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News & Announcements

This page lists news and announcements released by the court for the current year. You can also access previous News & Announcements using the Archive box.

November 17, 2017
The court is curretly recruiting for a CM/ECF Coordinator.  The position is available in the Portland or Eugene office.  This position is also eligible for full time telework outside of the Eugene or Portland area. Visit our Employment page for more information and application procedures.
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.