News & Announcements

08/31/2020

 

Updated August 31, 2020

U.S. TRUSTEE PROGRAM EXTENDS TELEPHONIC OR VIDEO SECTION 341 MEETINGS

The U.S. Trustee Program has extended the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted by...

09/15/2020

The Washington Western Bankruptcy Court (WAWB) is launching a series of practice tips designed to benefit new and seasoned bankruptcy professionals. Each article in the series will focus on a different aspect of a bankruptcy case or procedure....

08/31/2020

The U.S. Trustee Program has extended the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted by telephone or video appearance to all cases filed during the period of the...

08/27/2020

The District Court will enter an order extending the closure of the courthouses through October 4, 2020. Accordingly, the Bankruptcy Court presently expects that limited in-court evidentiary proceedings and trials will not commence ...

08/21/2020

Because of the strong interest bankruptcy practitioners expressed in regard to the Western District of Washington Bankruptcy Court’s Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program survey, the deadline for responding has been further extended to ...

08/17/2020

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to various rules. These proposed changes, and the advisory committees' reports explaining the proposed rule changes, are...

07/22/2020

The Western District of Washington Bankruptcy Court announces online payment options for those not registered in the CM/ECF electronic filing system.  Payment of court fees (filing fees and installment payments, copies, recordings of hearings,...

07/21/2020

Given the limited access to the courthouses and other filing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has made available the following temporary electronic filing option for parties without an attorney (debtors and creditors). Such...

07/20/2020

The Western District of Washington Bankruptcy Court's Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program is seeking input and feedback from bankruptcy practitioners through the survey link below. Responses are welcome from both practitioners who have used the...

06/26/2020

New PACER Website

Check out PACER's newly redesigned, informational and resource website, https://pacer.uscourts.gov.

The website provides information about how the public can access...

06/01/2020

The Seattle U.S. Trustee's office is currently seeking an experienced bankruptcy attorney to join the office as a trial attorney.  

Details of the position, and required qualifications can be found at: ...

06/01/2020

Effective June 3, a new event will be available in ECF for docketing a notice of substantial consummation of a Subchapter V plan of reorganization.  Not later than 14 days after the plan of the debtor is substantially consummated, the debtor...

04/27/2020

In January, the Court entered General Order 2020-1, adopting Interim Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to implement the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019.  In March, 2020,...

04/14/2020

The District Court has entered General Order 7-20 which extends the closing of the Seattle and Tacoma courthouses to the general public for an additional 30 days to May 13, 2020. The Bankruptcy Court will continue to hear non-evidentiary matters...

03/26/2020

Given the transition to telephonic hearings in most matters, there are questions as to how hearings should be noticed.
 
If a matter was originally set for a physical hearing location, and will now be conducted telephonically per...

03/24/2020

The Court has entered a general order adopting interim procedures to clarify the need for a physical signature under Local Bankruptcy Rule 5005-1(d)(2). General...

03/18/2020

Judge Lynch has announced that his March 31 calendar in Vancouver will be held telephonically. In addition, Judge Lynch’s March 25 calendar in Tacoma will be held telephonically. Guidance and instructions are listed below.
 
Judge...

03/17/2020

Judge Dore's Chapter 13 Calendar on March 18 will be held telephonically.  Please contact Judge Dore's chambers for instructions and dial in information: 206-370-5300.

03/17/2020

On March 17, in furtherance of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the District Court entered a General Order closing the courthouses in Seattle and Tacoma...

03/16/2020

Judge Barreca's calendars for March 19 (Seattle), April 1 (Everett) and April 2 (Seattle) will be telephonic only. Instructions and guidelines for telephonic appearances are as follows:

Instructions
(1) Dial: 1-888-363-4749...

03/16/2020

The courthouses in Seattle and Tacoma, and the bankruptcy clerk's offices remain open to the public.  However, in keeping with local and national recommendations to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Clerk's offices in Seattle and Tacoma are...

03/16/2020

The United States Trustee has announced the following: 

All in-person chapter 7,12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020, are hereby continued until a later date to be determined. Absent special circumstances,...

