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Archive News & Announcements: 2014

December 8, 2014
Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced today the appointment of Portland attorney Peter Chaffin McKittrick to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon.  Mr. McKittrick will fill a vacancy resulting from the retirement of Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L. Perris, who will step down January 11, 2015.  Mr. McKittrick will receive the oath of office from Judge Perris during a ceremony on January 12, 2015, at the U.S. Bankruptcy...
December 4, 2014
The next Saturday Session will be held February 28, 2015 at the Salem Conference Center in Salem, Oregon.  The Saturday Session is a forum for the Oregon bankruptcy community to exchange ideas about potential improvements.  It is sponsored by the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar.  Registration information will be sent to Section members soon. Whether or not you plan to attend the Saturday Session, the planning committee is interested in your answer to the following question:  If...
October 29, 2014
Click here for local rule changes effective 12/1/14. Click here for local form changes effective 12/1/14. The new forms may be used immediately and must be used by December 1.
October 24, 2014
Click here for a summary of changes effective December 1, 2014.
September 30, 2014
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, 2014. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 23, 2014.  Click here to submit comments.
September 17, 2014
Pay.gov, the company that processes internet credit card transactions for the U.S. Courts, has notified all bankruptcy courts that transactions processed yesterday, September 16, 2014, were inadvertently billed to customer credit cards twice.  Incorrect charges are now being reversed.  Affected customers will see the reversal on their statements by tomorrow.  We apologize for this inconvenience. Pay.gov is actively working to prevent this from happening again. Questions can be directed to Pay...
August 27, 2014
The Court is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website on September 5, 2014.  The new website features a user-friendly look and feel, a more robust search capability, and accessibility features such as the ability to change the text size and a read-aloud feature (called BrowseAloud).  It also preserves some of the features that users enjoyed on the previous website, including information targeted to specific audiences such as debtors, creditors, and attorneys. The Court's...
August 14, 2014
LBF #100.3, Debtor's Motion for Extension or Exemption Re Credit Counseling/Financial Management Course, has been modified to correct the period in which the debtor could not obtain credit counseling services to 7 days.
April 18, 2014
Click here to view the filing fee increases effective June 1, 2014. The Judicial Conference recently approved fee increases for filing an adversary proceeding complaint and the administrative fee in all chapters, which increases the fee for filing a petition and for filing a motion to divide (sever) a joint case.
April 18, 2014
Click here for LBF #1300.14, an updated version of the Chapter 13 Plan. This form must be used in all Chapter 13 cases filed on or after June 1, 2014, and is optional for use in cases filed between now and June 1. To avoid inadvertent changes in plan administration, any amended plan must be filed on the same version of the Chapter 13 Plan form as the original plan.
February 13, 2014
Beginning Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM PST, ECF and related systems (PACER, VCIS, ePOC, eFinCert, and Judges' and 341 Meeting calendars) will be down starting at 6 PM PST on Friday, February 21, 2014 for migration to a nationally hosted server. This process will last through Saturday, February 22 and possibly through Sunday, February 23rd. This migration is not expected to change ECF functionality or adversely impact system response time. If you notice any changes after the maintenance...
February 10, 2014
The Portland contact list has been updated due to new case number assignments for case administrators and a change in courtroom deputies. The Eugene contact list will be updated on March 3.
January 30, 2014
Debtor Education Providers and attorneys can use eFinCert to electronically file a Personal Financial Management Course Certificate.  Using eFinCert does not require an ECF login and provides an electronic filing receipt.  More information is available on the court's website under the Filing tab of the Home page.
January 24, 2014
The Court is experiencing an unplanned interruption to its ECF access for outside users.  The Judiciary is working to restore service and will update this announcement when the issue is resolved.
January 13, 2014
The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses. For more information, click here.
January 6, 2014
On Monday, January 13, the Court will discontinue its current ECF Help Desk. Assistance with ECF registration, electronic filing, and other matters may be obtained via a new email portal on the court's website or by calling the appropriate court staff member.