Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2020
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention have officially declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. In response to the spread of COVID-19, President Trump declared a national emergency. President Trump and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) have recommended that organizations limit public gatherings to no more than 10 people. The AO has also recommended that the courts conduct in-court hearings only when absolutely necessary and to have all or most court employees telework.
In order to protect the public health, and in order to reduce the size of public gatherings and unnecessary travel, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire is closed to the public until further notice.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Court is closed to the public, and consistent with the Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 5001, the Court shall be deemed always open for the purpose of filing any pleading or other proper paper, issuing and returning process, and filing, making, or entering motions, orders and rules. Court staff are teleworking during regular business hours and are available to assist the public with case-related questions via telephone at 603-222-2600.
Participation in hearings will continue to be accomplished through telephonic means through May 1, 2020. Questions about hearings should be directed to the Courtroom Deputy at 603-222-2644.
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire has entered Third and Fourth General Orders Regarding Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19. Please see the the Court's Cornavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Court Operations webpage for more information.