03/13/2020

In light of the public health circumstances that our community is currently facing, the Pro Se Bankruptcy Clinic at the Seattle Courhouse will NOT be held in person on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Instead, those seeking to attend the clinic can...

03/12/2020

Judge Alston’s ‪March 19‬ and ‪March 20‬ Seattle Calendars to be held by Telephone Only*

*Instructions to Participate
(1) Dial: ‪1-888-363-4749‬
(2) Enter Access Code: 8955076#...

03/11/2020

In accordance with direction from the United States Trustee, chapter 7 and chapter 13 trustees will accommodate all reasonable requests for continuances of section 341 meetings by debtors who are concerned about exposure to COVID-19.

...

03/06/2020

Seattle and King County Public Health recommend that people at higher risk of severe illness should limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. https://www....

03/02/2020

The Court is pleased to announce a new version of the ChapMobile app is now available. The ChapMobile app is a free mobile app that will display the Court’s hearing calendars, organized by judge. In addition, the user can view 341 Meetings and...

02/27/2020

The Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee (“LBR Committee”) is typically reactivated and reconstituted every few years to review and improve this District’s local rules. The LBR Committee is currently chaired by Judge Dore and is otherwise made up...

02/07/2020

National and Local Rule Changes Implementing the SBRA

The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (the SBRA) becomes effective on February 19, 2020. To implement the SBRA's substantive and procedural changes to...

02/04/2020

Attached are the power point slides from the recent bench bar presentations on the Small Business Reform Act. The Court thanks Zach Cooper, Krystal Mikkilineni, Hilary Bramwell Mohr, Samuel Dart, and Laurie Thornton for participating in the panel...

01/28/2020

The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (the SBRA) becomes effective on February 19, 2020. To implement the SBRA's substantive and procedural changes to the Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Judicial Conference...

01/22/2020

Judges Heston and Lynch announce new procedures for motions to shorten time.  Effective January 23, 2020, all motions for shortening time filed in the W.D. Washington will follow the same procedure.  Specific information is set forth on the...

01/03/2020

The Court will host three bench/bar events in January and February.  Presentations will include a discussion of recent bankruptcy legislation: The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, The HAVEN Act, and The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019...

12/11/2019

The Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program announces the appointment of attorneys Latife Neu and Thomas Neeleman to the Program's Executive Committee. Ms. Neu and Mr. Neeleman will fill positions vacated by Ann Marshall and Geoff Groshong. The Court...

11/25/2019

A number of national and local bankruptcy rule and form amendments go into effect on December 1, 2019.  Below is a summary of those changes. Please refer to the website links and the text of the actual rules and forms for specific information....

11/22/2019

November 28th and 29th - In observance of Thanksgiving Day.

December 24th - In observance of Christmas Eve

December 25th - In observance of Christmas Day

January 1, 2020 - In observance of New Year's Day

11/13/2019

The Bankruptcy Court’s Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program recently hosted a successful seminar focused on improving the understanding and management of implicit bias in mediation and arbitration. Many thanks to the distinguished...

11/04/2019

The United States Trustee Program is accepting applications for a trial attorney for its Seattle office.  For more information see the announcement: https://www.justice.gov/...

11/01/2019

Mark your calendars for the following bench bar meetings scheduled in early 2020:

Seattle - January 16, 2020, 3 - 4:30 pm with reception following
Tacoma - January 22, 2020, 3 - 4:30 pm with reception following
Vancouver-...

10/29/2019

PUBLIC NOTICE
SOLICITATION OF APPLICANTS TO SERVE AS SUBCHAPTER V TRUSTEES

        The United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered...

10/23/2019

Bankruptcy Attorney - Seattle, Washington

The Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for Seattle has an immediate opening for a full time bankruptcy attorney.  The attorney will review cases, conduct meetings of creditors and represent the Trustee...

10/01/2019

The Court announces the appointment of the Honorable Marc L. Barreca as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Washington Bankruptcy Court. Judge Barreca's term as Chief will commence on October 1, 2019. The Court also acknowledges...

09/24/2019

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from highly qualified applicants for the position of Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Idaho. Applications must be received by the Ninth Circuit by Thursday, November 14. ...

