Guidance Related to COVID-19 Outbreak

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa continues to closely monitor the national and local responses to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with respect to public health concerns. We will follow guidance provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and from the State of Iowa.

 

Administrative Orders

Bankruptcy Court Public Administrative Order 20-02 dated March 13, 2020

Bankruptcy Court Public Administrative Order 20-03 dated April 13, 2020

District Court Public Administrative Order 20-AO-0010-P dated July 29, 2020

 

Court Notices

Information Regarding the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" (CARES Act)

 

Court Hearings

The court will inform you if a hearing is re-scheduled to a later date or to be held telephonically. Please review all Notices Rescheduling or Continuing Hearing very carefully.

 

Clerk's Office

The Clerk's Office is open to the public and the hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  It is recommended that filers contact the Clerk's Office by phone at 319-286-2200 or 712-233-3939, for assistance, such as alternative methods for filing documents and making payments. 

  • Most inquiries and requests for documents can be handled over the phone, and copies will be mailed to the requestor.

  • All documents filed with the Clerk's Office should include the contact's email and phone number.

  • The Clerk's Office is currently staffed to allow for confirmation of filings or receipt of funds sent by mail.

  • Self-represented (pro se) debtors are encouraged to file documents and make installment payments by mail or online.  We are requesting that filing fees be made online or by cashiers' check or money order.

  • The Clerk's Office generally does not accept documents sent via email or fax. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, certain exceptions will be considered. Please contact the Clerk's Office for further information.

  • Forms and instructions for filing are available on the court's website.

  • Creditors are encouraged to file proofs of claims and amended claims online using ePOC.

 

341 Meeting

Meeting of creditors originally postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak have been rescheduled and renoticed.

The Notice of Bankruptcy Case (also known as Notice of Meeting of Creditors) will direct parties to attend creditors meetings by telephone. The U.S. Trustee Program is extending the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted only through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring in-person appearance to all cases filed through October 10, 2020. The call-in number is listed on the Meeting of Creditor Notice.