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, 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.
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.

Mon, 02/09/2015
Local Rule 1007-1 Amended

General Order 15-01, effective February 9, 2015, amends LBR 1007-1: Lists, Schedules, Statements and Other Documents. The amended rule requires filing of a Declaration Regarding Payments (Local Form 1007-3). The new rule may be accessed by clicking here.

Thu, 02/05/2015
Free Electronic Noticing of Orders and Court Generated Notices Now Available for Debtors

Debtors can now request to receive orders and court generated notices in their case by email rather than by U.S. mail. This new free program is called Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN). Click here for additional information.