09/16/2019

The Western Washington Bankruptcy Court’s Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program is pleased to host a seminar to aid lawyers and ADR neutrals in improving their understanding and management of implicit bias in mediation and...

07/02/2019

The Seattle Chapter 13 Trustee will host a Bench / Bar / Trustee brown bag lunch meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from Noon to 2:00 pm at One Union Square, 600 University Street, Seattle,...

03/19/2019

Automatic adjustments will be made on April 1, 2019, to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, one provision in Title 28, seven Official Bankruptcy Forms which contain adjusted dollar amounts, the Instructions for...

01/30/2019

In anticipation of the implementation of NextGen CM/ECF, the Court has entered General Order 2019-2, adopting amended Electronic Filing Procedures. The amended Electronic Filing Procedures...

01/23/2019

In cases filed after January 31, 2019, attorneys representing debtors in chapter 13 cases may be awarded fees of up to $4,000 (the "presumptive fee") without the need to first file a written fee application.  The Court has signed...

01/03/2019

A series of bench/bar events was held in early 2019. Topics included recent developments in Washington state homestead law (and bankruptcy implications), a summary of recent developments in commercial law, and an overview of changes related to...

10/02/2018

Effective January 1, 2019, matters formerly heard in Marysville will be heard at the Everett Station, 3201 Smith Avenue,...

09/07/2018

The Ninth Circuit is recruiting to fill two bankruptcy judge vacancies. The vacancy in the Eastern District of Washington, Yakima, has an application deadline of November 8. The vacancy in Eastern District of California, Fresno, is due November 1...

09/06/2018

After more than 19 years as the Chapter 13 Trustee in Seattle, Mike Fitzgerald will retire effective September 30, 2018. The United States Trustee has announced the appointment of Jason Wilson-Aguilar as the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for...

06/01/2018

The Court is pleased to announce it is expanding the use of digital audio on the case docket. Effective January 2, 2019, digital audio recordings of most Chapter 7, 11, and 13 hearings, as well as trials and evidentiary hearings will be...

04/24/2018

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, announced that the operator of a business that abused bankruptcy...

03/08/2018

The U.S.Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington is pleased to introduce ChapMobile, a free mobile app that displays Confirmed Hearings and 341 Meetings in a user-friendly format. A go-to app for attorneys and trustees who want to...

02/02/2018

The Federal Bar and NW Consumer Law Center operate a free bankruptcy clinic for unrepresented debtors.  The clinic is held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the1st & 3rd Thursdays of...

11/21/2017

Reminder: Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the local rules of bankruptcy procedure for the Western District of Washington will become effective December 1, 2017. 

Clean and redline versions of the amended local...

11/13/2017

At recent bench bar meetings in Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, Judge Dore and the Chapter 13 Trustees discussed practice tips and pitfalls for working with the new local chapter 13 form plan that will be effective Dec. 1, 2017.  An outline of...

10/18/2017

Did you know that there is a workroom in the Seattle courthouse that is available for attorneys to use while between calendars or on a break from a trial or hearing? Room 7411 on the 7th Floor of the Courthouse is supplied with desks, phones, a...

09/28/2017

Effective Wednesday, October 4, 2017, electronic filers may request an exemplified document through CM/ECF. The ECF event "Request for Exemplification of Document (fee)" is docketed to a case and linked to the document requiring certification....

09/21/2017

Effective December 1, 2017, local and national rule and form amendments will bring significant changes to local chapter 13 practice, particularly due to the adoption of a new local form chapter 13 plan. The chapter 13 trustees and the court will...

08/11/2017

The Judicial Conference...

08/03/2017

The Court has signed General Order 2017-4, amending Local Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9029-2, effective September 1, 2017.

General Order 2017-4

06/16/2017

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington solicits comments, pursuant to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9029, on proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Local Bankruptcy Forms,...

05/17/2017

Beginning June 1st, electronic filers may request a certified document through CM/ECF. The ECF event "Request for Certification of Document (fee)" is docketed to a case and linked to the document requiring certification. The $11.00 certification...

05/16/2017

You are invited to The Court's Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program seminar on the use of mediation in bankruptcy.

Date:                       Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time:                       1:30...

