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December 26, 2017
Portland Chapter 13 creditor meetings scheduled at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27 have been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 9 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. Other creditor meetings will occur as scheduled. Click here for a list of rescheduled cases.
November 3, 2017
Click here for local rule changes effective 12/1/17.  Click here for local form changes effective 12/1/17.  The new forms must be used by December 1.  For a summary of changes to the rules and forms from the versions posted for public comment on 9/21/17 and 10/5/17, click here.
October 5, 2017
An addendum to the proposed changes to the Local Bankruptcy Forms (LBFs) has been posted for review.  If adopted, these form changes will be effective December 1, 2017. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 23, 2017.  Click here to submit comments.
September 21, 2017
Proposed changes to the Local Bankruptcy Rules (LBRs) and Local Bankruptcy Forms (LBFs) have been posted for review.  If adopted, these rule and form changes will be effective December 1, 2017. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 23, 2017.  Click here to submit comments.
August 15, 2017
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules and forms and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. Appellate Rules: 3, 13, 26.1, 28, and 32 Bankruptcy Rules: 2002, 4001, 6007, 9036, 9037, and Official Form 410 Criminal Rules: New Criminal Rule 16.1, Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, and Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2255...
May 25, 2017
Civics Contest Finalists Announced PORTLAND – Preliminary judging has been completed in the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.  All told, over 1,000 young people entered the contest, which offers cash prizes and a chance to meet some of the nation’s preeminent jurists and legal practitioners. “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment” was the theme of the contest, which focused on...
May 18, 2017
The court has now implemented the ability to electronically file a request for an audio recording. The new ECF event can be found under Miscellaneous, Request for Audio Recording of Court Proceedings. ECF filers do not need to complete an order form but will need the date and time of the court proceeding to enter when prompted. The filing instructions page can be found on our website under Hearings, Order an Audio Recording of a Court Proceeding. After your request and payment have been...
April 5, 2017
The Court has decided that Official Form 121, Your Statement About Your Social Security Numbers, must be filed with the Court pursuant to FRBP 1007(f), as recommended by the Local Rules Committee.  The Court’s local rules will be amended effective December 1, 2017 to require the filing of the statement. Beginning May 1, debtor’s attorneys are encouraged to voluntarily comply with FRBP 1007(f) by filing the SSN statement with the Voluntary Petition. The form must be a separate entry on the...
March 30, 2017
NextGen CM/ECF, Electronic Case Filing [ECF], PACER, filing claims via the court website [ePOC], filing financial certificates via the court website [eFinCert], website calendars, and VCIS will be unavailable to all users on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for planned maintenance.
March 23, 2017
NextGen CM/ECF, Electronic Case Filing [ECF], PACER, filing claims via the court website [ePOC], filing financial certificates via the court website [eFinCert], website calendars, and VCIS will be unavailable to all users on the following dates and times as the Court tests a 7 day read/write failover and subsequent failback in support of the Courts' "Continuity Of Operations" (COOP) plan for NextGen CM/ECF. Saturday, March 25th, 8:00AM Pacific to 10:00AM Pacific The "failover" - where the...
March 17, 2017
The previously scheduled downtime for Saturday, March 18th and Saturday, March 25th has been cancelled.  NextGen CM/ECF, Electronic Case Filing (ECF), PACER, filing claims via the court website (ePOC), filing financial certificates via the court website (eFinCert), website calendars, and VCIS will all be available as usual. At this time, the Court will not be testing the failover/failback capabilities of the infrastructure that was announced on March 7th.
March 7, 2017
NextGen CM/ECF, Electronic Case Filing [ECF], PACER, filing claims via the court website [ePOC], filing financial certificates via the court website [eFinCert], website calendars, and VCIS will be unavailable to all users on the following dates and times as the Court tests a 7 day read/write failover and subsequent failback in support of the Courts' "Continuity Of Operations" (COOP) plan for NextGen CM/ECF. Saturday, March 18th 12:00AM to Saturday, March 18th 6:00AM Pacific The Infrastructure...
February 1, 2017
An essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2017. Deadline for entries is April 16, 2017. CASH PRIZES for Essay and Video Contests:    1st place: $2,000   2nd place: $1,000   3rd place: $500 Contest rules, entry instructions and more information is available at: www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest/ Civics...
January 31, 2017
Click here for poverty guidelines effective January 31, 2017. These apply to Chapter 7 applications to waive the filing fee.
