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Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court

While Pennsylvania State Bankruptcy Court provides basic information to debtors, creditors, court personnel, the media, and the general public of the state on different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws, Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Record lists the details of every false or outstanding debt. The Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court is the federal court that have subject-matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases in Pennsylvania and all such cases are trialed here.

The entire state of Pennsylvania has three such court types, namely, Pennsylvania Eastern District Courts, Pennsylvania Middle District Courts and Pennsylvania Western District Courts (the later named United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania). Bankruptcy cases cannot be filed in the state of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Courts.

One needs to fill in the details of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court Forms to declare him or other as bankrupt with the necessary evidences before he or she is included in the trial for Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court Records.

The Eastern District Court covers 10 various counties and the Court Locations are at Allentown, Doylestown, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Reading while the middle District Court supervises over 30 counties including major ones like Columbia and Franklin. The courts are located at Harrisburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Western District of Pennsylvania has just three courts that are at Erie, Johnstown and Pittsburgh to manage around 25 counties.

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Searching and accessing any Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court Record has become so easy with the aid of State Governments policy of making Bankruptcy Court Information available to the public. Records are available in both State Authority websites as well as commercial sites both in Monthly Basis and in District Basis too. But the most common way is to search by name and tax ID. One can even get the names of the respective judges and clerks of various district courts along with their contact details.

The statistics of the year 2002 reveals that most of the Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Records are individual purposes and only a few of them are business organizations. There had been a total of 54,801 cases registered in the Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court of which 53,538 are consumer based and rest 1,263 business oriented.

The East District Court counted 24,887 cases in the same year; the middle district listed 12,675 records while the Western District Court recorded 17,239 of such bankruptcy file suits. Of these numbers, the Pittsburgh, Erie, and Johnstown of Western District Courts alone totals 16,924. There had been a steep rise in the year of 2004-05 with sudden fall thereafter. In the year of 2005, the district listed 29,970 records (this was the highest in the state for the last 27 years), while the last year 2006 had witnessed the bankruptcy court recordings of the Western District Court dramatically fall to 9,383. The numbers of 2008 were 12,593.

Most Bankruptcy cases are filed in Chapter 7(Personal Bankruptcy and the liquidation of assets), Chapter 11(reorganization under Bankruptcy Code), Chapter 12(family farmer/fisherman bankruptcy) and Chapter 13(individual debt adjustment).This trend is almost same in other parts of Pennsylvania State as well.