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News & Announcements: 2020

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

11/30/2020

The Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse in Madison is closed to the general public until December 15, 2020. The related order is available here.  If you have any questions, please contact the clerk’s office toll free at (833) 758-0380.   

11/17/2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed for the following days: Thursday, November 26, 2020 Friday, November 27, 2020 Thursday, December 24, 2020 Friday, December 25, 2020 Thursday, December 31, 2020 Friday, January 1, 2021

11/12/2020

The Judicial Conference has approved inflationary adjustments to the bankruptcy court miscellaneous fee schedules effective on December 1, 2020. The inflationary adjustments will increase the fee to file a petition under all chapters and to file a motion to divide a joint case.  Filing fees for the most common chapters will be: Chapter 7, $338; Chapter 11, $1,738; Chapter 12, $278; and Chapter 13, $313.  For a detailed breakdown of all bankruptcy fee changes click here.

11/03/2020

The Madison and Eau Claire offices of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in observance of Veteran's Day. Electronic Filing will be fully operational.

10/06/2020

The Madison and Eau Claire offices of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Columbus Day. Electronic Filing will be fully operational.

09/28/2020

To limit the potential spread of coronavirus, the Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse in Madison will be closed to the general public from September 29 to October 2, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact the clerk’s office at (608) 264-5178 or (715) 839-2980.

09/25/2020

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has implemented the Electronic Self-Representation (also known as “eSR”) online tool.   eSR assists pro se debtors in preparing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for later filing with the court after he or she has decided to file bankruptcy without an attorney.  It is not available for attorneys or bankruptcy petition preparers to file a petition and cannot be used for business or corporate bankruptcy filings. To learn more about eSR, please click here.

08/17/2020

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, including Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2, 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, 8023; and Official Forms 101, 122B, 201, 309E-1, 309E-2, 309F-1, 314, 315, and 425A, and have requested that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The public comment period closes February 16, 2021.  To view the proposed amendments and the advisory committees' reports explaining the proposed changes, please visit the Rules and Policies webpage on the U.S. Courts website.

07/23/2020

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has entered General Order No. 2020-8 Authorization to File Supplemental Claims Related to Forbearance Amounts.  The general order can be found on the court’s website under Code, Rules & Fees > General Orders.  You can also view the general order here.

07/21/2020

To limit the spread of coronavirus, Chief District Judge James D. Peterson issued an order closing the Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse in Madison to the general public from July 17-24, 2020.  The public notice and related order can be viewed at:  https://www.wiwd.uscourts.gov/news/temporary-court-closure