Welcome to the official website for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. We have offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Harrisonburg.

Court Locations

210 Church Ave.
Room 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 857-2391

1101 Court St.
Room 166
Lynchburg, VA 24504
(434) 845-0317

116 N. Main St.
Room 223
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
(540) 434-8327

News & Announcements

Tue, 12/19/2017

All requests to appear telephonically must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing, absent extraordinary circumstances.  Resolution of a routine docket matter less than 24 hours prior to the hearing or mere travel distance are not extraordinary circumstances. Please call Chambers or the appropriate courtroom deputy for approval to appear telephonically.

If approved to appear for a hearing by telephone before Judge Connelly or Judge Black, you will need to follow the new instructions below to be able to appear.

View Instructions

Wed, 03/07/2018

The CM/ECF filing system will be down for maintenance on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 8:00am until 1:00pm.

Tue, 03/06/2018

Judge Black and Judge Connelly will be holding a meet and greet/”brown bag” discussion on May 1, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in the Roanoke Bankruptcy Court courtroom. This is an opportunity for discussion and to meet Jim Reynolds, Clerk of Court. Bankruptcy attorneys and their employees are welcome to attend. The judges and Mr. Reynolds hope you will join them afterwards at the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room.

Please feel free to submit suggestions for topics in advance to Judge Black’s law clerk, Elizabeth Carroll, by email at Elizabeth_Carroll@vawb.uscourts.gov.

Lynchburg and Charlottesville

Judge Connelly will be holding "brown bag" lunches on March 22, 2018, in Charlottesville, and on March 29, 2018, in Lynchburg. Both lunches will take place from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

The lunches are an opportunity for discussion. Bankruptcy attorneys and their employees are welcome to attend.

Please feel free to submit suggestions for topics in advance to Judge Connelly's law clerk, Caleb Chaplain via e-mail at Caleb_Chaplain@vawb.uscourts.gov.

Attorneys from out of town who have few matters on the docket may contact Judge Connelly's law clerk (via e-mail at Caleb_Chaplain@vawb.uscourts.gov) to reschedule the hearing to either late morning or early afternoon to accommodate attending the brown bag lunch, provided the other parties involved consent.

Tue, 12/12/2017

In accordance with the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-72) enacted in October, the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees yesterday released the chapter 11 quarterly fee schedule that will apply for the calendar quarters beginning January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. The updated fee schedule can be found at the following link:  https://www.justice.gov/ust/chapter-11-quarterly-fees

Tue, 12/12/2017

The U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court will hold a holiday open house on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 12 - 2 PM at the Federal Courthouse in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The event is open to members of the bar and their employees.

Fri, 12/01/2017

Effective today December 1, 2017, in all chapter 13 cases filed on or after today, Official Form 113 (the national form plan) is required for use. A copy is available on the Courts website under Forms. In addition, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia has prepared two new forms which  are recommended for use in chapter 13 cases, effective December 1, 2017.

One recommended form is a Certification of Mailing and/or Service of Chapter 13 Plan. The debtor is responsible for service of all chapter 13 plans and must certify to the Court how service has been made. Please review amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 3012(b), 3015(d), and 4003(d), which become effective December 1, 2017.

The second recommended form is an Amended Chapter 13 Plan Cover Sheet and Notice of Hearing.

Although not required, the Court strongly encourages the use of the certificate of service and the cover sheet  in conjunction with use of Official Form 113.

The forms are available under Forms

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