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December 26, 2018
Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government that began on December 22, 2018, the federal judiciary remains open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through January 11, 2019, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation. Meetings of creditors (341 meetings) and court hearings will be held as scheduled. CM/ECF will continue to be available, and the clerk's office will be open during normal hours of operation.
December 17, 2018
Judges' hearing calendars and 341 meeting calendars on the court's website will be unavailable from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, December 17 (tonight) so the court may perform required maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
December 3, 2018
President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as a day of mourning for former President George H. W. Bush. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon will be closed Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in honor of former President Bush.   All court hearings scheduled on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, are cancelled and will be rescheduled. In addition, all chapter 7 § 341 meeting of creditors scheduled before trustee Ken Eiler in Portland will be rescheduled to Friday...
November 28, 2018
A number of local bankruptcy forms have been updated to change the address of the Portland office of the court and make a number of stylistic and substantive changes. Click here to see a list of recently updated forms.
November 27, 2018
Effective December 1, 2018, the address of the Portland office will change to 1050 SW 6th Avenue #700, Portland, OR 97204. Please note that the Sixth + Main building in which the court is located is currently undergoing construction. Until construction is completed, the only entrance to the building is located at 5th Avenue and Salmon Street. Upon completion of construction (currently scheduled for February 17, 2019), the only public entrance to the building will be from 6th Avenue.
November 6, 2018
Click here for local rule changes effective 12/1/18.  Click here for local form changes effective 12/1/18.  The new forms may be used immediately and must be used by December 1. In addition, the mailing address for the Portland office of the court will officially change to 1050 SW 6th Avenue #700, Portland OR 97204 on December 1. A number of local forms will be updated with the new address and posted later in November. An announcement...
September 20, 2018
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, 2018. Comments on the proposed changes are invited and must be submitted by October 21, 2018.  Click here to submit comments.
September 17, 2018
The Office of the United States Trustee has re-posted the job announcement for the Assistant U.S. Trustee position in Seattle, WA. Applications will be accepted from Monday, September 17 until Monday, October 1, 2018. See more details here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510946400
August 16, 2018
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Evidence Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules for public comment by February 15, 2019. The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on...
August 9, 2018
The Court is currently recruiting for a Director of Information Technology in the Portland office. Visit our Employment page for more information and application instructions.
July 30, 2018
The Court installed version 1.2 of NextGen CM/ECF on Saturday, July 28. It included a new version of the Judge/Trustee Assignment (JTA) program. When a debtor's attorney runs JTA, the debtor's attorney will receive a confirmation screen displaying the judge, trustee, 341(a) meeting date, and chapter 13 confirmation hearing date (if applicable). However, the new program will not create a docket entry or notice of case filing until the court has completed its review of the case filing and a batch...
July 13, 2018
Debtors may now obtain hearing dates for LBF 1366, Notice of Hearing on Ch.13 Trustee's Motion to Dismiss/Convert Case or 10 Day Notice of Default, from the court's website.  Available hearing dates for all judges can be found on the Hearings menu under Ch.13 Trustee's Motion to Dismiss (LBF 1366 Only).  The landing page will provide you with instructions on choosing the date to insert into the notice of hearing, and also includes a link to new procedures...
May 7, 2018
The Office of the United States Trustee has posted a job announcement for the Assistant U.S. Trustee position in Portland, OR.  The application deadline is Monday, May 21, 2018. See more details here:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498777100 https://justice.gov/legal-careers/job/assistant-united-states-trustee-6
April 24, 2018
The Office of the United States Trustee has posted a job announcement for the Assistant U.S. Trustee position in Seattle, WA.  Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, April 25, 2018 until midnight on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. See more details here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/497745200  
March 19, 2018
The Court is currently recruiting for an Information Technology Support Specialist in either the Eugene or Portland office.  Visit our Employment page for more information and application procedures.
March 6, 2018
EUGENE – Just a few weeks remain for young people in Oregon to enter the 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an essay and video competition offering substantial cash prizes and an opportunity to meet eminent jurists and legal practitioners. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 in public, private and parochial schools or home-schooled students of equivalent grade status may enter. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on April 1, 2018. More information is available at...
February 8, 2018
The Court has added an Email Subscription option on the lower right side of its website home page. Subscribers may receive emails regarding Court news and announcements, opinions, and changes to case number assignments and court personnel in Portland and Eugene. Subscribers may also sign up for updates from the U.S. Courts website.
January 20, 2018
Despite a government shutdown, the federal judiciary will remain open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through February 9, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation. Hearings and meetings of creditors will be held as scheduled. The Clerk's Office will maintain its usual business hours.
January 17, 2018
Installment payments for chapter 7, 11, and 13 filing fees may now be made online with a credit card, debit card, or via ACH by using the Online Payment Form.  This form cannot be used for Chapter 13 plan payments to the trustee. You can also use this form to pay fees associated with copies of documents.  Please call the clerk's office at 503-326-1500 or 541-431-4000 to verify the fee amount.  Click ...
January 2, 2018
An essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2018. Deadline for entries is April 1, 2018. 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 2018 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Anaheim, California Contest rules, entry instructions, and more information is available at:...
December 26, 2017
Portland Chapter 13 creditor meetings scheduled at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27 have been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 9 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. Other creditor meetings will occur as scheduled. Click here for a list of rescheduled cases.
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.
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...