News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Self-Help Program now available

Release Date
Wed, 2016-06-29

New Court sponsored Self-Help Program for self-represented people filing bankruptcy or considering filing is now available. First free appointments may be scheduled with a volunteer attorney starting the week of July 11th. Program designed with...

Website Changes to Forms page (06/14/16)

Release Date
Tue, 2016-06-14

The Forms page was updated to include a list of local bankruptcy forms which were eliminated as part of the amendments on 06/01/2016 and a link to the official form which should be used instead. 

Filing Instructions, Guide to Docketing, Fee Schedule, General Order, Local Rules and Forms (06/01/2016)

Release Date
Wed, 2016-06-01

On 06/01/16 the Court revised several parts of its website impacted by local rule changes. 

Changes posted Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

  • Filing Instructions:  The following filing...

Automatic Adjustment of Dollar Amounts in Bankruptcy Code and Forms (Effective April 1, 2016)

Release Date
Mon, 2016-03-28

Automatic adjustments will be made on April 1, 2016, to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision in Title 28 of the United States Code which impacts certain forms and instructions.  The adjusted dollar...

Public Notice regarding Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms

Release Date
Mon, 2016-03-07

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania proposes to amend certain of its Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms.  The changes have been provisionally approved by the Bankruptcy Judges.  The Court hereby offers public notice of...

Recognition Certificates

Release Date
Wed, 2016-03-02

The Pro Bono and Mediator Recognition Certificates for the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 are attached below.

Official Bankruptcy Forms Must be Used in ALL Cases Filed on or After December 1, 2015

Release Date
Mon, 2015-11-23

The Official Bankruptcy Forms have been replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015. The new Official Bankruptcy Forms must be used in all cases filed on or after...

CM/ECF System Unavailable for Filing -- Monday, November 30, 2015 at 6 PM until Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 12 AM

Release Date
Tue, 2015-11-17

Please note that the Court's Electronic Case Filing system (CM/ECF) will be unavailable for filing on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM until TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM...

Scam Targets Bankruptcy Filers

Release Date
Tue, 2015-10-20

Phone scammers are targeting bankruptcy filers in several states.  Read the article on the United States Courts' website.