The Office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day. Electronic Filing will be fully operational.
News & Announcements
The District Conference and the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting will be jointly hosted by the District of Idaho, and will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Spokane Convention Center. Please click on the links provided to view the agenda and registration / FBA membership renewal form.
Board Officers and Trustees for 2015-2016 will be elected at this upcoming conference and meeting. The EDWA Federal Bar Association is seeking nominations for one Trustee position on its Board. Trustees serve a two-year term, and assist the officers in serving as the primary liaison between the Federal Bench and the attorneys who practice before the District Federal Courts as well as providing help with organizing and hosting the annual conference and meeting. Please send nominations via email to Matthew Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.