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Archive News & Announcements: 2016

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...