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Federal bankruptcy court in Oklahoma to relocate to Muskogee

July 23, 2018

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will relocate this fall to a city east of its current location.

The bankruptcy court announced July 12 that it will move from the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in downtown Okmulgee to the Ed Edmondson Federal Courthouse in Muskogee effective Oct. 1, the Tulsa World reported .

“We have a beautiful courtroom here that we’ll miss a lot, but we wanted to save taxpayers some money,” said Therese Buthod, clerk of the court for the Eastern District’s bankruptcy court.

The Muskogee site is the same building housing the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Eastern District’s bankruptcy court has been held in the Okmulgee building since 1965 with the exception for court clerk functions and supporting staff, which worked out of a nearby office building prior to 1984, Buthod said. The bankruptcy court has one judge and 14 office staff.

“Nobody lost a job because of the move,” Buthod said.

Oklahoma’s federal courts are divided into three districts, with the Eastern District serving 27 counties. The Northern District bankruptcy and district courts are both located in Tulsa, while the Western District bankruptcy and district courts are in Oklahoma City.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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