Bankruptcy filings in the federal courts rose 31 percent in calendar year 2008, according to data released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The number of bankruptcies filed in the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2008, totaled 1,117,771, up from 850,912 bankruptcies filed in CY 2007. Filings have grown since CY 2006 when bankruptcy filings totaled 617,660, in the first full 12-month period after the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) took effect. An historic high in the number of bankruptcy filings was seen in calendar year 2005, when over 2 million bankruptcies were filed.
The majority of bankruptcy filings involve non-business debts. In CY 2008, they totaled 1,074,225, up 31 percent from the 822,590 non-business bankruptcy filings in CY 2007. Non-business filings totaled 597,965 in CY 2006. Filings involving business debts, totaled 43,546 in CY 2008, up 54 percent from to 28,322 in CY 2007. Business bankruptcy filings totaled 19,695 in CY 2006.
The last three months of CY 2008 were the first quarter of the Judiciary’s 2009 fiscal year. The number of bankruptcies filed during the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 (October 1-December 31, 2008) was 301,317, up 33 percent from the 226,413 filings in the first quarter of fiscal year 2008.
In CY 2008, filings rose under Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.