January 23, 2017
David W. Hercher assumed the office of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Portland, Oregon today.  A number of cases have been transferred from Judge Randall L. Dunn to Judge Hercher, Judge Brown, and Judge McKittrick.  Please check the case docket for any case formerly assigned to Judge Dunn to determine the current presiding judge. The following Local Bankruptcy Forms (LBF's) have been updated to add telephone hearing information for Judge Hercher:  1124, Chapter 11/12 Notice of Stay Relief Motion;...
January 18, 2017
Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced today the appointment of Portland attorney David Walter Hercher to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon.  Mr. Hercher will fill a vacancy resulting from the retirement of Bankruptcy Judge Randall L. Dunn, who will step down January 20, 2017.  Mr. Hercher will receive the oath of office from Chief Judge Brown on January 23, 2017, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland. A formal...
January 5, 2017
Saturday, January 7th 12:00 AM to Sunday, January 8th 11:59 PM PST. Electronic Case Filing (ECF), PACER, filing claims via the court website (ePOC), filing financial certificates via the court website (eFinCert), website calendars, and VCIS will be unavailable to all users as the court servers undergo maintenance.
November 10, 2016
Click here for local rule changes effective 12/1/16.  Click here for local form changes effective 12/1/16.  The new forms may be used immediately and must be used by December 1.
October 28, 2016
The fees for filing an amendment to the debtor's list of creditors, a motion for relief from the automatic stay, a motion to compel abandonment of estate property, a motion to withdraw the reference of a case or proceeding, and a motion to sell property free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. 363(f), and for exemplification of any document, reproduction of an audio recording of a court proceeding, conducting a search of the bankruptcy court records, or filing a miscellaneous proceeding will...
October 7, 2016
Proposed changes to the Local Bankruptcy Rules (LBRs) and Local Bankruptcy Forms (LBFs) have been posted for review.  If adopted, these rule and form changes will be effective December 1, 2016. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 31, 2016.  Click here to submit comments.
August 16, 2016
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to several Bankruptcy Rules and Forms which include:  Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1, 5005, 8002, 8006, 8011, 8013, 8015, 8016, 8017, new Rule 8018.1, 8022, 8023, and new Part VIII Appendix; and Official Forms 309F, 417A, 417C, 425A, 425B, 425C, and 426.  There are also civil and appellate rules.  You will find all the proposed amendments at...
July 8, 2016
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 3015 and adoption of a new Bankruptcy Rule 3015.1.  The proposed rules and explanatory materials are available at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/proposed-amendments-published-public-comment. The public comment period ends October 3, 2016.
May 15, 2016
Effective May 21, 2016, new cases filed for debtors who reside in Marion, Polk, or Lincoln county will be assigned to a Portland judge. Cases filed in Marion, Polk, and Lincoln counties prior to May 21 will continue with the original assigned judge (i.e., Judge Renn or Judge Alley). The judge who handles Bend cases (currently Judge Brown) will handle all new chapter 13 cases filed in Marion, Polk, and Lincoln counties. Non-evidentiary confirmation hearings and other non-evidentiary Chapter 13...
March 15, 2016
Automatic adjustments will be made on April 1, 2016, to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, one provision in Title 28, seven Official Bankruptcy Forms which contain adjusted dollar amounts, the Instructions for Individual and Non-Individual Debtors, two Director’s Forms which include dollar amounts, and one set of instructions for a Director’s Form which includes a dollar amount.  The adjustments will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2016. Section 104 of...
March 11, 2016
LBF 1300.14, Chapter 13 Plan, has been modified to correct references to amounts on the proof of claim form in Paragraph 2(b)(1).  Debtor's attorneys are requested to begin using the new form as soon as practicable.  Click here for the updated form.  In addition, because severance of a Chapter 13 case may affect the plan payments for both debtors, the Court's orders granting motions to sever cases involving joint Chapter 13...
March 3, 2016
The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon.  This position will be available on or after January 13, 2017.  The selection process may take up to 10 months to complete.  The official duty station for this position will be in Portland, OR. The term of office is 14 years with a possible renewal appointment subject to reappointment procedures.  The current salary is $186,852 per...
February 19, 2016
On February 25, 2016, the Court will begin making digital audio files of court proceedings available to the public over the Internet using a program called CourtSpeak. This program will automatically docket a copy of a recorded hearing to the CM/ECF (PACER) docket in mp3 format.  These recordings will be available on PACER for a fee of $2.40 per audio file. CM/ECF participants in a case may access the audio file one time for free, just as they do with other electronically-filed documents, and...
November 24, 2015
Click here for local rule changes effective 12/1/15.  Click here for local form changes effective 12/1/15.  The new forms may be used immediately and must be used by December 1.
