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Friday, March 13, 2020


In an effort to reduce the public’s and our staff’s exposure to the Corona Virus (COVID-19), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama will conduct all hearings by telephone rather than in person at the federal courthouses throughout the district. This change will start on the following dates for the following divisions and will continue for each docket until further notice:

            Eastern Division (Anniston and St. Clair County Dockets) – March 30, 2020;

            Northern Division (Decatur, Florence, and Huntsville Dockets) – March 23, 2020;

            Southern Division (Birmingham Dockets) – March 23, 2020; and

            Western Division (Jasper and Tuscaloosa Dockets) – March 24, 2020.

No attorneys or other parties should come to the Bankruptcy Court for your hearing(s).  Attorneys, please be sure to let your clients know about this change.  The call-in number and access code for each Judge may be found under the Judges tab on our Court's webpage.  Parties should call-in five minutes prior to the start of the hearing.  Once connected, please mute your phone until your case is called and hang up once your hearing has concluded.  Please direct any questions about upcoming dockets to each Judge's courtroom deputy via email (also located under the Judges tab).

First Meeting of Creditors (Section 341) meetings will also be conducted away from the Bankruptcy courthouse(s) beginning March 23, 2020. You should not come to the courthouse for your First Meeting of Creditors (Section 341) meeting. Your meeting will be conducted telephonically by the Trustee in a location and manner determined by the U. S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Northern District of Alabama, J. Thomas Corbett, and the Trustees. Please contact your attorney, the debtor’s attorney, the U. S. Bankruptcy Administrator’s Office (205) 714-3830 or the Trustee assigned to the case for information regarding the First Meeting of Creditors (Section 341) meeting location and manner of appearance.

Additional information regarding these public health accommodations will be published on the Court’s website: Once a date is selected to stop these special accommodations, that date will also be posted on the website. You may call the Clerk’s Office for additional information, (205) 714-4000.

Reminder to all attorneys, case participants, the media, and the public: the recording or broadcasting of bankruptcy proceedings is strictly prohibited.

Joseph E. Bulgarella
Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court