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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.
July 30, 2020
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 October 2, 2021, however, the selection process may take up to 18 months to complete. The official duty station for this position is in Portland, OR. The term of office is 14 years with a possible renewal appointment subject to reappointment procedures. The current salary is $199,088 per...
October 1, 2020
Judge Thomas M. Renn has been designated Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon effective October 1, 2020 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 29, 2020
Proposed additional changes to the Local Bankruptcy Rules have been posted for review here. They relate to proposed revisions of the U.S. District Court Local Rules pertaining to bankruptcy. These new proposed rule changes are in addition to...
September 23, 2020
At its March 2020 session, the Judicial Conference approved inflationary adjustments to fees on the appellate, district, and bankruptcy court miscellaneous fee schedules, and on the Court of Federal Claims and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation miscellaneous fee schedules. Filing fees for the most common chapters will be: Chapter 7, $338; Chapter 11, $1,738; Chapter 12, $278; and Chapter 13, $313. These changes are scheduled to become effective December 1, 2020. Please see the...
September 23, 2020
To improve readibility, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) vendor will implement a new format for Certificates of Notice effective October 1. A sample of the new format and a description of the legend are attached.
September 21, 2020
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, 2020. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 21, 2020. Click here to submit comments.
September 20, 2020
Proposed Revision of District Court Local Rules Pertaining to Bankruptcy - Comments Due by 10/19/2020
The U.S. District Court has posted proposed changes to its local rules (LRs), including LRs 2100, 2200, and 2300 pertaining to bankruptcy procedure. If adopted, they will be effective on December 1, 2020. The proposed changes and instructions for submitting comments by close of business on October 19, 2020 are posted here.
September 13, 2020
Due to the hazardous air quality in the region and concerns about the potential effects of recirculated air on coronavirus transmission, the Portland office will be closed to the public tomorrow and all employees will work from home. If you were planning to come to the court for a filing emergency or deadline, call 503-326-1500 or 541-431-4000 during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and we will assist you. The Eugene office remains closed to the public.
September 8, 2020
CM/ECF and Court Calendars Unavailable from 5:00 p.m. on Friday 9/11/2020 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday 9/13/2020
CM/ECF, the judges’ hearings calendars, and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 for required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
August 29, 2020
The U.S. Trustee Program has extended the requirement that section 341 meetings be conducted by telephone or video appearance to all cases filed during the period of the President’s “Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” issued March 13, 2020, and ending on the date that is 60 days after such declaration terminates. However, the U.S. Trustee may approve a request by a trustee in a particular case to continue the section 341...
August 26, 2020
CM/ECF, the judges’ hearings calendars, and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
August 19, 2020
The Court is preparing to hold trials and evidentiary hearings, as well as settlement conferences, via video using Zoom for Government. Click here for further information.
August 14, 2020
The Pay.gov payment processing system will be down for approximately four hours on Saturday, August 22 starting at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific). Attorneys will not be able to make Pay.gov payments through CM/ECF during the maintenance window.
August 13, 2020
On June 23, 2020, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) approved publication of proposed amendments to the following: Appellate Rule 25; Bankruptcy Restyled Rules Parts I and II; Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2 (new), 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023; and Official Forms 101, 122B, 201, 309E-1, 309E-2, 309F-1, 309F-2, 314, 315, and 425A; Civil Rule 12 and Supplemental Rules for Social Security...
July 15, 2020
The court is currently recruiting for an Administrative Generalist in the Eugene office. Visit our Employment page for more information and application instructions.
July 1, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – Young people from California and Nevada have been selected the winners of the 2020 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an educational outreach effort to high school students sponsored by the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit. “The Right to Vote: Milestone Anniversaries” was the theme of the contest. Students in grades 9-12 in public, private and parochial schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status were challenged to write an essay or produce a short video...
July 1, 2020
Check out PACER’s newly redesigned, informational and resource website, https://pacer.uscourts.gov. The website provides information about how the public can access federal court records electronically and have easy access to PACER and PACER-related applications. New features include: • Mobile friendly design; • New tool to search for court-specific information; • Interactive format to search frequently asked questions; • Search engine has been...
June 15, 2020
The U.S. Trustee has announced that 341(a) creditor meetings for cases filed through October 10, 2020 will be held by telephone.
June 12, 2020
The judges’ hearings calendars and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020 while the court performs required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
June 5, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – Preliminary judging has been completed in the 2020 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. All told, nearly 1,000 young people entered the contest, despite challenges posed by school closures and distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Right to Vote: Milestone Anniversaries” was the theme of the contest. Students in grades 9-12 in public, private and parochial schools and home-...
