Bankruptcy Self Representation (Pro Se)
Filing Without an Attorney

What does "Pro Se" Mean?

“Pro se” is a Latin phrase meaning “for oneself” or “on one’s own behalf.” A party to a lawsuit who does not have a lawyer, but instead represents himself, is appearing in the lawsuit “pro se.”

Bankruptcy Facts - Filing Without an Attorney
Bankruptcy Basics
National Bankruptcy Resources Website
Bankruptcy Fraud Hotline
Approved Debtor Education Agencies
Approved Credit Counseling Agencies
Statement of Information
US Trustee Program
Style Guide


VCIS is a court service which allows anyone to dial directly into the Court's Bankruptcy database by calling 866-222-8029 using a touch tone telephone. Available information includes:

  • Case Number
  • Chapter
  • Filing date
  • Debtor's name/principal adversaries
  • Debtor's attorney
  • Trustee
  • Judge
  • Date and location of first meeting
  • Discharge and closing dates
  • Status of assets
  • Last date to file proof of claims

This system includes information on Bankruptcy cases filed since September 17, 1990 and all those pending as of that date. If the desired information is not obtained, the caller is given the opportunity to transfer to an operator.

Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Chapter 7 Fee Waiver Eligibility/Poverty Guideline
Protection of Tax Information Guidance
Approved Notice Providers
County Assignments

Bankruptcy County Assignments

Updated on Sep 17, 2014

Southern Division (Boise):
Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, Washington

Northern Division (Coeur d'Alene):
Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone

Central Division (Moscow):
Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce

Eastern Division (Pocatello/Twin Falls):
Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Power, Teton, Twin Falls

Idaho Bankruptcy Trustees

Updated on Oct 10, 2017

J Ford Elsaesser (Ch 7 & 12)
ph:  (208) 263-8871
fax: (208) 263-8517
POB 2220
Sandpoint, ID  83864

Kathleen McCallister (Ch 13)
ph:  (208) 922-5100
fax: (208) 922-5599
POB 1150
Meridian, ID 83680

David P Gardner (Ch 7)
ph:  (208) 667-2103
ph:  (509) 838-6131 (Spokane)
250 Northwest Blvd, Suite 206
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814

Gary L Rainsdon (Ch 7 & 12)
ph:  (208) 734-1180
fax: (208) 734-2783
3356 N 2600 E
POB 506
Twin Falls, ID  83303

Noah G Hillen (Ch 7)
ph:  (208) 297-5774
POB 6538
Boise, ID  83707

Jeremy J Gugino (Ch 7)
ph:  (208) 342-1590
410 S Orchard, Ste 144
Boise, ID  83705
(No longer taking new cases)

R Sam Hopkins (Ch 7)
ph:  (208) 478-7978
fax: (208) 478-7976
POB 3014
Pocatello, ID  83206

C Barry Zimmerman (Ch 7 & 13)
ph:  (208) 664-6100
fax: (208) 664-4737
601 Sherman Ave, Ste 5
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83816