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This guide provides information about federal bankruptcy laws, procedures and rules.

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About this Guide

This guide is intended to provide basic information about bankruptcy law. 

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Bankruptcy cases are generally filed in U.S. Bankruptcy courts. The U.S. Trustee offers a court locator to help locate the correct court for the initial filing. In Ohio this is typically either:

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, or

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio. 


Information about U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

Procedural rules

U.S. Bankruptcy courts abide by procedural rules to determine the process for a case. These include:

For more information about which rules apply and under what circumstances see Rule 81of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and and Part VII of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.

Local Rules

Local rules

Bankruptcy courts also typically have local rules which apply to bankruptcy cases as well.

Bankruptcy Laws

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code is found in Title 11 of the United States Code.

U.S. Code Title 11

Information about Bankruptcy

Below you will find some basic information about bankruptcy laws, procedures and fees.

Bankruptcy for Military

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Contact Information for the Courts

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District Ohio (Akron)
455 U.S. Courthouse 
2 South Main Street 
Akron, Ohio 44308 
Phone: 330.252.6100 


U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District Ohio (Canton)
Ralph Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse
401 McKinley Ave SW 
Canton, OH 44702-1745
Phone: 330.458.2120


U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District Ohio (Cleveland)
Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse
201 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1235
Phone: 216.615.4300
U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District Ohio (Toledo)
411 U.S. Courthouse 
1716 Spielbusch Avenue 
Toledo, Ohio 43604 
Phone: 419.213.5600
U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District Ohio (Youngstown)
Nathaniel R. Jones
Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
10 East Commerce Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503-1621 
Phone: 330.742.0900

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District Ohio (Cincinnati)
221 E. Fourth Street
Atrium Two Suite 800
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: 513.684.2572


U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District Ohio (Columbus)
170 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614.469.6638

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District Ohio (Dayton)
120 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Phone: 937.225.2516


Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
100 East Fifth Street
540 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513.564.7000


For contact information for Ohio U.S. District Courts see Federal Appellate Process (Ohio) tab.