Chief Judge Roger L. Efremsky • Clerk of Court Edward Emmons

News and Announcements

Changes to Bankruptcy Local Rules, effective December 1, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: This version (11/21/17) was modified to clarify the intent of BLR 3007-1(c).

Redline of revised Bankruptcy Local Rules 1001-3, 1007-1, 1015-1, 3007-1, and 3015-1 is below.


PDF icon Redline of revised BLR 1001-3, 1007-1, 1015-1, 3007-1, 3015-1 (Effective December 1, 2017)v2

NEW Chapter 13 Plan Overview Sessions

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  LIVE in Santa Rosa with Chief Judge Efremsky and Judge Montali.  Video casts in Oakland (Courtroom 201), San Francisco (Courtroom 17), and San Jose (Courtroom 3070).

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM.  LIVE in Oakland (Courtroom 201) with Chief Judge Efremsky and Judge Novack. Video casts in Santa Rosa, San Jose (Courtroom 3070), and San Francisco (Courtroom 17).

Space is limited. Please email one of the addresses below to confirm your attendance. Include your name and the date you will be attending in the email.

San Francisco:
San Jose:     
Santa Rosa: 

NEW General Orders 34 and 35

General Order 34, In re: Chapter 13 Debt Adjustment Cases and General Order 35, In re: Chapter 13 Attorney's Fees for Cases Using Form Chapter 13 Plan, effective December 1, 2017.  Available at:

NEW Chapter 13 Plan, effective December 1, 2017

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California has adopted a new Chapter 13 Plan (NDC 1-1), which becomes effective December 1, 2017.   The plan and instructions are available at:

New Internal Procedures

for Processing Adversary Proceedings and Involuntary Cases and Related CM/ECF Event Modifications

The Court will implement new internal procedures for processing adversary proceedings and involuntary cases effective October 30, 2017.  Changes to CM/ECF events related to these procedures, as well as other event modifications, are posted at  Highlighted in particular for your attention are that "Status Conference" will be referred to as "Scheduling Conference," and plaintiffs will be able to specify which among multiple defendants are to be voluntarily dismissed from an adversary proceeding.  Trustees:  Please note that several events related to the Final Report or Account, Interim Report, and the Order Discharging Trustee will be modified.

Bench Bar Liaison Committee Open Session

for Santa Rosa Practitioners

Chief Judge Efremsky and Judge Montali will be present.  November 27, 2017, from 12 Noon to 1 PM, Santa Rosa Courthouse (see pdf for more information)


PDF icon sr bblc meeting 2017 11 27.pdf

Federal Holiday - Thanksgiving

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on November 23rd and 24th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases and Adversary Proceedings

Currently Assigned to the Honorable Dennis Montali


PDF icon Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases and Adversary Proceedings Currently Assigned to the Honorable Dennis Montali