Bankruptcy Court Information For Greene County, VA

Ruckersville, Virginia 22968

Residents of Greene County, Virginia file bankruptcy in Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court

3 courthouses serve the Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court.

Review the list of courthouses below and confirm that the one you'd like to use serves Greene County.

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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Virginia Western 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 Virginia Western 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.

Online Filing (eSR)

Online Filing - Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court offers online filing! About one quarter of the nation's bankruptcy courts have started to offer electronic filing (eSR) for debtors not represented by an attorney. Your court is on the leading edge of this exciting new option! Click here to learn more about how to file online with the Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court.

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 Virginia Western 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 Virginia Western 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 - VAW

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 Virginia Western 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 Virginia Western 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 Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court

Review the list of courthouses below and confirm that the one you'd like to use serves Greene County.


Court Website info

Street Address: 

210 Church Ave.
Room 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 857-2391

Mailing Address: 

U. S. Bankruptcy Court
210 Church Ave.
Room 200
Roanoke, VA 24011

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Court Website info

Street Address: 

1101 Court St.
Room 166
Lynchburg, VA 24504
(434) 845-0317

Mailing Address: 

U. S. Bankruptcy Court
1101 Court St.
Room 166
Lynchburg, VA 24504


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Court Website info

Street Address: 

116 N. Main St.
Room 223
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
(540) 434-8327

Mailing Address: 

U. S. Bankruptcy Court
116 N. Main St.
Room 223
Harrisonburg, VA 22802


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Virginia Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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



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





Peter J. Barrett 
901 East Byrd Street 
Suite 1000 
Richmond, VA 23219 
Phone: (804)343-5237 
Fax: (804)783-6192 


William A. Broscious 
P.O. Box 71180 
Henrico, VA 23255 
Phone: (804) 516-0670 


Karen M. Crowley 
150 Boush Street, Ste. 300 
Norfolk, VA 23510 
Phone: (757) 333-4500 
Fax: (757) 333-4514 


Thomas B. Dickenson 
1170 Lexan Avenue 
Suite 203 
Norfolk, VA 23508 
Phone: (757) 489-1300 


H. Jason Gold 
P.O. Box 57359 
Washington , DC 20037 
Phone: (804) 223-2031 


Donald F. King 
1775 Wiehle Ave., Suite 400 
Reston, VA 20190 
Phone: (703)218-2116 


Kevin R. McCarthy 
8508 Rehoboth Court 
Vienna, VA 22182 
Phone: (703)770-9261 


Janet M. Meiburger 
1493 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 201 
McLean, VA 22101 
Phone: (703)556-7871 


Daniel A. Raymond 
4732 Longhill Road, Suite 3101 
Williamsburg, VA 23188 
Phone: (757) 565-0423 
Fax: (757) 565-2064 


Bruce E. Robinson 
1374 Goodes Ferry Road 
P.O. Box 538 
South Hill, VA 23970 
Phone: (434) 447-7922 


David R. Ruby 
100 Shockoe Slip 
Richmond, VA 23219 
Phone: (804) 698-6220 
Fax: )804) 780-1813 


Tom C. Smith, Jr. 
500 E. Plume Street 
Norfolk, VA 23510 
Phone: (757)428-3481 


Lynn L. Tavenner 
20 N. Eight Street, 2nd Floor 
Richmond, VA 23219 
Phone: (804)783-8300 


Jennifer J. West 
411 East Franklin St., Ste. 600 
Richmond, VA 23219 
Phone: (804) 697-2094 



William E. Callahan, Jr. 
P.O. Box 40013 (24022-0013) 
10 Franklin Road, SE Suite 900 
Roanoke, VA 24011 
Phone: (540) 983-9309 


Scot S. Farthing 
490 West Monroe Street 
Wytheville, VA 24382 
Phone: (276)625-0222 


Andrew S. Goldstein 
310 First Street, Suite 1200 
Roanoke, VA 24003 
Phone: (540)343-9800 


