News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Thu, 07/24/2014
New Text-Only Event for Certificate of Service
Electronic filers can now use a new text-only event to file a certificate of service. Filers can find the event under Bankruptcy>Certificate of Service>Certificate of Service – text only.
Wed, 07/23/2014
PACER Service Center Maintenance August 7-10, 2014

The PACER Service Center will perform maintenance to their system, which will affect access to PACER (including search and login functions), the ability to issue new PACER accounts, and PACER account management. This will not affect the court's ECF system - electronic filing will remain fully operational. For further information click here.

Thu, 06/26/2014
Important Information for eFinCert Filers

Effective July 1, 2014, approved providers of personal financial management instructional courses (debtor education) using eFinCert will need a PACER login to file certificates in the Eastern District of Washington. Course providers can use the PACER login for bankruptcy courts nationwide. Information on how to obtain a login can be accessed here.

Wed, 06/25/2014
Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rules – Notice and Opportunity for Comment

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 localrulecomments@waeb.uscourts.gov or to the Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, P.O. Box 2164, Spokane, WA, 99210-2164, no later than July 25, 2014.

Tue, 06/17/2014
Supplement to Schedule I (Form B6I) and Schedule J (Form B6J) – New Event

Historically, Schedule I and J forms were used when filing or amending schedules; however, the Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee determined that they may also be used as a supplement to the initial filing.  In reaching this determination, the Committee noted that “some courts are using Schedules I and J in analyzing proposed chapter 13 plans and potential modification of those plans or when a debtor’s financial circumstances change.”

These supplemental filings are distinguishable from Schedules I and J, which are required to be filed as part of the original schedules and statements under F.R.B.P 1007(b)(1).  This supplemental information is intended to inform and not amend previously reported information.  (The filer would use the “amendment” check box and amended schedule event if the purpose is to correct information from the original filing).

The Court has created a new event to facilitate the filing of Schedules I and J as supplements.  This event is called “Schedules I and J – Supplement to” and can be found under Bankruptcy/Miscellaneous.

Thu, 06/05/2014
National Form Amendments Effective June 1, 2014

In correlation with the approved administrative fee increase effective June 1, 2014, Official Bankruptcy Forms 3A (Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments) and 3B (Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived) have been amended. Director’s Procedural Forms B200 and B201A are revised as well to reflect the increase in the administrative fee for bankruptcy cases. The most current forms can be found at http://www.uscourts.gov/FormsAndFees/Forms/BankruptcyForms.aspx .

Fri, 05/16/2014
Change in Filing Declaration of No Objections

Effective June 2, 2014, electronic filers will no longer need to create a separate pdf for a Declaration of No Objections under LBR 9013‐1(c)(1). A new "Declaration of No Objections (text only)" event will be available in ECF. The event will prompt the filer for information regarding the Motion and Certificate of Service, and file a text‐only Declaration on the docket. You can find the event by typing "declaration" in the search bar in ECF.

Fri, 04/11/2014
Increased Bankruptcy Filing Fees, Effective June 1, 2014

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved two amendments to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule at its March 2014 session. One amendment increases the adversary filing fee in bankruptcy proceedings from $293 to $350. The other amendment increases the administrative fee assessed at the filing of a bankruptcy case to $75 for Chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases and $550 for Chapter 9, 11, and 15 cases. This amendment increases the overall cost of filing under: (1) Chapter 7 from $306 to $335; (2) Chapter 12 from $246 to $275; (3) Chapter 13 from $281 to $310; and (4) Chapters 9, 11, and 15 from $1,213 to $1,717. The Conference also approved applying the new administrative fees to "divided" cases where a "joint" bankruptcy case is later divided into two cases. The amended fee schedule will require the payment of a second fee when the case is divided. A redline version of the revised fee schedule incorporating the changes can be accessed by clicking here.

Thu, 04/10/2014
Local Rules Amended

General Order 14-01 amends LBR 1007-1, 2002-1, 2016-1, 2083-1, 3007-1, 9010-1, 9013-1, and 9073-1, and adopts new LBR 3002.1-1, effective April 10, 2014. A redline version of the rules may be accessed by clicking here.