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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Court Orders and Procedures

A.  Order Temporarily Suspending Requirement to Obtain Original Signatures from Debtors for Electronic Filings

B.  Order Temporarily Allowing Pro Se Parties (Parties Not Represented by an Attorney) to Electronically File Papers with the Court

Parties not represented by an attorney may email filings to the Court's helpdesk at cmhelpdesk@vawb.uscourts.gov.  The Clerk's Office will then file the filings in the appropriate case.  Parties should sign the filings that are emailed to the Court and include the case number on the filings.

C.  Amended Order Pertaining to Scheduled Hearings before Judge Black for the Period 3/16/20 Through and Including 6/10/20

D.  Order Regarding Temporary Closure of Clerk's Office Public Counters

Drop-boxes are provided at each of the Clerk's Offices locations (Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Roanoke), so parties may date stamp their filings and securely submit them without entering the Clerk's Office.  Additionally, parties not represented by an attorney may email filings to the Court's helpdesk at cmhelpdesk@vawb.uscourts.gov.  The Clerk's Office will then file the filings in the appropriate case.  Parties should sign the filings and include the case number on the filings.

E.  Updated U.S. Trustee Procedures for Telephonic Meetings of Creditors / Call-in Phone Numbers

Until further notice all section 341 meetings (Meetings of Creditors) will be conducted remotely by telephonic means.  The updated procedure for the telephonic meetings of creditors can be found here.  (Remote 341 Instructions Revised).  The Attorney Declaration Regarding Confirmation of Debtor Identity and Social Security Number, which is referenced in the updated instructions, can be found here.  (Attorney Declaration).  A list of the call-in phone numbers for each trustee with the corresponding access codes can be found here.  (Phone Numbers).

F.    Preparing to Participate in a ZOOM Video conference (ZOOM Instructions)