Actions Taken by the Bankruptcy Court
As of April 8, 2020, COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois remains open for business, but not business as usual. There are several significant changes to its daily operations. The Bankruptcy Court now requires telephonic appearances, via CourtSolutions, for all parties. Personal appearances are permitted only by a judge’s order. Local Rule 9013-1(E)(1) has been suspended to allow motions to proceed without personal appearances.
The court calendars are modified to prevent overlapping hearings. Any scheduled trials or evidentiary hearings may by continued, and the requirement for original debtor signatures has been suspended.
A minimum of seven days’ notice is required for all motions, regardless of the method of service. Motions are now required to inform parties that a Notice of Objection, which does not need to include any basis for the objection, must be filed at least two business days before the hearing. If a Notice of Objection is not filed the motions may be granted without a hearing.
Also, the Eastern Division (Chicago) continued all Chapter 7, 12 and 13 section 341 meetings until May 10. Chapter 7 debtors may have their meetings conducted telephonically, so long as they verify their identity through submitting documentation to the trustee.
What Does that Mean for My Case?
Although the landscape has significantly changed, all bankruptcy cases are proceeding. HMB Legal Counsel will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. The ongoing issues related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have had and will continue to have a significant impact on individuals, families, businesses and markets. Visit our collection of resources providing guidance during these fast-changing circumstances. Please reach out to your lead team member to answer specific questions.