News & Announcements: January, 2017

11/15/2017

The clinic will resume Dec 7th.

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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10/25/2017

 

Judge Alston's Calendar
Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(d)(8), responses for Judge Alston's November 30 calendar shall be due November 21, and confirmation of hearings shall be...

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....