COVID-19 Important Information-January 10, 2022 Update
Standing Order 22-2: Standing Order 22-1: Consistent with the entry of General Order No. 2022-01 by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the EDVA Bankruptcy Court entered Standing Order 22-1, Updated COVID-19 Requirements for the Martin V.B. Bostetter, Jr., U.S. Courthouse, at Alexandria, Virginia. This is in response to the increasing community spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, and recent CDC and Virginia Department of Health updates to guidance regarding quarantine and isolation. Between them, these orders adopt updated public entry requirements for our Courthouses and Court facilities. These orders provide more detailed information regarding those updated requirements.
Face Covering and Social Distancing Policy for all Courthouses (Updated December 30, 2021)
Temporary Emergency Provisions Regarding ZoomGov Remote Proceeding Access Information (Click Here)
Standing Order 21-11, following a temporary period of district-wide suspension June 14-18, 2021, inclusive, at the direction of the Court, is reinstated effective on and after June 19, 2021. That Order, which is applicable district-wide, establishes a modified temporary protocol for filings by unrepresented (pro se) persons who should read the Order prior to filing voluntary petitions and other documents with the Court (June 18, 2021, Update).
Pursuant to Standing Order 21-10, effective Monday, June 14, 2021, the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office public areas are reopening at each courthouse location.
United States Trustee Program Notice to Chapter 7 and 13 Trustees Regarding Recovery Rebates Paid to Consumer Bankruptcy Debtors under the CARES Act of 2020
Please read the following notice issued by the United States Trustee Program regarding recovery rebates under the CARES Act of 2020
The Acting United States Trustee for Region 4 has requested that the following information regarding the conduct of telephonic Section 341(a) creditors’ meetings in the Eastern District of Virginia be provided, which will begin April 13, 2020. The United States Trustee’s Office has prepared a protocol document titled, Eastern District of Virginia — Meetings of Creditors Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 341(a) During the National COVID – 19 Emergency. That document, combined with panel and standing trustee teleconference call-in line and access code information respectively for the Alexandria, Norfolk-Newport News, and Richmond divisions of the Court, is accessible here. Questions regarding the combined protocol document should be addressed to the appropriate Eastern District of Virginia assistant United States trustee. Via the Judiciary’s Bankruptcy Noticing Center, the Clerk’s Office is in the process of issuing one-time substitute § 341(a) creditors’ meeting notices of telephonic meetings in existing cases and using the appropriate updated version of Form OF 309 in new cases. Both types of notices include information needed by notice recipients to participate telephonically in scheduled § 341(a) creditors’ meetings, pursuant to the U.S. Trustee Office’s combined protocol document. The noticing procedures being implemented have been adopted by the Court through the entry of Standing Order No. 20-14 and its accompanying Exhibit A.
Temporary Emergency Provisions Regarding ZoomGov Remote Proceeding Access Information (Click Here)
Pursuant to Standing Order No. 20-10, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, temporarily, the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office public areas are closed at each courthouse location. Unrepresented persons may use the Bankruptcy drop box located at the Alexandria, Norfolk, and Richmond divisions’ courthouses to deposit documents for filing and properly submitted payments. Clerk’s Office staff will retrieve documents from the drop boxes at 9:00 a.m., each business day. Standing Order 20-9, also effective Monday, March 30, 2020, establishes a temporary protocol for filings in Bankruptcy cases by unrepresented (pro se) persons.
Emergency Usage Forms
Filing by Mail and Package Delivery Service
Bankruptcy Court Drop Box Usage Instructions
Electronic Filing by Email
Click here for information regarding how to file without an attorney (i.e., pro se). For “individual” pro se debtors, the linked page provides useful information. The first two forms linked, below, under Emergency Usage Forms, can be used by individual pro se debtors when filing Official Forms 101 and 121.
For Courthouse Drop Box, Mailed-in, or Emailed Usage Only by Individual Pro se Debtors:
Filing by mail should be to the Court’s mailing address as set forth in the appropriate divisional (Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News*) page icon located on the Court’s internet web site Home Page. [*The mailing address for the Newport News Division is the mailing address for the Norfolk Division.] See Standing Order No. 20-9, entered March 27, 2020, as set forth at ORDERED paragraph 1.a. and b. Follow the provided directions.
