HOW DO I GET TO THE COURT?
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey has three locations. Click on the following links for directions to each Courthouse.
Camden Newark Trenton
PLEASE NOTE THAT 341(A) MEETINGS ARE CONDUCTED BY A TRUSTEE AND MAY BE HELD IN LOCATIONS OTHER THAN THE COURTHOUSE. PLEASE SEE Q10 BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
HOW DO I CONTACT THE COURT?
Please click here for the Staff Directory which includes the street and mailing address of each Clerk's Office. NOTE: Judges cannot be reached by direct telephone lines. If you have a question or comment for one of our judges, please contact a member of their staff or write to them at the appropriate address.
WHERE SHOULD I FILE MY PETITION?
All documents relating to a bankruptcy case, including the petition, must be filed at the clerk's office located in the vicinage in which the debtor resides (if the debtor is an individual), or in which the debtor has its principal place of business. The Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey is divided by county into the following vicinages:
The Camden vicinage consists of Atlantic, part of Burlington (the townships of Cinnaminson, Delran, Edgewater Park, Evesham [Marlton], Maple Shade, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Palmyra, Riverside and Riverton), Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
The Trenton vicinage consists of part of Burlington (excluded are the townships of Cinnaminson, Delran, Edgewater Park, Evesham [Marlton], Maple Shade, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Palmyra, Riverside and Riverton), Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Warren counties.
The Newark vicinage consists of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Union counties.
WHAT CHAPTER SHOULD I FILE?
There are six basic types of bankruptcy cases. For descriptions of each chapter click here. The staff of the Clerk's Office is prohibited by law from providing legal advice. For more information on filing bankruptcy click here to access our Filing Without an Attorney page or here to access the booklet Bankruptcy Basics.
WHAT PAPERS ARE NEEDED TO FILE BANKRUPTCY? WHERE CAN I GET THE PAPERS? SHOULD I PROVIDE COPIES?
To determine what papers are required when filing bankruptcy, please click here for a Schedule of Required Lists and Statements. All Official Bankruptcy Forms are available for download from our web site, www.njb.uscourts.gov as well as www.uscourts.gov.Pursuant to Local Rule 5005-2, you must file an original and one copy of the petition and all related documents. If you would like a "filed" stamped copy returned to you, you must provide an additional copy and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more information on what papers are necessary click here to access our Filing Without an Attorney page, or click here for the booklet, Bankruptcy Basics.