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.

Mon, 10/05/2015
Federal Bar Elects New Officers and Trustees

At the FBA annual meeting on September 18, 2015, the Federal Bar Association for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington, elected the following officers and trustees for the coming year:

President: Brendan V. Monahan
Vice President: Matthew Alan Campbell
Treasurer: Ronald A. Van Wert
Secretary: Kammi Mencke Smith
Trustee: Dan J. Gibbons
Trustee: Amy M. Mensik

Wed, 09/30/2015
Official Bankruptcy Form Changes, Effective December 1, 2015

The Judicial Conference has approved a number of changes to the Official Bankruptcy Forms. Most Official Forms will be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions. Revised forms and related information may be found here. Attorneys should contact their software vendors for further information and setup instructions.

Wed, 09/30/2015
EZ-Filing Bankruptcy Software Transition

CINgroup’s EZ-Filing software, used by many attorneys to prepare bankruptcy forms, will no longer be updated or supported after November 30, 2015. Additional information may be found here.

Mon, 09/28/2015
Holiday Announcement

The Office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015, in observance of Columbus Day. Electronic Filing will be fully operational.

Mon, 09/21/2015
Proposed Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rule 4001-2 - Notice and Opportunity for Comment

The Court’s Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to LBR 4001-2, Cash Collateral. 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 October 22, 2015.

Mon, 09/14/2015
Proposed Amendments to FRBP 1001 and 1006 - Opportunity to Comment

The public comment period is open for proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 1001 and 1006. The deadline for comments is February 16, 2016. For additional information, click here.

Thu, 07/30/2015
Local Rules Amended

General Order 15-02 amends LBR 1006-1, 2083-1, and 5005-3, effective August 1, 2015. The new rules may be accessed by clicking here. A redline version of the rules may be accessed by clicking here. In addition, Local Form 2083-1F has been amended to correspond to changes in the Local Rule.

Thu, 06/18/2015
Statement Regarding Social Security Number

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.

Wed, 05/13/2015
Declaration Regarding Payments (LBR 1007-1)

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.

Fri, 04/17/2015
United States Trustee Announces Interim Trustee for Spokane Cases
Due to the recent resignation of two trustees from the Spokane panel of Chapter 7 trustees, the United States Trustee will appoint David P. Gardner, a Chapter 7 trustee in the District of Idaho, to serve as the trustee in Spokane Chapter 7 cases. Mr. Gardner's appointment will commence April 2015 and continue until the United States Trustee is able to advertise, appoint, and train a new panel trustee. Meetings of creditors in cases in which Mr. Gardner is serving as trustee will be held on Tuesdays in Spokane.