Civil Division issues general order regarding debt collection cases
- D.C. Courts
- Source: Dist. of Columbia > Consumer Law
Click link above for full order. Excerpts from the order, issued May 7, below.
Restrictions on the filing of new cases
During the Covered Period, parties filing new Administratively-Designated Collection Cases must include an attachment certifying that upon information and belief the case is not a “collection lawsuit” as defined in D.C. Code § 28-3814(l)(2)(A).
Restrictions on garnishment and attachment
During the Covered Period, any party seeking a writ of attachment, garnishment, or a judgment of condemnation in an Administratively-Designated Collection Case must include an attachment certifying that upon information and belief the party is not seeking the writ or judgment to obtain payment of a “debt” to a “creditor” as defined in D.C. Code §§ 28-3814(b)(1B) and (1C).
Continuances of Events in Pending Cases
For Administratively-Designated Collection Cases that have already been filed and remain pending, all hearings, mediations, and other events scheduled to occur during the Covered Period are continued, with new dates to be scheduled by the Court as appropriate.
Filings in Pending Cases
For Administratively-Designated Collection Cases that have already been filed and remain pending during the Covered Period, parties may file dismissals, satisfactions of judgment, and requests for continuance of hearings or other events. Parties are encouraged to review the prohibitions of the Act before making other filings.
This paragraph is applicable to all Administratively-Designated Collection Cases that are filed or pending during the Covered Period. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, all deadlines and time limits in statutes, court rules, and standing and other orders, including statutes of limitation and service of process deadlines, that would otherwise expire during the Covered Period are tolled during that period. Tolling of such deadlines and time limits may be further addressed as circumstances change.
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