05/05/2017

Effective May 15, 2017, chapter 13 trustees will again pay filing fee installments from pre-confirmation plan payments in cases where the debtor is authorized to pay the filing fee in installments.  The Court has vacated General Order 2017-2,...

02/23/2017

Parties inquiring about vehicle titles should contact Julie Beavers at Washington State Department of Licensing, JBeavers@DOL.WA.GOV 360-902-3748.

02/14/2017

Effective March 1, 2017, the Court will remove from CM/ECF the text only hearing confirmation event entitled "Notice to Court of Unopposed Motion." This event is no longer necessary.  If a motion is unopposed, the filing of a "Declaration of No...

02/13/2017

The Seattle Clerk's Office will no longer maintain two separate phone lines for questions and assistance.  The ECF Help phone line (206-370-5280) is being phased out.  All calls, whether for general assistance or for ECF filing questions, should...

02/03/2017

The Court has entered a General Order, GO-2017-1, stating that effective Monday, February 6, a request to disqualify a bankruptcy judge shall be made by motion and determined by the...

01/19/2017

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced the appointment of Mary Jo Heston to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. Judge Heston's term will be effective February 1, 2017.  She will fill a vacancy resulting from the...

01/03/2017

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has issued his 2016 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary (pdf), highlighting the work performed by U.S. District judges....

12/06/2016

The Court will host a series of bench bar meetings in January, 2017.  Each meeting will include an overview of the December 2016 local and national rule and form changes and feature a panel discussion on Chapter 7 issues. The chapter 7 panel will...

11/21/2016

Amendments to Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Local Forms

The Court has adopted amendments to the Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure for the Western District of Washington, as well as amendments to Local Bankruptcy Forms,...

10/31/2016

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington has announced an increase in attorney admission fees, effective December 1, 2016. The one-time fee for admission to practice in the Western District of Washington will...

10/26/2016

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved inflationary adjustments to federal court miscellaneous fee schedules. The following bankruptcy fee increases will become effective December 1, 2016:

Amendments - $31

CD-Rom...

09/12/2016

Effective immediately, the fee for a nonresident attorney to participate pro hac vice in a bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding is increased to $226.00, per order of the United States District Court,  Western District of Washington....

09/08/2016

The Local Rules Committee of the Western District of Washington announces proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. The proposed amended rules, a related proposed local form, and proposed amendments to two existing local...

08/12/2016

The Judicial Conference has proposed amendments to several rules and forms, including amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1, 5005, 8002, 8006, 8011, 8013, 8015, 8016, 8017, and new Rule 8018.1, 8022, 8023 and additional new Official Forms.  The...

08/11/2016

Please note that Judge Barreca has added to his chambers procedures new requirements that are to be followed for submission of discovery disputes to him.

08/09/2016

Repeat filer information is now included on the case docket. An automated repeat filer entry is docketed in every case where a debtor has a prior bankruptcy case history, in this district and others, and includes prior case numbers and case...

07/18/2016

Effective immediately, attorneys with a CM/ECF account in this district may sign up to receive courtesy notification of the electronic filing of documents.  By docketing a request for Courtesy Notification of Electronic Filing (NEF) to a case,...

07/11/2016

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved publication of proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 3015 and proposed new Rule 3015.1.  The period for public comment ends October 3, 2016.

04/05/2016

NW Territorial Mint LLC filed a chapter 11 case on April 1, 2016, in the Western District of Washington. and was assigned case number 16-11767.  The following information is provided to assist claimants and others interested in the case.

1...

03/22/2016

Effective April 1, 2016, dollar amounts stated in various provisions of Title 11 and Title 28 of the U.S. Code will adjust to keep pace with the Consumer Price Index, as required by statute.  Seven of the Official Bankruptcy Forms and three of...

03/21/2016

Effective March 29, 2016, ECF participants will be able to electronically file an application for a writ and receive the issued writ through ECF.

See Obtaining a Writ of Garnishment.

 

03/09/2016

After more than 20 years of dedicated service as a bankruptcy judge in this district, the Honorable Paul B. Snyder today announced his intent to retire effective December 31, 2016.
 

