Kansas Bankruptcy Courts Stay Open During Federal Government Shut Down

open signThe Kansas bankruptcy court is open for business even if the federal government shuts down. Cases may still be filed. Automatic stays still go into effect stopping collection. Help is still available. See how a government shutdown will affect bankruptcy courts.

Announcement from the Court

The Kansas Bankruptcy Court issued the following statement today, September 30, 2013:

If the government shuts down because of a lapse in appropriations, the Judiciary would use available funding balances to maintain operations for approximately 10 business days.  If the lapse in funding extends beyond the 10 business day period, the Judiciary plans to reassess its situation and provide further guidance.  See

The District of Kansas Bankruptcy Court will continue those operations that are part of the exercise of its judicial powers. Accordingly, until further notice, the Court will continue to adjudicatebankruptcy matters.  For example, it will continue to accept new case filings, receive and process pdings and fees, and hear matters.

The Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system will remain operational to accept electronic filing of documents with the court. Accordingly, parties and their representatives should be prepared to appear for all matters that have been and will be scheduled for hearing (unless continued or cancelled by subsequent order of the Court).  In the short term, the counter and telephone lines for the Bankruptcy Court will remain open for business according to its normal schedule.

Hugh N. Zavadil
Chief Deputy Clerk
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
401 North Market
Wichita, KS 67202

About Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux is a Kansas bankruptcy attorney with Neis Michaux Law Office. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only consumer bankruptcy law specialists. They are board certified by the American Board of Certification.

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