Core Proceeding Law and Legal Definition

In bankruptcy law, a proceeding is core if it invokes a substantive right provided by the Bankruptcy Code or by nature could arise only in the context of a bankruptcy case.

One case has held that factors that a court may consider in deciding whether claim is "core" or "non-core" matter are the following:

1. whether claim is not specifically identified as "core" matter in jurisdictional provision;

2. whether claim existed prepetition;

3. whether claim would continue to exist independent of provisions of title 11; and

4. whether parties' rights, obligations, or both are significantly affected as result of debtor's bankruptcy filing