JUD – South Bend serves the Northern District of Indiana and is responsible for handling
bankruptcy cases throughout 11 counties. The Robert K. Rodibaugh United States Bankruptcy
Courthouse, named in 1997 by an act of Congress, sits on a 1.54-acre campus and includes 2
courtrooms, judges’ chambers, surface and interior parking, clerks’ office space, a visitors’ lounge,
and an entrance vestibule with enhanced security screening.
United States bankruptcy courts act as specialists within the U.S. district courts and have subject
matter jurisdiction over all bankruptcy cases throughout the United States. Because jurisdictional
authority resides only at a federal level and not at a state level, there is a nationwide demand for
the current 94 judicial districts located throughout the United States to manage the large caseload
of bankruptcy petitions filed each year.
JUD – South Bend, a built-to-suit property completed in 1996 and renovated in 2011, is 100%
leased to the General Services Administration on behalf of the United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Northern District of Indiana with just over 10 years remaining on a 15-year lease. Since
its initial construction, significant modifications have been made to meet the specifications of past
and current judges with improvements such as bullet proof-glazed windows, decorative security
bollards, wood paneling, elevated courtroom chamber ceiling heights, and two passenger