Do I have to go to court in bankruptcy?

No—you normally do not have to go to court or appear before a judge. What you do have to do is appear with your lawyer at a meeting with the Bankruptcy Trustee who oversees your case. This usually takes no more than five minutes and permits the Trustee to ask general questions about your case. Such meetings are non-adversarial—the Trustee merely wants to ensure that the case is being properly handled.