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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.

05/26/2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has posted instructions on how to prepare to participate in a Zoom video hearing with the court.  The instructions can be viewed here.  Please note that the court will not provide any type of support on Zoom for participants or attendees. Participants should contact the Zoom Help Center, your local IT support, or other online guidance. Important: Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, or rebroadcasting of federal court proceedings (including those held by telephone or videoconference). Recording of a federal court proceeding held by video or teleconference is strictly prohibited. Violation of these rules may result in the denial of entry to future hearings or any other sanction deemed necessary by the court.

05/13/2020

In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, all bankruptcy hearings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will be conducted either by teleconference or videoconference until at least May 30, 2020. This period may be extended by further order. Following guidance from the Judicial Conference of the United States, and under authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT), members of the press and public will be permitted to hear telephonic and video hearings, free of charge, to the extent practicable. Information on public and press access to telephonic or video hearings will be available in the specific case docket on PACER. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, or rebroadcasting of federal court proceedings (including those held by telephone or videoconference). Recording of a federal court proceeding held by...

05/05/2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has entered General Order 2020-5 regarding Temporarily Suspending “Wet” Signature Requirement.  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.

04/28/2020

The U.S. Trustee for the Western District of Wisconsin is extending the requirement that all §341 meetings for cases filed through July 10, 2020, be conducted only through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring in-person appearances.  The specific announcement can viewed on the U.S. Trustee’s website here. The court has also posted specific §341 meeting procedures here.

04/21/2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has entered General Order 2020-4 Adoption of Interim Bankruptcy Rule.  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.

03/30/2020

The instructions for linking can be found on the court’s website here.  If you did not register for a PACER account prior to this email, you can find a job aid on the court’s website here for both registering and upgrading your PACER account.   Thank you for your cooperation and patience in this process.  Please contact the court by phone at (800) 373-8708 or email at helpdesk@wiwb.uscourts.gov with any questions or issues.  You may also contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856 for questions about your PACER account.

03/28/2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has entered General Order 2020-3 regarding Temporarily Suspending “Wet” Signature Requirement.  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.

03/27/2020

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has entered General Order 2020-2 regarding Request for Refund of Fees Paid Electronically.  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.

03/23/2020

The U.S. Trustee for the Western District of Wisconsin requests all debtors & debtor attorneys appear for §341 meetings telephonically from 03/17/2020 to 04/30/2020. Procedures are detailed in the attached documents:  Notice Regarding § 341 Meetings In the Western District of Wisconsin  Declaration Confirming Identity and Social Security Number

03/19/2020

Please review the public notice by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin regarding changes to paper filings and payments effective March 19, 2020.  View the offical notice here:   PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING PAPER FILINGS & PAYMENTS