Steven L. Higgs 
9 Franklin Road, SW 
Roanoke, VA 24011 -2403 
Phone: (540)400-7990 


Hannah W. Hutman 
342 South Main Street 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
Phone: (540)433-2444 


W. Stephen Scott 
P.O. Box 1312 
Charlottesville, VA 22902 
Phone: (434) 227-5520 


Robert S. Stevens 
501 Grove Avenue 
Charlottesville, VA 22902 
Phone: (434) 973-5012 


George I. Vogel, II 
P.O. Box 18188 
204 McClanahan Street, SW 
Roanoke, VA 24014 -0815 
Phone: (540)982-1220 

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What's all this about "CM/ECF"?

If you visit any bankruptcy court website, you will see prominent notices about mandatory "CM/ECF" which stands for "Case Management/Electronic Case Files." If you are representing yourself (filing without a lawyer), don't worry about this -- it applies only to lawyers (although most sites fail to mention that important fact).

If you're a lawyer, you must file your client's bankruptcy forms electronically and receive training on how to do it. Electronic filing simply means filing your forms as PDF (Acrobat) files via the internet or CD-ROM. Creating PDF files does not require special software. Any software that can print can also produce PDF files with the proper software add-ons. There are some specialized attorneys' bankruptcy software that will produce PDFs from data you enter.

Most downloadable official forms these days are PDFs with fillable fields and most computers can "print" a filled-in form to a PDF file. (See the Free Bankruptcy Forms page for more info)

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Courts that offer "eSR" - Electronic Self Representation

See below for our list of courts that allow debtors to electroncially file.

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Dealing with "legalese"

Bankruptcy court websites have come a long way towards plain English?

Courts should serve all taxpayers, not just lawyers. Filing requirements should be clear and accessible to everyone. After all, everyone must follow the law, so why not make the rules clear and in plain English?

Unfortunately, not all courts provide clear, simple instructions for filing bankruptcy forms. It takes some effort to translate legalese into plain English, and some courts just don't bother.

However, some courts do an admirable job of providing information to help non-attorneys find relevant information. They lay out clear timelines of essential procedures and explain requirements in a clear, easy to follow manner.

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Courts That Do a Good Job Of Helping Debtors Who Don't Have An Attorney

In our first review of 90 bankruptcy court websites nationwide in 2007, found only a handful court websites that provided clear, well-organized filing information for those who don't speak legalese.

A few courts, however, showed what could be done if all courts would bother to take the time to help the general public, and so we created a "Hall of Fame" of good government, to show what could be done by a court with taxpayer's money and a little extra effort, organizaion, and plain English. All bankruptcy courts should follow their example.

In subsequent reviews, many court websites showed significant improvement from 2007 to 2009.

However, as of August 2022, although in general court websites are much better, there is still a wide gap between the best and worst ones when it comes to serving the unrepresented debtor.

If your court's website isn't helpful, check out one of these sites....

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Bankruptcy courts that do a good job of explaining procedures to non-lawyers and / or offer eSR (electronic Self Representation)

Here are the best of the best. Court websites can and do change -- hopefully for the better, but not always.

Note: Links go directly to the court's info for non-lawyers, rather than the court home page.

Note: As you will see if you look at several of these, most of the information you find is general and applies regardless of which court you're filing in.

However, some procedures are "local" and deadlines and forms can vary from court to court.

Always confirm that you are complying with your own court's local rules and procedures.

Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

New interface is a bit too clever by half. Important info is buried in the menu called "Court" Click the "No Attorney" link. Once you get past that, it's pretty good. Pop up menus work very slowly and may not work on all browsers. On some browsers you may not even see the menus at all! Has a dedicated pro se counter. (May 2009) Update: Court should make website work with all browsers. Important information is missed if the home page menus don't work right. But downloadble PDF guides are good, but were written in 2007. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers

Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Now features a special menu just for those filing without an attorney. Offers clearly organized guidance as to what to do when. (May 2009) Update. Still excellent. Could be a model for other courts. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers