News & Announcements

12/08/2017

Enhancements to CM/ECF and related technology have made it possible to post digital audio recordings on the case docket. Effective immediately, the Court will begin posting digital audio recordings of trials and evidentiary hearings. The prompt...

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...

11/09/2017

 

Position: Term Law Clerk (not to exceed two years)
11/09/2017
Start Date: August 2018
Location: Tacoma, Washington

 

11/08/2017

 

Judge Alston's Calendar.

Judge Alston's Dec. 20 Port Orchard Calendar to be Conducted Telephonically.  Parties should follow the instructions below to participate in the calendar.

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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...

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.
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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...