The United States Trustee program is a division of the Department of Justice overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases. A trustee is a public official whose responsibility is to ensure that the public interest is being properly served during a bankruptcy case.
The U.S Trustee office was first established in 1978 by the Bankruptcy Reform Act and became a permanent office in 1986. The United States is divided into regions, and the Attorney General appoints a trustee to each region.
As stated in the USTP Mission Statement:
“The mission of the United States Trustee Program is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the public
Supervises Bankruptcy Cases.”
The U.S. Trustee is also responsible for overseeing the work of the trustees and make sure that the estates are being honestly and competently administered. The trustee monitors Chapter 11, Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, making sure the debtors are properly filing fees, schedules, reports and watching for debtor abuse or other illegal behavior. The trustee also assists the US. Attorney in prosecuting crimes committed in the course of a bankruptcy case.
The trustee may examine the debtor, recommend dismissal of the bankruptcy case or object to discharge. The trustee can appear before the court during various processes of the case.
Department of Justice
For more information on what the Office of the U.S. Trustee does, please visit the DOJ website.
If you are considering bankruptcy as a way out of overwhelming debt, please contact a Columbus bankruptcy attorney who knows the law and can navigate you through the bankruptcy process.