Bankruptcy Matters Are Not State Matters
Questions about bankruptcies are often framed as, “How many bankruptcies were filed in e.g. (my State)?" It may not be entirely correct to assume that either a state or a state court system is making bankruptcy cases publicly available.
Bankruptcy filings are a federal legal matter and cases are handled by the U.S. Federal Court System. While bankruptcy cases are filed in United States Bankruptcy Courts (units of the United States District Courts), and federal law governs procedure in bankruptcy cases, state laws are often applied when determining property rights. For example, law governing the validity of liens or rules protecting certain property from creditors (known as exemptions), may derive from state law or federal law. Because state law plays a major role in many bankruptcy cases, it is often unwise to generalize some bankruptcy issues across state lines.
Sections of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code which may be applicable are:
U.S. Courts Statistics: This section of uscourts.gov provides statistical data on the business of the federal Judiciary. Specific publications address the work of the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts; the probation and pretrial services systems; and other components of the U.S. courts. The links on the left (side of the page) will take you to a summary of content as well as the current reports and those dating back several years.
Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts is the most comprehensive set of detailed statistical tables published on the work of the federal Judiciary, plus charts and text explaining why increases or decreases occurred in the courts’ caseload.