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The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
is a Virginia Relay Partner
July 8th, 2014

Court Closed on Friday July 11 in Honor
of the Memory of Judge James C. Turk

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia will be closed on Friday, July 11, 2014 to honor the memory of Judge James C. Turk. Judge Turk passed away this week after serving almost 42 years on the U.S. District Court bench. He was one of the most respected and beloved members of the federal judiciary and he will be greatly missed.

Due to the closing, orders submitted after 12:00 noon on Thursday July 10, relating to cases scheduled in Charlottesville on July 14 may not be processed until the following week. No orders will be processed on Friday July 11.

July 8th, 2014

New Hearing Times for Abingdon Docket

Judge Black has decided to change the way hearings are scheduled in Abingdon. Traditionally, we have heard Chapter 7 cases at 10:00 AM, Chapter 11 cases at 11:00 AM and Chapter 13 cases at 1:00 PM.

Beginning September 4, 2014, Judge Black will hear Chapter 7 cases at 10:00 AM, Chapter 12 and 13 cases at 10:30 AM and Chapter 11 cases at 1:30 PM.

**Any evidentiary matters, trials or other heavily contested matters may be set at 2:00pm with permission of Chambers.

June 12th, 2014

Federal Bar Association Honors Judge Wilson

The Roanoke Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
invites you to a reception
in honor of Judge Samuel G. Wilson

June 26, 2014 from 5 until 7 pm
The Shenandoah Club

Please RSVP to johnson@gentrylocke.com by June 23.
Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar

FBA members may bring a guest, but we do request that everyone RSVP in advance.
Individuals interested in joining the Roanoke Chapter of the FBA can learn more
information at http://www.fedbar.org/Membership.aspx or by contacting Carrie Harris at charris@spilmanlaw.com.

June 10th, 2014

State Bar approves 5 hours credit for the "First Annual Western District of Virginia Bankruptcy Conference"

Click here to access the "Certification of Attendance Form"

May 22nd, 2014

Filing Fee Increases go into effect June 1, 2014

First, the Judicial Conference approved an increase to the adversary filing fee in bankruptcy proceedings. The new fee will be equivalent to the filing fee for civil cases in the district courts, $350, an increase of $57 from the current bankruptcy adversary filing fee of $293.

Second, the Conference approved increases to the administrative fee (currently $46) assessed at filing in every bankruptcy case. As revised, separate administrative fees will apply to cases filed under the six different chapters of the Bankruptcy Code: a $75 fee for Chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases, and a $550 fee for Chapter 9, 11, and 15 cases.

The Conference also approved applying the new administrative fee structure to "divided" bankruptcy cases. Currently, married couples are permitted to file a "joint" bankruptcy case under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13, and pay a single administrative fee. In some instances, however, couples who file for bankruptcy jointly may later decide to divide their case into two separate cases (e.g., because of separation or divorce during the pendency of their bankruptcy case). The amended fee schedule will require that the administrative fee be paid when a case is divided (which will be the same fee as that charged for initial cases filed under that chapter).

Fee Schedule Effective 6/1/2014

April 25th, 2014

Bankruptcy Seminar 2014 - Handouts

Report from the Clerk
Technology for the Courtroom
The Ethical Bankruptcy Attorney
Trustee Panel - Trustee as Agent
Trustee Panel - Cases of Interest
Trustee Panel - Consumer Protection Rules
Trustee Panel - Petition Preparers
Trustee Panel - Abusive Creditors
Trustee Panel - Recurring Issues in Chapter 7 Cases
Judges Panel Materials

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