Noticing Information

  1. Local Court Noticing Guidelines: .

    • Notice of Appearance. A Notice of Appearance does not need to be filed by an attorney appearing on behalf of a client; the act of using an ECF account to docket a pleading creates the attorney/party association within ECF and ensures that the attorney will receive electronic notice of all activity in that case. LBR 5005-1(b)(2). NOTE: the correct role type when docketing a Notice of Appearance is "Interested Party" and does not require that the attorney enter mailing information or an address.

    • Request for Special Notice. Requests for special notice are only appropriate in situations defined under FRBP 2002(i) (for example, a case under chapter 7 or 11 where a committee has been appointed and the court has limited notice). When appropriate, the Request for Special Notice is made by docketing Local Bankruptcy Form 11. Attorneys who are ECF filers and have docketed anything to a case will receive electronic notice of all filings in that case without the need to request special notice.

    • Courtesy Notice.  Attorneys with a full 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, the ECF filer will receive an NEF of all docket activity in that case without  appearing in the case or filing a pleading.

    • Out of State Attorneys.  Attorneys who are not admitted to practice in the Western District of Washington are not eligible for a full attorney account in ECF and do not have access to the noticing options listed above. Your options for following a case are the same as those for other interested parties. See http://www.wawb.uscourts.gov/for-creditors

  2. Change of Address: ECF participants must maintain current contact information in ECF and do that by maintaining their ECF account. For an electronic filer, written change of contact information does not need to be placed on the docket.  LBR 5005-1(a)(3).

  3. Register of Governmental Mailing Addresses:   Pursuant to Fed.R.Bankr. P. 5003(e),  the court maintains a Register of Mailing Addresses of Federal and State Governmental Units and Certain Taxing Authorities.

  4. Creditor Preferred Mailing Address for Noticing:  Creditors have the option  to specify a preferred mailing address to be used by all the bankruptcy courts or by particular bankruptcy courts for providing notices. Visit the National Creditor Registration Service (NCRS) website.

  5. Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN): The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts offer the bankruptcy community Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN). EBN is a FREE service that allows court notices to be transmitted electronically, delivering them faster and more conveniently.

  6. Approved Bankruptcy Notice Providers.  A bankruptcy notice provider is an entity approved by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to give notice to creditors under Rule 2002(g)(4).  For a list of approved notice providers, click here.

  7. Responsibility for Mailing Matrix. Debtors' counsel is responsible for the accuracy of the mailing matrix. Amendments to the initial creditor list and balance of schedules are to be filed on the court docket, accompanied with a pdf of the additional creditors in matrix format, and a creditor upload into ECF. The debtor is required to give notice of the amendment under FRBP 1009(a) and provide newly added creditors with the 341 notice including the complete social security number or individual taxpayer identification number of the debtor, even if the 341 meeting has already occurred. LBR 1009-1(c).  Questions? See the Interactive Training Lesson on Creditor Upload.

    • Amendment to add creditors:The debtor is required to give notice of the amendment under FRBP 1009(a) and provide newly added creditors with the 341 notice including the complete social security number or individual taxpayer identification number of the debtor, even if the 341 meeting has already occurred. LBR 1009-1(c).  Questions? See the Interactive Training Lesson on Creditor Upload.

    • Removal of creditors: A debtor seeking to remove a creditor from the mailing matrix must file a motion with notice to the party sought to be removed.  In situations where the debtor seeks to remove creditors because of an incorrect address, copies of the return mail should be included with the motion. A creditor may be removed from the matrix at the written request of the creditor. See FRBP 1009 (a).