Things may be looking up for creditors of Mt. Gox, which was the world's biggest bitcoin exchange before going in flames after saying thousands of bitcoins had disappeared.

The Tokyo District Court on Friday approved the start of civil rehabilitation proceedings, meaning the bankruptcy process that has been underway since 2014 will be put on hold, according to a document posted on This may mean traders will finally get their bitcoins back.

In Japanese bankruptcy proceedings, nonmonetary claims such as bitcoin are converted into traditional money based on the value of the asset at the start of the proceedings, the statement said. That means creditors will not reap the rewards of the token's price appreciation in recent years. But the document indicates that in the case of Mt. Gox's civil rehabilitation process, the bitcoins will not be turned into monetary claims, indicating creditors could be reimbursed in bitcoins at current prices.