Bankruptcy Court Information For Clark County, ID

Dubois, Idaho 83423

Residents of Clark County, Idaho file bankruptcy in Idaho District Bankruptcy Court

3 courthouses serve the Idaho District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Idaho District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Idaho District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Idaho District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Idaho District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - ID

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Idaho District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Idaho District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Idaho District Bankruptcy Court

Clark County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Pocatello, ID
801 E. Sherman Street, Pocatello ID 83201. (208) 478-4123


Court Website info

Boise Office
550 W. Fort Street
Suite 400
Boise ID 83724

(208) 334-1361
(208) 334-9362 (fax)
(866) 496-1250 (toll free)

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Court Website info

Pocatello Office
801 E. Sherman Street
Room 119
Pocatello ID 83201

(208) 478-4123
(208) 478-4106 (fax)
(866) 444-6086 (toll free)

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Coeur d Alene

Court Website info

Coeur d'Alene Office
6450 North Mineral Drive
Coeur d'Alene ID 83815

(208) 665-6850
(208) 665-6801 (fax)
(866) 299-5515 (toll free)

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Idaho District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Idaho List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.


J. Ford Elsaesser
P.O. Box 2220
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Phone: (208) 263-8871
Fax: (208) 263-8517


David P. Gardner
250 Northwest Blvd., Suite 206
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (509) 838-6131


Patrick J. Geile
P.O. Box 925
Meridian, ID 83680
Phone: (208) 947-1575


R. Samuel Hopkins
P.O. Box 3014
Pocatello, ID 82306 -3014
Phone: (208)478-7978


Timothy R. Kurtz
P.O. 956
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 287-8125
Fax: (208) 287-8130


Kimberly L. Stevens
1104 Country Hills Drive
Suite 750
Ogden, UT 84403
Phone: (801) 393-5555