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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
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 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 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.
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...

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