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, 08/31/2015
Holiday Announcement

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.

Thu, 08/20/2015
District Conference & Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting

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 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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.

Mon, 06/29/2015
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 or to the Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, P.O. Box 2164, Spokane, WA 99210-2164, no later than July 29, 2015.

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.
Thu, 04/02/2015
Free Email Notification Available for Debtors

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.

Tue, 02/10/2015
Change in Timing of Collection of Chapter 13 Trustee Fees

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.

Tue, 02/10/2015
Bankruptcy Filings Down in Calendar Year 2014

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.