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.

Fri, 10/31/2014
Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rule 7054-1 – Notice and Opportunity for Comment

Chief Judge Corbit has approved for publication amendments to LBR 7054-1, Costs; Attorney’s Fees. A redline version of the rule can be found here.

Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted to or to the Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, P.O. Box 2164, Spokane, WA 99210-2164, through November 30, 2014.

Thu, 10/30/2014
Fee Changes Effective December 1, 2014

At its September 2014 session, the Judicial Conference approved amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. The Conference approved a fee increase of $50 (from $157 to $207) when a direct bankruptcy appeal is accepted by a court of appeals. The Conference also approved two amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule that were developed in connection with a new national policy establishing filing and notice procedures for requests to redact personal identifiers from large volumes of court filings in multiple cases, including closed cases. The Conference established a $25 fee (Item 21) to file a motion to make redactions to previously filed records in a bankruptcy case. The fee is intended to be charged for each affected case, but courts may waive the fee under appropriate circumstances. The Conference also endorsed a new exception to the reopening fee for a closed bankruptcy case (Item 11) to clarify that the reopening fee does not apply if redaction is the only purpose for reopening the case. The Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule effective December 1, 2014, is available by clicking here.

Mon, 10/27/2014
Holiday Announcement

The Office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk will be closed Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in observance of Veterans Day. Electronic Filing will be fully operational.

Thu, 10/16/2014
Systems Upgrade - Electronic Services Unavailable

Electronic filing (CM/ECF), PACER, and the telephone case information system (McVCIS) will be unavailable Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 08:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In the event of a critical need to file a petition or pleadings during this time, please call 509-458-5320.

Tue, 10/14/2014
Vacancy Announcement - Judicial Term Law Clerk

For more information please click here.

Fri, 10/03/2014
New Chief Bankruptcy Judge Appointed

Judge Frederick P. Corbit has been appointed to serve as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, effective September 20, 2014.

Fri, 10/03/2014
Changes in Official Bankruptcy Forms, Effective December 1, 2014

On September 16, 2014, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved the following amendments to the Official Bankruptcy Forms, effective December 1, 2014:

Official Forms 3A (Application for individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments) and 3B (Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived) are revised to remove references to fee amounts.

Official Form B6Sum (Summary) is revised to update line number cross references to the revised means test forms (Official Forms 22A-1, 22A-1 Supp, 22A-2, 22B, 22C-1 and 22C-2).

Official Forms 17A (Notice of Appeal and Statement of Election), 17B (Optional Appellee Statement of Election to Proceed in District Court) and 17C (Certificate of Compliance with Rule 8015(a)(7)(B) and 8016(d)(2)) are new forms set to go into effect with the revised bankruptcy appellate rules.

Official Forms 22A-1 (Chapter 7 Statement of Your Monthly Income), 22A-1 Supp (Statement of Exemption from Presumption of Abuse Under §707(b)(2)), 22A-2 (Chapter 7 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income), 22B (Chapter 11 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income), 22C-1 (Chapter 13 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period) and 22C-2 (Chapter 13 Calculation of Your Disposable Income) are the revised means test forms. These forms are revised to accommodate changes in the law as a result of Supreme Court precedent and as part of the Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee’s ongoing Forms Modernization Project.

Click here for amended forms.

Thu, 09/25/2014
From Coast to Coast, Judiciary Celebrates New Citizens

What is it like to become an American citizen? Video clips from 16 federal courts show a unique day in which 8,500 immigrants were naturalized as part of a coast-to-coast celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The federal Judiciary conducted a total of 29 naturalizations Sept. 16-18, with more than 1,500 school students participating or observing.

Tue, 09/09/2014
Federal Bar Association Board News

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Washington, recently announced its newly-elected board. In addition, they are accepting applications for three (3) Lawyer Representatives to serve as FBA board members and representatives to the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Please click on the links provided for details and contact information.

Fri, 08/15/2014
Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules Posted for Public Comment.
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to the bankruptcy rules and forms. The proposed amendments and forms are available on the U.S. Courts website and may be accessed by clicking here. The public comment period ends February 17, 2015.