There is one mandatory appearance that every debtor has to make in a bankruptcy case. That is the Meeting of Creditors, the 341 meeting, which takes place about a month after your case is filed. Aside from that, it is very rare that you would ever have to go into a bankruptcy court or see a bankruptcy judge. Most of my clients attend the meeting about a month after the case is filed, and that's the only time they have to go down to bankruptcy court.