Federal Courts are broken up into three different types – Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy. Each of these groups have three levels, similar to state courts. There are the District Courts (94 trial courts), who are heard on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals (there are 12 Court of Appeals which are referred to by their District Number; the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeals from district courts in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and Montana), and the US Court of Appeals can appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
Each of the 94 federal judicial districts handles bankruptcy matters as well, and in almost all districts, bankruptcy cases are filed in the bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy cases cannot be filed in state court. Bankruptcy laws help people who can no longer pay their creditors get a fresh start by liquidating their assets to pay their debts, or by creating a repayment plan.