April 29, 2020
The Court is currently recruiting for a Systems Administrator in the Eugene office. Visit our Employment page for more information and application instructions.
April 29, 2020
The court has implemented the following events for the filing of notices of mortgage forbearance under the CARES Act: Bankruptcy > Notices > Notice of Mortgage Forbearance Bankruptcy > Claim Actions > Notice of Mortgage Forbearance Bankruptcy > Creditor Claimant Entries > Notice of Mortgage Forbearance The events allow for linking to any filed proof of claim.
April 24, 2020
The Court has entered General Order 20-4 adopting Amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1020 relating to the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA). The amended interim rule was necessitated by enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act") on March 27, 2020. The Court previously entered...
April 14, 2020
CARES Act Changes, effective April 2020: On March 27, 2020, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Section 1113 of that legislation made several changes to the Bankruptcy Code, most of them temporary, to provide financial assistance during the coronavirus crisis. The enactment of the CARES Act requires one-year amendments to five official forms to account for a new definition of “debtor” applicable to subchapter...
March 27, 2020
Per the executive order issued by Governor Brown on March 23, and to further minimize social contact, the court has entered General Order 20-3. Effective Monday, March 30, the Eugene division of the clerk’s office will be closed until further notice. The order allows for additional and temporary methods for parties without an attorney to file documents with the court, including uploading documents through the court’s website and faxing...
March 25, 2020
Effective March 25, 2020 and until further notice, the entrance to the Sixth + Main building, where the Portland office of the bankruptcy court is located, will be locked as an added security measure during the COVID-19 outbreak. The court remains open and visitors can access the court by calling the security number posted at the 6th Avenue entrance of the building.
March 19, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic , the court has entered General Order 20-2 temporarily suspending the requirement that a debtor's lawyer obtain a debtor's ink signature.
March 17, 2020
Due to increased telephone hearings as part of social distancing measures taken across the country, the conference lines have been experiencing an unusually high call volume. The court advises participants of telephone hearings to dial into the conference early and to be persistent if initial attempts to connect are unsuccessful. Please visit Court Operations During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak for additional information...
March 16, 2020
The U.S. Trustee has announced that all Section 341 meetings of creditors in chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases originally scheduled to be held on March 17 through March 27 will be rescheduled to an alternate date to permit them to be held by telephone. All Section 341 meetings of creditors in chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases originally scheduled to be held on March 30 through April 10 will remain at the scheduled date and time, but will be held via telephone. As the new dates become known, they will be...
March 13, 2020
For information regarding claims in NORPAC Foods Inc. (now North Pacific Canners & Packers Inc.), 19-62584, Quincy Foods LLC (now NPCP Quincy, LLC), 19-33103, and Hermiston Foods LLC, 19-33102, see http://www.kccllc.net/norpacfoods.
March 13, 2020
Click here for important information regarding court filing and hearing procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 11, 2020
All chapter 13 341(a) meetings of creditors set for Friday, March 13, 2020 in Pendleton will be rescheduled to Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
March 9, 2020
To reduce the chances of coronavirus exposure, the court will allow participation by telephone for all hearings that do not involve testimony (non-evidentiary hearings). Information about participating in court hearings via telephone is available under the Hearings heading. The telephone lines will be open for all non-evidentiary hearings, and participants who want to appear by phone do not need to submit a written request. For evidentiary hearings...
February 13, 2020
CM/ECF and Court Calendars Unavailable from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday 2/18/2020 to 1:00 a.m. Wednesday 2/19/2020
CM/ECF, the judges’ hearings calendars, and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 to 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 for required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
February 4, 2020
The Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) of 2019 becomes effective on February 19, 2020. To implement the SBRA's substantive and procedural changes to the Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized the distribution of approved interim bankruptcy rules for adoption by local bankruptcy courts. General Order 20-1 adopts the national Interim Rules in the...
January 13, 2020
Judge Peter C. McKittrick is currently recruiting for a full-time term law clerk in the Portland office. Visit our Employment page for information and application instructions.
January 10, 2020
All section 341(a) Meeting of Creditors originally scheduled for Monday, Jan 13, 2020, in Bend have been rescheduled due to weather. The Jan 13 Bend meetings will now take place on Jan 27, 2020 at the originally scheduled meeting times.