News & Announcements: June, 2014

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.

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 .