November 5, 2015
Starting on January 1, 2016, Bend chapter 7 and chapter 13 creditor meetings will be held at the Bend Juvenile Justice Building, 63360 Britta St #1, Bend, Oregon 97701.
October 21, 2015
Phone scammers are 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 Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys issued a warning that “Under no circumstances would a bankruptcy attorney or staff member telephone a client and ask for a wire transfer immediately to satisfy a debt. Nor would the bankruptcy attorney and staff ever threaten arrest if a...
October 1, 2015
Proposed changes to the Local Bankruptcy Rules (LBRs) and Local Bankruptcy Forms (LBFs) have been posted for review.  If adopted, these rule and form changes will be effective December 1, 2015. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 30, 2015.  Click here to submit comments.
September 30, 2015
Judge Trish M. Brown has been designated Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon effective October 1, 2015 for a five-year term.  Per 28 U.S.C §154(b), the chief judge of the bankruptcy court shall ensure that the rules of the bankruptcy court and of the district court are observed and that the business of the bankruptcy court is handled effectively and expeditiously.
September 27, 2015
The Court successfully implemented NextGen CM/ECF.  Click here for instructions on linking your upgraded PACER account to your CM/ECF account so you can electronically file.  Click here and select "NextGen Questions/Issues" or call the Court to report any issues you are having or to obtain help with NextGen account activation.  Click here and...
September 14, 2015
Click here for an updated version of NextGen Frequently Asked Questions.  Click here for instructions for joining a web and telephone training session on Tuesday, September 22 at 8 a.m.
September 14, 2015
The Court's CM/ECF and PACER systems, Voice Case Information System (VCIS), and website calendars will be unavailable from Friday, September 25 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, September 27 so the Court may install the first release of NextGen CM/ECF software.  As a reminder, after the Court completes its upgrade, all ECF users must link their upgraded PACER account to their CM/ECF accounts before they can electronically file with the Court. ...
August 6, 2015
The Court will go live on NextGen CM/ECF on Monday, September 28, 2015.  CM/ECF users will need to complete preparatory steps prior to September 28 and an additional step after the Court goes live.  For further information, including training opportunities and instructions, click here.
June 17, 2015
Due to the closure of the Bend National Guard Armory, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 creditor meetings will be held at the following location until further notice:  Hilton Garden Inn Bend, 425 SW Bluff Drive, Bend 97702.  Chapter 13 confirmation hearings will be held via telephone.  The Court is exploring locations for evidentiary hearings. 
June 1, 2015
LBF 1351E, Order Directing Employer to Pay Wages (Markel), has been updated to reflect the new payment address for Eugene Chapter 13 trustee Naliko Markel.  As a reminder, the new payment address effective 6/1/15 is: Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, PO Box 613199, Memphis, TN 38101-3199. LBF B254, B255, B256, and B257 are new fillable versions of the official subpoena forms for Rule 2004 examinations, to appear and testify at a hearing or trial, to testify at a deposition, and to produce...
June 1, 2015
Updated means testing information applicable to petitions filed on or after May 15, 2015 is available at http://www.justice.gov/ust/means-testing
April 30, 2015
Click here to view recently modified local forms.  They may be used immediately.
March 20, 2015
Visit the U.S. Trustee Program Website for the new figures applicable to bankruptcy petitions filed on or after April 1, 2015. On April 29, 2015, the same website will make available the IRS Bankruptcy Allowable Living Expenses and the Chapter 13 Administrative Expense Multipliers.  The new figures will apply to bankruptcy petitions filed on or after May 15, 2015.
January 28, 2015
The Local Bankruptcy Rules have been modified to correct references to LBR 9021-1.  LBF 763, objection to claim, has been modified in Paragraph 2 to provide more space to set forth "other" grounds for objection.  The Court will continue to accept the previous version of the form.  Both versions are dated 12/1/14.
January 15, 2015
A number of rule and form amendments, including many proposed changes to bankruptcy rules and forms, have been published for public comment.  Written comments are due by February 17, 2015.  The proposed changes are found at http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx.
January 11, 2015
Peter C. McKittrick assumes the office of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Portland, Oregon on  Monday, January 12.  In anticipation of this change, a number of cases have been transferred from Judge Elizabeth L. Perris to Judge McKittrick, Judge Brown, and Judge Dunn.  Judge Perris has also retained some cases.  Please check the case docket for any case formerly assigned to Judge Perris to determine the current presiding judge. The following Local Bankruptcy Forms (LBF's) have been updated to add...