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Bankruptcy Law Research Guide

This research guide provides a starting point for research in U.S. bankruptcy law.

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Bankruptcy cases are initiated and tried in the United States bankruptcy courts, which are a division of each federal district court. Appeals in a bankruptcy case, depending on the circuit and practices of its district courts, either go to the district court or to a bankruptcy appellate panel consisting of bankruptcy judges. Under certain circumstances, appeals may be made directly to a circuit court of appeals. Appeals from a district court or bankruptcy appellate panel go to the circuit court of appeals, and then ultimately, to the United States Supreme Court.

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