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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

March 26, 2020

In light of the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus, which causes the disease designated as COVID-19, and the disaster declarations issued by State officials requiring citizens in the Northern District of Texas to “shelter in place,” the Court...

March 18, 2020

Effective immediately, all in-person chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020, are hereby continued until a later date to be determined. Absent special circumstances, section 341 meetings may not proceed during...

March 16, 2020

Chief Judge Houser has today issued General Order 2020-05. If you have not reviewed the order, you should do so immediately. The purpose of the order is to restrict, as much as possible, in-person hearings and trials in the bankruptcy courts in...

March 16, 2020

This Order is being issued in response to the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus, which causes the disease designated as COVID-19, in the United States and the State of Texas. The World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19 qualifies...

March 16, 2020

The Judges in the Dallas and Fort Worth Divisions have recently updated their Telephonic Appearance Policies to limit the necessity of obtaining permission from the Court to participate in hearings telephonically. It will no longer be necessary...

February 13, 2020

This Standing Order governs all chapter 11 reorganization cases where the debtor elects to have subchapter V of chapter 11 apply and no bar date has otherwise been specifically set by the Court.

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February 11, 2020

On August 23, 2019, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (the “SBRA”) was enacted into law. The SBRA makes many substantive and procedural changes to the Bankruptcy Code and requires changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure...

January 23, 2020

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a 14-year appointment as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Texas at Tyler. The position will require regular...

December 2, 2019

After the conclusion of an opportunity for public comment, the Court has adopted amendments to the Local Bankruptcy Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. The attached amendments to Local Rules 3007-3,...

October 29, 2019

Forms Effective October 1, 2019:

On August 26, 2019, the President signed into law the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019 (the HAVEN Act) Public Law No. 116-52. The HAVEN Act amended 11 U.S.C. § 101(10A...

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