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The United States federal court system has three tiers: the U.S. District Courts, which are the trial courts; the U.S. Courts of Appeals, which are the first levels of appeal; and the Supreme Court of the United States, which is the final level of appeal. There are 94 District Courts, 13 Courts of Appeals, and one Supreme Court across the entire country. The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts are a unit of the U.S. District Courts. Currently, there are 90 federal bankruptcy courts.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases. Federal bankruptcy law aims to give a debtor, which can be a person or a business, a “fresh start” by relieving the debtor of most debts and giving them the opportunity to repay creditors.
The majority of bankruptcy cases are filed by consumers under one of the following chapters in the Bankruptcy Code:
Chapter 7 provides that non-exempt assets be liquidated and proceeds distributed to creditors.
Chapter 9 applies to local governments and instrumentalities.
Chapter 11 allows businesses to reorganize and continue operating. Individuals whose debts exceed statutory limits for filing under Chapter 13 may file under Chapter 11.
Chapter 12 applies to family farmers and fishermen.
Chapter 13 provides that debtors with regular income retain assets and obtain court-confirmed plans to pay off their creditors.
Chapter 15 applies to foreign corporations and individuals.
The procedural aspects of the bankruptcy process are governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, also known as the "Bankruptcy Rules,” and the local rules of each Bankruptcy Court.
When a bankruptcy case is filed a trustee is appointed by the U.S. Trustee, a Justice Department entity, to administer the estate. Then, a meeting of creditors must be held, commonly known as the 341 meeting, no matter what chapter the case is filed under. The debtor is required to attend this meeting. The meeting of creditors gives the trustee and creditors the opportunity to ask questions about the debtor’s financial affairs and the extent of the debtor’s holdings. The case trustee, not a bankruptcy judge, presides over this hearing. A Bankruptcy judge may later issue decisions relating to the case.
Sometimes adversary proceedings are filed. Adversary proceedings are separate civil lawsuits that arise in bankruptcy cases, including actions to object to or revoke discharges, to obtain injunctions or other equitable relief, and to determine the dischargeability of debt.
Decisions of the Bankruptcy Courts may be appealed to the District Court, or depending on the circuit, to a bankruptcy appellate panel. If certain statutory requirements are met, the Court of Appeals may authorize a direct appeal from a Bankruptcy Court judge’s ruling to the Court of Appeals. Decisions may be further appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Officials
U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges are appointed by a majority vote of the Circuit Court judges in the jurisdiction in which they sit, upon the recommendation of the Judicial Council for that region. The Judicial Council consists of Courts of Appeals and District Court judges and is chaired by the Chief Judge of the Circuit.
Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14 year, renewable terms. To be eligible to be a Bankruptcy Court judge, a person must be: a member of the bar in at least one state and in good standing with every bar of which they are a member; of good character; and not related to an appointing judge or a District Court judge that they would be serving. There are approximately 350 Bankruptcy judgeships in the U.S.
In 2018, 773,375 bankruptcy petitions were filed.
On average, nonbusiness bankruptcy petitions make up 95% of all bankruptcy petitions filed.
Chapters 9, 12, and 15 typically account for less than 1% of all petitions filed.
In 2018, over 24,100 adversary proceedings were filed.
UniCourt is your single source for state and federal court records, offering comprehensive court coverage and the most complete and accurate dataset available.
With UniCourt, you can search for U.S. Bankruptcy Court records online and get real-time access to a wide range of case types filed in the Bankruptcy Courts. UniCourt tracks Bankruptcy litigation so you don’t have to, and sends case alerts directly to your inbox to keep you informed on the latest filings and opinions. Further, UniCourt’s best-in-class data normalization leverages machine learning to identify exactly who the real-world attorneys, law firms, and parties are before bankruptcy courts, so you can easily find any state and federal litigation connected to those parties and gain valuable insights into their litigation history.
UniCourt gives you access not only to court records from the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, but also to the U.S. Supreme Court and many of the largest federal District Courts in the United States, including the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
UniCourt also provides you with access to all court cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals:
UniCourt’s industry-leading Legal Data APIs provide Enterprise users with on-demand, bulk access to structured data from state and federal courts. Our Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) collects, organizes, standardizes, and normalizes court data from state courts and all federal courts, and makes it readily available via our UniCourt Enterprise API for business development, competitive intelligence, litigation strategy, and docket management.