bankruptcy court

noun

: a court that is a unit of a federal District Court and has original jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases

Note: Bankruptcy courts were created by Congress as part of the 1898 Bankruptcy Act. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to establish “uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States.”

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“Bankruptcy court.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/bankruptcy%20court. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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