News & Announcements: January, 2020

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...

06/24/2020

Updated Guidance for Matters Scheduled Through August 30, 2020

The District Court has issued General Order 08-20 related...

06/15/2020

The U.S. Trustee Program is extending the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring in-person...

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

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,...

03/16/2020

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...

03/13/2020

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.

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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...