May 01, 2017

A Day in the Life of a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

By Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States

In bankruptcy court, like most courts, no two days are ever the same. However, a day in bankruptcy court can be peculiar to any attorney or judge because of the variety of bankruptcy cases individuals and businesses may file under the Bankruptcy Code. Before looking at a day in the life of a bankruptcy judge, it is important to first ask a few preliminary questions. For instance, what type of bankruptcy case has been filed? Has the bankruptcy case been filed by an individual or a company? The answers to these preliminary questions will determine the type of day a bankruptcy judge will have in court.

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