03/07/2016

Counsel who need to file 25 or more withdrawal and substitution notices - or change of address notices -  may use a generic case caption (such as "All Pending Cases/All Pending Case Numbers") and must docket the notice to all pending cases.  A...

01/04/2016

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has issued his 2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary (pdf), focusing on amendments made to the Federal Rules of Civil...

11/30/2015

Last updated: 11/24/2015
[This page will be updated frequently; please continue to check back for additional information]

The Judicial Conference has approved significant changes to the...

10/27/2015

The new location is Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room (4th Floor), 3201 Smith Avenue, Everett, WA 98201. The January 5, 2016 chapter 7 calendar is scheduled to open for assignment beginning November 27, 2016.  The January 7, 2016 chapter 13...

10/20/2015

A sophisticated phone scam is targeting bankruptcy filers in several states, using personal information from filings and posing as attorneys to get intended victims to immediately wire money to satisfy a debt.
The National Association of...

10/01/2015

The Bankruptcy Court has adopted new procedures for the withdrawal and substitution of counsel. The new procedures set out in General Order 2015-3 are effective October 1, 2015, and include the following requirements:

  • A notice of...
08/24/2015

Attorney Wi-Fi Internet access is available. Information for attorneys about connecting to the Court’s Wi-Fi Internet is available at the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office front counter.

08/01/2015

 For information about these national form changes, visit US Courts website.

06/10/2015

Debtors can now receive same day email notice of court generated notices and orders through Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN). DeBN is free and easy to set up. For more information and registration instructions, go to the...

05/29/2015

Effective for cases filed on and after May 15, 2015, the list of creditors shall be filed by the debtor no later than 7 days from the date of the filing of the petition. Failure to timely file or submit the creditor list may result in dismissal...

05/20/2015

The front entrance to the Vancouver Federal Building will be closed during the month of June for an elevator replacement project. Consequently, public access to the facility will be through the first floor east entrance. Security screening will...

05/12/2015

Effective July 1, 2015, there will be a redistribution of cases between Judge Barreca and the new judge filling Judge Overstreet’s vacancy. Judge Barreca will preside over the Marysville caseload. The new judge will preside over the Port Orchard...

05/01/2015

Debtors can now receive same day email notice of court generated notices and orders through Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN). DeBN is free and easy to set up. For more information and registration instructions, go to the...

03/12/2015

 

***Please check this page frequently; information will be continually updated.

1. National Rules and Forms.

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02/01/2015

Follow the W.D. Washington Bankruptcy Court on Twitter @WAWB_News for public notices, court closure information and information regarding ECF accessibility.

10/13/2014

On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench,...

09/26/2014

Dear Colleague:

Our next Bench/Bar meeting will take place on Friday, October 3rd, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm., in the One Union Square conference room. The One Union Square building is located at 600 University Street, between University...

05/22/2014

Local Bankruptcy Rule 5005-1 currently requires sealed documents to be filed conventionally, in paper. Effective June 3, 2014, electronic filers will have the ability to file sealed documents electronically. See General Order 2014-1.
 ...

11/22/2013

Electronic filers no longer need to create a separate pdf for a declaration of no objection under LBR 9013-1(f). A new "Declaration of No Objection (text only)" event in ECF is now available. The event will prompt the filer for specifics about...

08/27/2013

The Judicial Conference Privacy Policy has been amended to restrict public access through PACER to all documents in bankruptcy cases that were filed before December 1, 2003, and have been closed for more than one year. Documents in these closed...

07/22/2013

Mobile Query Feature in CM/ECF. Effective June 17, 2013, the Court will go live with a new mobile query feature that improves the ability to search CM/ECF from a mobile phone or tablet. Mobile query is designed to work with any browser...

03/01/2013

District Court re Electronic Devices Permitted in Courthouses

06/14/2012

Effective June 27, 2012, the court will no longer expunge a case that is inadvertently filed twice. On occasion a case is filed twice as a result of a duplicate submission by an ECF filer or filer's staff. In the past, some filers were accustomed...

04/12/2012

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington is a mandatory electronic filing court. Local Rule W.D. Wash. Bankr. 5005-1(d)(2) requires the electronic filing of documents that must contain original signatures or verifications (e.g...