July 25th, 2014
New Case/Judge Assignments - December 1
Effective December 1, 2014, a new case assignment structure will be put into place for the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Virginia. Pursuant to Administrative Order #2J:
Administrative Order 2J
- (1) All cases and associated adversary proceedings pending and thereinafter filed in the Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville divisions as well as all chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases filed in the Lynchburg division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia shall be assigned to Judge Rebecca B. Connelly.
- (2) All cases and associated adversary proceedings pending and thereinafter filed in the Roanoke, Big Stone Gap, Abingdon, and Danville divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia as well as all chapter 11cases filed in the Lynchburg division shall be assigned to Judge Paul M. Black.
July 8th, 2014
New Hearing Times for Abingdon Docket
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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