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
Fri, 11/17/2017
The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia take great pleasure in announcing that James W. Reynolds has been selected to succeed John W. L. Craig, II as Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia.  Mr. Reynolds received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in 1988 and his law degree from the College of William and Mary in 1991.  He then served as law clerk to the Honorable Hal J. Bonney, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia at Norfolk.  Mr. Reynolds practiced law in Reston, Virginia for many years.  He was a shareholder with the law firm of Odin, Feldman, and Pittleman, P.C., where he had a diverse bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice, representing both individual and business debtors, as well as creditors and Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Trustees. In 2014, Mr. Reynolds joined the staff of the Clerk’s Office of the United States Bankruptcy Court in Alexandria, Virginia, where he is currently the Division Manager.  Mr. Reynolds is expected to take office February 20, 2018, following completion of standard background checks.  The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia maintains Clerk’s offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Harrisonburg, Virginia.                                                                                                   Rebecca B. Connelly, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge                                                                                                 Paul M. Black, United States Bankruptcy Judge
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
Tue, 11/14/2017
Virginia CLE will broadcast a webinar on Friday, November 17, 2017, from noon until 2:00 pm on the new model Chapter 13 form plan that will take effect on December 1, 2017, and a number of related changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that will also take effect on December 1, 2017. Panelists include the Honorable Rebecca B. Connelly, the Honorable Paul M. Black, Herbert L. Beskin, Christopher Micale, and David Cox. The link to access the webinar at Virginia CLE is https://www.vacle.org/materials/2017bankruptcytraining/webcast.html .  Participants may download the materials from that page.  The materials are also attached to this announcement. There is no cost to attend the webinar, but no CLE credit will be available. If you experience technical problems with the webcast, please call 800-979-8253. Webinar Materials
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