What are Idaho Bankruptcy Records?
Idaho bankruptcy records are the legal documentation of bankruptcy proceedings that took place in the State of Idaho. Usually, bankruptcy proceedings begin when insolvent parties (persons or organizations) make a filing in a federal court under any chapter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In Idaho, this court is the United States Bankruptcy Court District of Idaho. When bankruptcy actions are filed, the court generates records containing debtors’ personal and financial information, plus other case-related information. These records, known as bankruptcy records, are stored in physical, electronic, and other media forms by the Clerk of Court’s office and disclosed to the public upon request. Third-party online sites like courtrecords.us also provide electronic databases to assist members of the public in obtaining these records.
What do Idaho Bankruptcy Records Contain?
Idaho bankruptcy records contain information on persons involved in bankruptcy cases and other related documents and information, including:
- List of creditors owed, including their personal details and the amounts in claim
- Identifying information of the debtor and debtor’s attorney
- The presiding judge’s name
- Case number
- Petition type
- Filing chapter and date
- Disposition of the case
- Docket information
- Case discharge date
- Financial details of the debtor, including income sources, assets, payment histories, bank account numbers, tax information, monthly living expenses, mortgage(s), loans/leases, the market value of real properties, and any outstanding child/alimony support.
Are Bankruptcy Records Public Information?
Yes, bankruptcy records are subject to public inspection or copying under Section 107(a), U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Sections 107(b) and 112 outline instances when information on a record may be removed from public view, or redacted, upon request of persons involved in a case or at the court’s discretion. Mostly, publicly restricted information is the unique identifiers or financial details of a case’s principal party and any other information that may present a risk of fraud, identity theft, personal injury, property damage, or revealing a business’ confidential information.
Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for specific or multiple records. To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:
- The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
- The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that person resides in or was accused in.
Third-party sites are independent from government sources, and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.
How to Get Idaho Bankruptcy Records
In Idaho, individuals generally have three ways of requesting bankruptcy records created in the Idaho federal bankruptcy court.:
- The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service
- The United States Bankruptcy Court District of Idaho Clerk’s office
- The Voice Case Information System (VCIS)
The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service: This site provides timely electronic access to bankruptcy records from 2003 to date. PACER record information is only accessible via a user account. To create an email and password to log in, requesters may contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676–6856 or register online through the website. The Service Center is open for inquiries on weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule provides information on PACER service charges. However, researchers and persons who do not spend above $30 per quarter are eligible for fee waivers.
The United States Bankruptcy Court District of Idaho Clerk’s office: Copies of bankruptcy records may be obtained from the clerk’s office by mail or in-person request. Individuals visiting the clerk’s offices may use public access computers located in the court’s lobby to make copies. It costs 10 cents per page. If obtained through the clerk, the fee is 50 cents per page and $11 for certification (if needed). Payment can be made by any means except credit or debit card. For mail requests, requesters may send a written request containing the debtor’s name, case number, document title/description, and the requester’s name, contact information, and self-addressed, stamped envelope (for persons who want to receive copies by mail). The mailing/physical addresses of the clerk’s office and courthouses are as follows:
550 West Fort Street
Boise, ID 83724
Phone: (208) 334–1361; (866) 496–1250 (toll free)
Fax: (208) 334–9362
Hours: 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene Office
6450 North Mineral Drive
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Phone: (208) 665–6850; (866) 299–5515 (toll free)
Fax: (208) 665–6801
Hours: 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
801 E. Sherman Street
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: (208) 478–4123; (866) 444–6086 (toll free)
Fax: (208) 478–4106
Hours: 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Persons seeking to obtain or inspect older documents (before 2000) may request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Federal Records Center in Seattle, Washington. However, the clerk’s office may be contacted initially to find out a record’s location. Once confirmed that NARA has the record, the NARA Order Form may be completed to make an order. Requesters may submit this form using mail, fax, or SmartScan services provided by the FRC (Federal Records Center). This request can also be made and paid for online.
Entire record boxes may also be ordered from NARA through the clerk’s office for a fee. This fee is payable by cash, money order, or check to “Clerk, U.S. District Court.” After payment is made, NARA sends the files to the clerk’s office in 5 to 7 days. Requesters may then visit the Clerks office to view these records.
Applicable fees are listed on the NARA Reproduction Fees page. Questions on this process may be addressed to the clerk’s office or by contacting the Seattle office on (206) 336–5115. Further information is available on the Retrieve a Court File page.
The Voice Case Information System (VCIS): VCIS assists individuals in obtaining bankruptcy information directly from the bankruptcy court’s database. Interested persons may dial (866) 222–8029 with a touch-tone phone to obtain details of filed and pending cases from September 17, 1990, to date. The system offers up information, including:
- Debtor’s name and attorney
- Date of filing
- Case number
- Date and place of the first meeting
- Asset(s) status
- Date of case discharge and closing
- The final date for proof of claims filing
Requesters also have the option of connecting to an operator to inquire about unavailable information.
How do I Find Out if My Bankruptcy Case is Closed in Idaho?
Individuals may contact the clerk’s office at (208) 334–1361 (Boise), (208) 665–6850 (Coeur d’Alene), or (208) 478–4123 (Pocatello), to find out if a bankruptcy case has been closed. Also, the Voice Case Information System accessible at (866) 222–8029 provides information on the status and closing date.
Can a Bankruptcy be Expunged in Idaho?
Neither federal law nor the Idaho Local Bankruptcy Rules state any procedures for the expungement of bankruptcies in the State of Idaho. Generally, non-confidential records remain available to members of the public upon request to the federal bankruptcy court or through electronic public access services, as discussed above.