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This part of International Bankruptcy LibGuide covers primary sources related to bankruptcy in the United States which are Statutes, Rules and cases.
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure governs process and procedure in United States Bankruptcy Courts.
Local Bankruptcy Rules
United States district courts and courts of appeals often prescribe local rules governing practice and procedure. Such rules must be consistent with both Acts of Congress and the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, and may only be prescribed after notice and an opportunity for public comment. A court's authority to prescribe local rules is governed by both statute and the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure.
For example, in the Central District of Illinois, the Bankruptcy Court does not have its own local rules. The local rules of the District Court apply.
Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases involving personal, business, or farm bankruptcy. This means a bankruptcy case cannot be filed in state court. Through the bankruptcy process, individuals or businesses that can no longer pay their creditors may either seek a court-supervised liquidation of their assets, or they may reorganize their financial affairs and work out a plan to pay their debts.
Chapter 15 cases
Chapter 15 Cases -- This is a database of all Chapter 15 cases filed in the U.S. since 2005. It is searchable by jurisdiction and by judge. Related cases are also listed. Where available, links to the PACER docket is provided.
International insolvency cases
New interface for LexisNexis. Lexis Advance contains primary Law for all U.S. jurisdiction plus secondary sources and analytical material. See also Westlaw Next, Lois Law and Bloomberg Law.
Westlaw contains primary Law for all U.S. jurisdiction plus secondary sources and analytical material. See also Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law.