Bankruptcy Courts Currently Open During Government Shutdown, but Services Might Change

Check your local court’s website to find out how the government shutdown might affect your case.

Until the government shutdown ends, you should be aware that your local bankruptcy court’s operating status could change abruptly.

According to the official notice published by the United States Courts, the judiciary will remain open despite the federal government shutdown but that courts could begin operating at a diminished capacity starting January 11, 2019.

However, some bankruptcy courts have already instituted changes due to funding shortages resulting from the government shutdown.

On January 2, 2019, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Oklahoma issued an order extending deadlines imposed on the Office of the United States Trustee by fourteen days. Debtors with cases in this district should consider consulting with a local bankruptcy attorney to determine how the order might affect the debtor’s case.

You can check for changes at your local bankruptcy court by visiting the bankruptcy court’s website for details. Most bankruptcy courts will post the status on the home page conspicuously. You can find the bankruptcy court’s website and contact information using the Court Locator tool.

If you’re unsure whether your court has instituted government shutdown changes, or if the changes affect you, contact the bankruptcy court clerk or your bankruptcy lawyer.

Effective date: January 2, 2019