Local Bankruptcy Rules

Important Notice: The Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure for the Western District of Washington, and the Local Form of Chapter 13 Plan, will be amended effective December 1, 2017. See below for important information as to the December 1, 2017 changes.

Current Local Rules

Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (effective Dec. 1, 2016)

Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure - numerical links to individual rules

Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure - alphabetical links to individual rules

Redline of Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, reflecting changes effective Dec. 1, 2016

Appendix A to Local Bankruptcy Rules


Local Rule and Form Changes Effective December 1, 2017

A package of national bankruptcy rule and form changes for chapter 13 cases will go into effect December 1, 2017. The Court has adopted local rule and form amendments, also effective December 1, 2017, to comply with these national requirements. Significantly, the Court will adopt a new local chapter 13 form plan. Local rules covering chapter 13 procedures will also be amended, as indicated in the materials below. Note that the new chapter 13 form plan will be required in all chapter 13 cases as of December 1, 2017, for initial plan filings as well as amended plans.

The redlined version of the local bankruptcy rules below contains all rule changes effective December 1, 2017, including:

  • Significant amendments to LBR 3015-1 related to the use of the new local chapter 13 form plan
  • Elimination of local form Application to Pay Filing Fees in Installments in favor of national Official Form B 103A.

The court will work with the chapter 13 trustees in Seattle and Tacoma to conduct education and training sessions for chapter 13 practitioners to discuss the new rule and form changes.  Watch the court website for future information