Bankruptcy Court Drop Box Information Form—NOTICE (Complete and sign the form titled, Certification Under Local Bankruptcy Rule 2090-1, located under Emergency Usage Forms, above. See Standing Order No. 20-9, entered March 27, 2020, at ORDERED paragraph 2.a. through d., inclusive. Follow the provided directions.
Electronic filing via email attachment is permissible as set forth in Standing Order No. 20-9, entered March 27, 2020, at ORDERED paragraph 3.a. through d., inclusive. Follow the provided directions and use the proper email address, as set forth in the standing order, and as set forth, below:
Norfolk/Newport News: NORNN_Filing@vaeb.uscourts.gov
USE OF THE ABOVE E-MAIL ADDRESSES EXCLUSIVELY SHALL BE AS PROVIDED FOR IN STANDING ORDER NO. 20-9, AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE.
By division of the Court, the bankruptcy judges, respectively via the below-linked court orders, have established temporary protocols in response to the existing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) national pandemic. The below-linked division-based orders provide additional directions for each specified temporary “Protocol Period.”
Norfolk-Newport News Divisions: Order Establishing Temporary Hearing Protocol for Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions—Norfolk Standing Order No. 20-1 and Newport News Standing Order No. 20-1-Effective March 19, 2020, through and including April 30, 2020.
Richmond Division: Exception to Standing Order 20-7 and Bankruptcy Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the Richmond Division Only
Public Access to Court Electronically Available Records (Documents)
Courthouse closures and stay-at-home/safer-at-home orders resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have eliminated or severely limited the public’s ability nationally to visit courthouse Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) terminals for free access to available court electronic records. For the present time, pursuant to the Court’s Standing Order No. 20-10, this includes the Court’s divisional office courthouse locations.
Accordingly, until further notice, if you seek to review electronically available Court records for your own personal, non-commercial use and —
(A) If you can access PACER.gov, but cannot afford to use it, please request a fee exempt PACER account for
your own personal, non-commercial use by taking the following four steps;
1. Create a PACER account at PACER.gov.
2. Complete and sign a COVID-19 Request for Personal, Non-Commercial Fee Exempt PACER Account form and follow the directions set forth in the form.
4. After you have been notified that your PACER account has been granted fee exempt status, you may access available Court electronic documents at no cost at PACER.gov. You also will be notified if your request has been disapproved.
(B) If you cannot access PACER.gov and cannot afford to pay for copies of electronic Court records, please call the number listed below, for the divisional office of the Court where the case was filed, to request such records from the Court for your own personal, non-commercial use.
Alexandria Division – (703) 258-1200
Norfolk/Newport News Divisions – (757) 222-7500
Richmond Division – (804) 916-2400
The websites linked in the list below (the “Linked Websites”) do not represent a complete list of all available mortgage assistance programs and, due solely to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are provided for convenience and informational purposes only. Listing the Linked Websites does not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Court”) of the entities listed or information contained on the Linked Websites. The Court does not guarantee or make any representations concerning programs, products, services, or relief that may be obtained from using the Linked Websites. The Court is not responsible for the accuracy, legality, timeliness, or completeness of any information available on the Linked Websites or any other external website(s). The Court will not provide any additional information or respond to questions regarding the Linked Websites or their content.
The Federal Housing and Finance Agency: https://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/MortgageAssistance/Pages/Coronavirus-Assistance-Information.aspx.
Fannie Mae (to find out if Fannie Mae owns your loan, visit https://www.knowyouroptions.com/loanlookup):
Freddie Mac (to find out if Freddie Mac owns your loan, visit https://ww3.freddiemac.com/loanlookup/): https://myhome.freddiemac.com/getting-help/relief-for-homeowners.html
Federal Housing Administration (FHA): https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SFH/documents/COVID-19HomeownerHelp.pdf.
Veterans Administration (VA): https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/trouble-making-payments/
Specialized Loan Servicing (SLS): https://www.sls.net/get-help/covid-19
Select Portfolio Servicing (SPS): https://www.spservicing.com/StaticDetails/DisasterManagement