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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.

Thu, 08/17/2017

The Eastern District of Washington’s annual conference and the Federal Bar Association’s annual meeting will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. The event will also be video-streamed at the U.S. District Courthouses in...

Wed, 08/09/2017

Local Bankruptcy Rule 1009-1 outlines the procedure for amending Voluntary Petitions, schedules, lists and statements.  When a schedule is amended to include additional...

Thu, 08/03/2017

The Eastern District of Washington’s annual conference and the Federal Bar Association’s annual meeting will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. Please see the attached ...

Wed, 08/02/2017

Corrections have been made to pages 5-6 of the court’s newly-adopted Chapter 13 Plan (LF 2083), which can be viewed here. Its use will become effective on December 1, 2017...

Tue, 08/01/2017

General Order 17-01 amends LBR 1017-4, LBR 2002-1, LBR 3007-1, LBR 5005-3, LBR 9013-1, and LBR 9019-2. The amendments to LBR 3007-1 will be effective December 1, 2017. The remainder of amended rules are effective August 1, 2017. The new rules may...

Mon, 07/31/2017

The court has adopted a new Chapter 13 Plan (LF 2083), which can be viewed here. Its use will become effective on December 1, 2017.

Thu, 07/27/2017

The Administrative Office for the U.S. Courts reports bankruptcy case filings fell 2.8 percent for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2017, compared with the year ending June 30, 2016.  The June 2017 annual bankruptcy filings totaled 796,037,...

Thu, 07/27/2017

Kennewick Public Hospital District filed a chapter 9 bankruptcy petition on June 30, 2017.  The deadline to file a Proof of Claim is December 29, 2017.  To view the Notice of Deadlines for Filing Proof of Claim and access the claim form, please...

Fri, 06/30/2017

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Washington, invites applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of Career Law Clerk or Judicial Assistant. The position is open until filled, and is set to begin on October 1, 2017...

Thu, 06/29/2017

The Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to six local bankruptcy rules. Redline versions of the affected rules can be found here.

Please send comments to...

Thu, 06/15/2017

The court’s standing advisory committee is composed of the judges of the court, the president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association, the Clerk of Court, representatives from the office of the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Trustee, the Chapter 12 and 13...

Thu, 06/08/2017

The court has implemented a new local form, Motion for Waiver of Credit Counseling (LF 1007-3), which is available on the court’s website at www.waeb.uscourts.gov under the heading Code, Rules &...

Wed, 04/26/2017

ET Research, Inc., doing business as Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers (Beaverton, Bellevue, Boise, and Spokane), filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition on April 20, 2017. To access the Notice of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case, please click...

Thu, 04/13/2017

This newsletter is intended to provide helpful tips, reminders and information on changes, additions and procedural revisions that affect all parties who file in our Court. To view the first edition, please click...

Fri, 03/03/2017

Effective April 1, 2017, the following new CM/ECF events must be used when initiating a deposit or disbursement of funds under 28 U.S.C. 1335. 

Interpleader Deposits: 

Bankruptcy Events > Motions/Applications >...

Tue, 02/14/2017

Gail B. Geiger, Acting United States Trustee for Region 18, has appointed Matthew J. Anderton to the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the Eastern District of Washington, effective February 10, 2017.  He will be appointed in cases filed in Yakima,...

Fri, 02/03/2017

Attached you will find a flyer announcing an essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. The U.S. District...

Tue, 01/31/2017

Updated Poverty Guidelines – The Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and used for considering applications to proceed in forma pauperis have been updated for 2017. View the 2017 Poverty Guidelines...

Fri, 12/09/2016

General Order 16-02 amends LBR 4001-3 and LBR 7008-1, effective December 10, 2016. The new rules may be accessed by clicking here. A redline version of the rules may be accessed...

Thu, 12/01/2016

Amendments to the following Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are effective today: 

Rule 1010 – Service of Involuntary Petition and Summons
Rule 1011 – Responsive Pleading or Motion in Involuntary Cases
Rule 1012 (New...

Wed, 11/09/2016

Several Official Bankruptcy Forms will be amended effective December 1, 2016.  Forms 420A and 420B (Notice of Motion or Objection and Notice of Objection to Claim) will be amended to conform to the numbering scheme of the Forms Modernization...

Tue, 11/08/2016

The Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to two local bankruptcy rules. Redline versions of the affected rules can be found here.

Please send...

Mon, 11/07/2016

The Eastern District of Washington has recently added the option to receive notification of opinions through the court’s RSS Feed. Click here and subscribe to start receiving notification of...

Fri, 11/04/2016

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved inflationary adjustments to fees on the bankruptcy court miscellaneous fee schedule. Additional information on the changes can be accessed by clicking...

Tue, 11/01/2016

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 3015 and adoption of new Rule 3015.1, which may be viewed by clicking...

Wed, 10/19/2016

As required by the E-Government Act of 2002, the court posts the written opinions of the bankruptcy judges in the Eastern District of Washington on its website. Click here to review...

Fri, 10/14/2016

The Office of the United States Trustee is seeking resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the panel of trustees who administer Chapter 7 cases. For more information click...

Thu, 10/06/2016

On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau made the Updated Census Bureau Median Family Income Data available online.

This data...

Fri, 09/23/2016

The Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington will hold its Annual Conference and CLE on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Yakima Convention Center.  The event will also be video-streamed at the U.S. District Courthouses in...

Mon, 07/25/2016

General Order 16-01 amends LBR 2082-1 and 4001-1, effective August 1, 2016. The new rules may be accessed by clicking here. A redline version of the rules may be accessed by...

Tue, 07/05/2016

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has published proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 3015, and adoption of a new Bankruptcy Rule 3015.1. The proposed amendments and new rule are available on the U.S. Courts website...

Tue, 06/28/2016

Across the country, bankruptcy cases fell 8.5 percent for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2016, compared with the year ending March 31, 2015. The March 2016 annual bankruptcy filings totaled 833,515, compared with 911,086 cases in the year...

Mon, 06/13/2016

The Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to two local bankruptcy rules. Redline versions of the affected rules can be found here.

Please send comments to...

Fri, 06/03/2016

On May 31, 2016, General Order No. 16-1140-1 was approved by the Article III judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of...

Tue, 05/31/2016

Members of the bar are invited to attend a Brown Bag CLE on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, 6450 North Mineral Drive, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Chief United States Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush...

Thu, 05/19/2016

The Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington will hold its 26th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar and Retreat on June 10 & 11 at Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, Washington. The featured speaker is Nancy B. Rapoport...

Wed, 03/23/2016

On April 1, 2016, automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision in Title 28 of the United States Code will become effective.  The adjusted dollar amounts will apply to cases...

Fri, 02/19/2016

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Montana. The position will become available on or after January 31, 2017, upon the...

Fri, 02/05/2016

The Federal Bar Association is accepting applications for a Lawyer Representative position from the Eastern District of Washington to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Lawyer Representatives are appointed by the Judges of the U.S. District...

Mon, 11/23/2015

The new bankruptcy forms approved by the Judicial Conference take effect on December 1, 2015, and govern in all proceedings in bankruptcy cases thereafter commenced and, insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings then pending.

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Mon, 11/16/2015

Bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts for fiscal year (FY) 2015 - the 12-month period ending September 30, 2015 - totaled 860,182, down 11 percent from the 963,739 filings in FY 2014. Filings in the Eastern District of Washington for FY 15...

Mon, 11/16/2015

The December 1, 2015 effective date for The Judiciary Conference’s approved changes to Official Bankruptcy Forms is rapidly approaching. Most Official Forms will be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and...