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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 if it will be held telephonically. Please review all Notices Rescheduling or Continuing Hearing very carefully.

 As we begin to resume in-court hearings, the Court will practice social distancing and taking other precautionary measures such as wearing facemasks. An In-Court Hearing Plan was drafted to address concerns and procedures.

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 with alternate 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 online or by mail.  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

Notice from the U.S. Trustee:  The U.S. Trustee Program has extended the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted by telephone or video appearance to all cases filed during the period of the President’s “Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” issued March 13, 2020, and ending on the date that is 60 days after such declaration terminates. However, the U.S. Trustee may approve a request by a trustee in a particular case to continue the section 341 meeting to an in-person meeting in a manner that complies with local public health guidance, if the U.S. Trustee determines that an in-person examination of the debtor is required to ensure the completeness of the meeting or the protection of estate property. This policy may be revised at the discretion of the Director of the United States Trustee Program.

Notice will be provided to parties in the Notice of Commencement of Case (Meeting of Creditor Notice). The call in number is listed on the Meeting of Creditor Notice.