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This unique bankruptcy time line maps the evolution of bankruptcy law from its inception in 1787 in the U.S. Constitution through 2019. It also provides statistics demonstrating the burgeoning bankruptcy caseloads, and historical snapshots of select sociopolitical events that occurred along the way.

This updated time line is available in PDF format below.  A print version is forthcoming. Requests will be filled as soon as it is available.

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This repository of materials was developed as a companion to the manual, Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, to provide courts with examples of case documents and other resource materials related to issues likely to arise in Chapter 9 cases. Documents are included from cases filed by variety of debtors: cities, townships, and counties; medical-related entities, such as county hospitals and authorities; and political subdivisions, such as sanitary and improvement districts, water districts, and off-track betting authorities.

The materials have been placed into the following categories. Some documents relating to multiple categories have been placed in the most relevant categories and cross-references are made between the categories. Some significant documents have been put into more than one category.

We welcome suggestions about other materials that may be helpful to courts for inclusion in the Chapter 9 repository. Please send your ideas and materials to Beth Wiggins at

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This page includes a variety of material that may be helpful in identifying other documents and cases of use to courts handling a Chapter 9 case. The map depicts visually the status of state authorization to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy and the location of the Chapter 9 filings from FY2008 to FY2015.  Tables 1, 2, and 3 present statistics about the location of the case filings and the number of judges involved in presiding over those cases. The list of Chapter 9 cases filed from FY2008 through FY2016 that is in Appendix B to the manual, Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, also is included here, as is a bookmarked PDF document of the docket sheets from those cases.

Statistics and Docket Sheets is one of several Chapter 9 Online Repository categories.


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