Inclement Weather Policy
- Courthouse Building--517 East Wisconsin Avenue: It is highly unlikely that the entire federal building at 517 East Wisconsin Avenue ever will be closed on account of weather. Court users can anticipate that they will be able to get into the building during regular business hours regardless of the weather.
- Clerk's Office for the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court: If weather is severe enough, the chief judge and the clerk of court for the bankruptcy court may decide to close the clerk's office. If so, the court will post an announcement to that effect on the home page of this web site. In addition, the court will notify local media outlets, such as radio 94.5 Lake FM. During times of severe weather, the court encourages court users to check the web site, as well as local radio and television stations, for updated information about whether the clerk's office will be open.
- Individual Judges: The fact that the clerk's office is closed does not necessarily mean that the bankruptcy court will not hold hearings. It is up to each individual judge to decide whether to cancel any scheduled hearings due to severe weather. If you have a hearing scheduled on a severe weather day, the court encourages you to contact the chambers of the judge in front of whom you are scheduled to appear, to find out whether the judge plans to hold, or cancel, the hearing.
- Section 341 Meetings of Creditors (Trustee Meetings): Only a bankruptcy trustee may decide whether to cancel or reschedule a Section 341 meeting of creditors. The fact that the clerk's office is closed, or the fact that a judge or judges cancels hearings, does not mean that a trustee will not conduct a scheduled Section 341 meeting of creditors. If you have a Section 341 meeting of creditors scheduled on a severe weather day, you must contact your trustee to find out whether the trustee plans to hold, or cancel, the meeting.