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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.

December 12, 2019
Elevators that service the bankruptcy court floors in Portland are currently under renovation.  This has caused longer wait times for the remaining two elevators that service the 7th floor from the building lobby. Visitors to the court are advised to allow extra time to get to court hearings. The renovation should be complete in February.
December 6, 2019
An essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. Entries accepted beginning February 15, 2020. Deadline for entries is March 25, 2020. CASH PRIZES for Winners of the Essay and Video Competitions:    1st place: $2,000*   2nd place: $1,000   3rd place: $500 *Plus!  Travel and accommodations to attend the 2020 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Portland, Oregon For contest rules, entry instructions, and more information...
November 22, 2019
Click here for local rule changes effective 12/1/19.  Click here for local form changes effective 12/1/19. At the bottom of the list of recently revised forms is a link to revision notes which characterize the changes. The new forms, other than the claim objection series (LBFs 763.1, 763.3, and 763.5), may be used immediately and must be used by December 1. Until December 1, please continue filing objections to claim on LBF...
November 22, 2019
CM/ECF, the judges' hearings calendars, and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on both Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 for required maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.
November 8, 2019
CM/ECF, the judges’ hearings calendars, and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 for required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
October 30, 2019
The Office of the United States Trustee is accepting applications for inclusion in a pool of trustees who may be appointed on a case-by-case basis to administer cases filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (Subchapter V).  The application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019.  Click the link below to view the announcement and application procedures.
October 16, 2019
On February 19, 2020, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, P.L. 116-54 (SBRA) will go into effect – long before the normal three-year rules amendment process runs its course. As a temporary measure, the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has drafted interim bankruptcy rules and amendments to the official bankruptcy forms to address the new law that are now available for public comment through Nov. 13, 2019. The proposed amendments and instructions on how to submit comments are...
October 10, 2019
Forms effective October 1, 2019 On August 26, 2019, the President signed into law the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019 (the HAVEN Act) Public Law No. 116-52.  The HAVEN Act  amended 11 U.S.C. § 101(10A) to exclude from the definition of Current Monthly Income certain payments made  under title 10, 37, or 38 of the United States Code in connection with a disability, combat-related injury or disability, or death of a member of the uniformed services. At its September 26,...
October 1, 2019
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, 2019. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 31, 2019.  Click here to submit comments.
September 26, 2019
On August 19, 2019, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on ...
August 28, 2019
Four bankruptcy bills were signed by the President on August 23, 2019. Three of the four took effect on signing, and the fourth will take effect 180 days later.   H.R. 2336, the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, Pub. L. No. 116-51 (https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr2336/BILLS-116hr2336enr.pdf), amended 11 U.S.C. § 101(18) to increase the chapter 12 debt limit from $...
August 27, 2019
Do not file claims using CM/ECF or the electronic Proof of Claim function for NORPAC Foods Inc, 19-62584, Quincy Foods LLC, 19-33103, and Hermiston Foods LLC, 19-33102. All claims in these related cases must be filed with their filing agent, Kurtman Carson Consultants LLC (KCC), at http://www.kccllc.net/norpacfoods.  
July 30, 2019
Judges' hearings calendars and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from Tuesday 7/30/2019 at 5:30 p.m. through Wednesday 7/31/2019 at 7 a.m. for required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
July 8, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Young people from Alaska, Arizona, California, and Nevada have been selected the winners of the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an educational outreach effort to high school students sponsored by the federal courts. The theme of the 2019 contest was “The 4th Amendment in the 21st Century – What is an ‘Unreasonable Search and Seizure’ in the Digital Age?” Students were challenged to write an essay or produce a short video explaining how Congress and the federal courts have...
July 3, 2019
Attorney wireless internet equipment will be replaced in the Portland office on July 11, 2019. The screen that is displayed when you connect to the network will look slightly different. The orx_attorney network name and the password will remain the same. As a reminder, instructions for how to connect to the wireless network will be available in the courtrooms. Please see the courtroom deputy if you require assistance.
June 14, 2019
The United States Trustee Program is accepting applications for the position of Paralegal Specialist in the Portland, Oregon office.   The application deadline is July 1, 2019.  You may view the job announcement and application procedures by clicking on the following link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?j=0950
June 4, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Preliminary judging has been completed in the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Congratulations to the finalists who won the local contest sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The essay winners are: 1st place, Olivia Caudell, a senior at West Salem High School in Salem; 2nd place, Rohan Menon, a junior at Westview High School in Portland; and 3rd...
April 26, 2019
The United States Trustee Program is accepting applications for the position of Trial Attorney in the Portland, Oregon office.  The application deadline is Monday, May 13, 2019.  You may view the job announcement and application procedures by clicking on the following link: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/attorney-93  
March 8, 2019
Automatic adjustments will be made on April 1, 2019, to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, one provision in Title 28, seven Official Bankruptcy Forms, and two Director’s Forms.  The adjustments will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2019. 11 U.S.C. § 104(a) provides that the Judicial Conference make the adjustments, which are calculated at three-year intervals on the basis of the change in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for the most...
February 20, 2019
Electronic Case Filing (ECF), PACER, claims filing (ePOC), financial certificate filing (eFinCert), website calendars for court hearings and 341(a) meetings of creditors, and VCIS will be unavailable on Saturday, February 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. so the court may perform maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
January 31, 2019
The court is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Case Administrator in the Portland office.   The court has two openings for this position.  Visit our Employment page for more information and application instructions.
January 16, 2019
Electronic Case Filing (ECF), PACER, claims filing (ePOC) financial certificate filing (eFinCert), website calendars for court hearings and 341(a) meetings of creditors, and VCIS will be unavailable on Friday, January 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. so the court may perform maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
January 8, 2019
For the duration of the government shutdown, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon will remain open and continue operations. The court will continue to accept new case filings, receive and process documents and fees, and hear matters. CM/ECF, ePOC, and eFinCert will remain operational to accept electronic filings. The public counter and telephone lines will be open during normal business hours. Section 341 meetings of creditors will be held as scheduled unless further notified.
January 8, 2019
Judges' hearings calendars and 341 meeting of creditors calendars will be unavailable from Friday 1/11/2019 at 6 p.m. through Monday 1/14/2019 at 7 a.m. for required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.