News & Announcements
The Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to several local bankruptcy rules. Redline versions of the affected rules can be found here.
Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, P.O. Box 2164, Spokane, WA 99210-2164, no later than July 29, 2015.
Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(f) requires each debtor to submit a verified statement setting out the debtor’s social security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), or stating that the debtor does not have a number. Neither a social security number nor an ITIN are required to file bankruptcy. A Statement of Social Security Number (Official Form B21) may be submitted by mailing the original to the court. Electronic filers should submit Official Form B21 by filing it with the docket event “Statement of Social Security Number”, which automatically restricts the document from public view. If a debtor becomes aware that any information on the verified statement is incorrect, Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1009(c) requires the debtor to promptly submit an amended verified statement and provide notice to creditors. The amended statement should be submitted using the docket event “Statement of Social Security Number – Amended”. To protect the debtor’s personally identifiable information, Official Form B21 should not be attached to the Certificate of Mailing.
Local Bankruptcy Rule 1007-1 requires each debtor file a Declaration Regarding Payments (Local Form 1007-3), and attach payment advices (if applicable). The new docket event for filing the requisite form is Declaration Regarding Payment Advices (LBR 1007-3). The former docket event for filing payment advices--Payment Advices/Employment Income Records/Paystubs--has been retired.
Debtors can now receive same day email notification of orders and court-generated notices. Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN) is free and easy to set up. For more information and registration instructions, go to the home page and select “Free Bankruptcy Noticing”, or call 509-458-5300.
In calendar year 2014, there was a 12.6 percent drop in cases filed across the country. During the 12-month period ending December 31, 2014, 936,795 cases were filed, down from the 1,071,932 cases filed in calendar year 2013. In the Eastern District of Washington, there was a 9.7 percent drop in cases filed. During the 12-month period ending December 31, 2014, 4,566 cases were filed, down from 5,057 filed in calendar year 2013. From 2013 to 2014, Chapter 7 cases decreased 9 percent, Chapter 13 cases decreased 11.6 percent, and Chapter 11 cases decreased 44 percent.
The Executive Office of the United States Trustee has directed Chapter 13 trustees to take the statutorily allowed percentage fee at the time of receipt of the plan payment rather than at the time of disbursement. Locally, this change will be effective March 6, 2015. Click here for more information.
Debtors can now request to receive orders and court generated notices in their case by email rather than by U.S. mail. This new free program is called Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN). Click here for additional information.