U.S. Trustee Program - Region 4
The United States Trustee Program is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice that supervises the administration of bankruptcy cases. The United States Trustee for Region 4 serves the federal judicial districts established for Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The regional office is located in Columbia, SC.
U.S. Trustee Program to Implement Virtual Section 341 Meetings of Creditors Nationwide
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Pursuant to its authority under 11 U.S.C. §§ 341(a) and 343, Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 2003, and other authorities, the U.S. Trustee Program (“USTP”) will implement virtual section 341 meetings of creditors (“341 meetings”) via Zoom for all chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases in all USTP jurisdictions.
These virtual 341 meetings via Zoom will be implemented on a rolling basis through early 2024. Debtors and other interested parties should follow the instructions provided in the 341 meeting notice they receive from the court, as well as additional instructions provided by the trustee assigned to the debtor’s case, to determine the proper procedures for connecting to the meeting. Please refer to the USTP’s Section 341 Meeting of Creditors Information page for further information, including links to each district’s USTP Local 341 Meeting of Creditors Information page.
The USTP’s transition to video 341 meetings will foster greater participation, result in substantial cost and time efficiencies for debtors and creditors, and better ensure the efficiency and integrity of the bankruptcy system. Once implemented, the U.S. Trustee may approve alternative arrangements for 341 meetings when extenuating circumstances exist that preclude a debtor’s attendance by video. In addition, in rare cases, the U.S. Trustee may determine that an in-person 341 meeting is necessary.