
September 16, 2011
The Court has partnered with other Bankruptcy Courts and is using a multi-court voice response system for case related information. The old local service at 410-962-0733 will be discontinued. The new number is 1-866-222-8029. Please see this page under Case Information for details on the new service.
August 26, 2011
The Local Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Maryland have been updated. Click here for further details.
July 29, 2011
The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (ABJA) will be holding its annual professional skill seminar and Bankruptcy Certification training in Denver, Colorado, October 11 - 13, 2011. For more details, click here.
May 31, 2011
The Judicial Conference Policy was recently changed to restrict access to documents filed in any case opened prior to December 1, 2003 that has been closed for more than a year. The docket report can still be viewed however, access to documents is restricted and only individual case participants can see them or they can be viewed from the public terminal computers in the Courthouses. For more information on closed cases or copies of documents, please click here.
341 Meeting of Creditors Notice
Currently, debtors’ attorneys who are CM/ECF filers receive 341 notices by notice of electronic filing (NEF) with the debtor’s redacted Social Security number (SSN) and via the USPS through the BNC with the debtor’s full SSN. But, effective Monday, June 6, 2011, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) will begin sending the debtor’s attorney an email containing a secure hyperlink to the unredacted 341 notice in place of printing and sending the notice via the USPS. Please click here for more information.
Writs and Sealed Documents
The Writ Requested event can now be docketed electronically and it will be restricted until the criteria for removing the restriction has been met. Also, documents can be filed electronically with the Motion to Seal and they will be restricted until the motion is ruled upon. If granted, the requested document will remain under seal. Please see our CM/ECF user manual and search for either Writ or Sealed for more information.
A new type of user is available in CM/ECF called a filing agent. An attorney may now add one or more filing agents to their user account so that when the agent files on behalf of the trustee/attorney, the docket text shows the attorney’s name as the filer. If you currently have a secondary login account denoted by a ^ in the user name, we will be contacted you separately to convert those ^ accounts to filing agents. For more information, please see our CM/ECF user manual and search for Filing Agent.
April 1, 2011
Effective April 1, 2011, Judge David E. Rice will be assigned a share of new cases filed in the Baltimore Division. Chief Judge Duncan W. Keir will retain certain specific cases and cases pending in the Eastern Shore counties. New cases filed from the Eastern Shore will continue to be assigned to Chief Judge Keir. The majority of the other pending cases for Judge Keir have been reassigned primarily to Judge Rice.