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"Save the Date" for 2017 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference


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Due to system maintenance, CM/ECF and the Court's website ( will be unavailable from January 28, 2017 9:00 PM PST to January 29, 2017 12:00 AM PST (3 hours).

Elementary Bankruptcy Procedure for Consumer Counsel

January 23rd at 4 p.m.


Santa Rosa / Eureka Division
A Further Seminar in Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure

Elementary Bankruptcy Procedure for Consumer Counsel
Why You are an Idiot if you use 506 to Avoid Judicial Liens

Monday, January 23, 2017, at 4:00 P.M.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
99 South E Street, Santa Rosa

     Using § 506 of the Bankruptcy Code instead of § 522 to avoid judicial liens on a debtor’s home works, sort of, but reflects a dangerous lack of knowledge of elementary bankruptcy procedure. This seminar is intended to impart enough understanding of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure so that attendees will never again make this mistake. The general risks of using improper bankruptcy procedure will also be discussed.

     Attendance at this seminar is limited to attorneys, trustees and other bankruptcy professionals. There is no charge for enrollment or materials. For reservations or further information email

     This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 1/2 hours. The United States District Court Practice Program for the Northern District of California certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


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NEW General Order No. 31. Amended Order regarding Deposit and Investment of Registry Funds

Changes to procedures and fees for registry funds invested with the Court become effective December 1, 2016.

  • To accommodate a few changes in the administration of registry funds, General Order No. 31 becomes effective on December 1, 2016. As specified in GO 31 paragraph IV (E), the disputed ownership funds provision will become effective when the Court Registry Investment System (CRIS), as administered by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), begins to accept Disputed Ownership Fund (DOF) deposits.
  • The Judicial Conference approved changes in the fee structure for registry funds that become effective December 1, 2016.  For more information regarding the fee structure refer to General Order No. 31, paragraph III.

The new procedures enable the Court to administer the tax administration requirements established by the Internal Revenue Service for registry funds through the CRIS investment mechanism.

Please contact Chris Gundayao at 415-268-2344 with any questions.