Section 341 Meeting Information

Operational Changes due to COVID-19
 

 

bulletGeneral Information
bulletInformation Concerning Section 341 Meetings Scheduled After 4/10/2020 and for Cases Filed Through 10/10/2020
bullet If a Debtor is Unable to Connect or Appear by Telephone or ZOOM at a Meeting

General Information

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the efficient progress of bankruptcy cases, the U.S. Trustee's office will be convening Section 341 Meetings of Creditors remotely, either by telephone conference or by ZOOM conference (depending on the trustee to whom the case is assigned). At this time, all meetings scheduled through 7/10/2020 will be held by video or by phone. No meetings will be held in person at the federal courthouses. The trustees have established procedures both for verifying identification pursuant to Federal Rules and for conducting the meetings. This information is included in the Trustee 341 Method Document.

Please be advised that it is the responsibility of debtor's counsel in all pending cases to ensure that their clients are aware of the Section 341 Meeting process to be used in their cases. Debtors' attorneys should monitor their clients' cases as well as this web page to ensure they have the most up-to-date information as, due to the fluidity of the situation surrounding COVID-19, the method for conducting 341s may change overall or for selected trustees and chapters at any time. The time period for video or phone 341 meetings also may be extended by the United States Trustee. This web page will always contain the current information.

Information Concerning Section 341 Meetings Processes (Meetings for Cases Filed Through 10/10/2020)

bulletMeetings will be held at the date and time listed on the notice; however, if the Notice of Commencement lists a physical location in one of the Court's divisions, please be advised that the meetings will be held not at the location listed on the Court notice but by telephonic or ZOOM conference as listed on the Trustee 341Method Document. The Official Forms for the Notices of Commencement cannot be modified to include all required information for attending meetings by phone or video; the attorney for the debtor should ensure that their clients are advised of the 341 Meeting process for their cases. The Court will contact pro se debtors with the needed information. 
bulletIn order to ensure adequate time to hold the cases by the alternate methods the U.S. Trustee and the case trustees are employing, notices of continuances may need to be issued to later or earlier times on the same date or to alternate dates on an ongoing basis. These notices will be entered on the official Court docket by the U.S. Trustee, the Chapter 13 Trustee or the panel trustee assigned to the case.
bulletFor Chapter 13 cases, as the confirmation hearing is related to the 341 meeting in this Court, the Court will send the Chapter 13 notices of continuances via BNC to all creditors and parties in interest.
bulletFor Chapter 7 cases, the U.S. Trustee or the panel trustee will docket the notice of continuance. As the notice event will direct, it will be the responsibility of the debtor's attorney to serve a notice of the new date on all parties and creditors, as this is the Court's standard practice for Chapter 7 continuances docketed by attorney and trustee filers. Counsel should then file a certificate of service with the Court. A sample notice regarding the COVID-related continuances is provided.

If a Debtor is Unable to Connect or Appear by Telephone or ZOOM at a Meeting:

bulletFirst, contact the trustee by phone; a continuance or adjournment of the meeting may be possible.
bulletIf the trustee is unable to continue or adjourn the meeting, as per standard Court procedure, an appropriate motion and order regarding the Section 341 Meeting must be filed with the Court.

 

 

 

 

 

This page was last edited on 06/17/2020 at 09:43 AM .