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Court Operations During Government Shutdown

Notice Regarding United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida Operations

Update: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

On December 21, 2018, the government officially commenced a partial shutdown as a direct result of Congress not being able to enact an appropriations (spending) bill or continuing resolution that would authorize and provide funding for an interim period.

HOWEVER, since the Judiciary also receives non-appropriated funding from other sources outside of appropriated funding from Congress, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida will continue operations and remain open during regular business hours in all divisions (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach) through January 25, 2019.  The court’s case management systems – CM/ECF and ECF/Pacer will remain available, even in the event of a Judiciary shutdown.

NOTE: The Miami Office of the U.S. Trustee is temporarily closed due to a lapse in federal funding.  However, a limited number of staff will be available to perform excepted activities (e.g., oversee appointment of trustees, scheduling of Section 341 meetings, perform activities related to means testing, and handle any emergency or urgent matters).  Section 341 meetings of creditors will be conducted as scheduled unless further notified.

We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Joe Falzone
Clerk of Court