The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has released bankruptcy filing statistics for Fiscal Year 2015. Overall, bankruptcy filings are down 11 percent from FY 2014. This is the lowest number of bankruptcy filings for any 12 month period since 2007, and the fifth consecutive fiscal year filings have fallen. Filings in the Fourth Circuit fell from 73,603 in FY 2014 to 67,954 in FY 2015, a 7.7 percent decrease. Filings in South Carolina fell by 5.9 percent. In South Carolina, a total of 7,080 bankruptcies were filed: 2,828 under chapter 7, 30 under chapter 11, zero under chapter 12, and 4,222 under chapter 13. South Carolina and the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina were the only districts in the Fourth Circuit with more filings under chapter 13 than chapter 7. The full report and statistical tables are available here.
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In recognition of Pro Bono Week, the Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court would like to thank the many members of the South Carolina Bar who selflessly volunteer to help the public in matters related to the work of our Court by participating in the following programs:
C.A.R.E. Program of South Carolina
SC Bar Clinics (Charleston & Columbia)
Student Loan Debt Working Group
Judge Waites' Debtor Assistance Program.
The volunteers are listed here.
In addition, the Judges would like to thank South Carolina Legal Services and the South Carolina Bar, whose partnership with the Court makes many of these programs possible, as well as recognize those bankruptcy attorneys who participate in South Carolina Bar sponsored programs such as S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and SC Law Answers.
With the pending retirement of Judge Duncan's longtime judicial assistant, Jacque Phillips, Judge Duncan is accepting applications for a second law clerk. The position will be located in Columbia and will begin on or about January 1, 2016. The position and application procedure can be found here.