Application for Pro Hac Vice (effective February 1, 2019)

Revised: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION (U.S. Bankruptcy Court)

As provided by B.L.R. 1001-2(a) and Civil L.R. 11-3, an attorney who is not a member of the Bar of the Northern District of California, but who is an active member in good standing of the bar of another United States court or of the highest court of another state or the District of Columbia, may appear in an action in this District after he or she has been admitted to practice pro hac vice.  Attorneys wishing to appear pro hac vice must comply with Civil L.R. 11-3 and the following procedures.

For your convenience, an Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice and a Proposed Order Granting Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice are attached below.  These forms may be completed and printed directly from this website.

1. Complete the Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice in its entirety.  Please note that your signature on the Application certifies on oath that you have complied with each of the admission requirements delineated on the Application and that you will abide by the conditions of admission described in Civil L.R. 11-3.  Along with your Application include a true and correct copy of the certificate of good standing or similar official document as required by Civil L.R. 11-3.

2. Complete the Proposed Order Granting Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice

3. File the Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice in the bankruptcy case in which you want to be admitted pro hac vice.  You may file the Application either electronically via CM/ECF or on paper.

Filing an Application Electronically via CM/ECF

The applicant attorney must first complete and submit an ECF Attorney Registration/Waiver form to the HelpDesk at ecf_training@canb.uscourts.gov.  Upon approval, the applicant attorney will be provided access to a single event ECF account to electronically file an Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice, to pay the filing fee online and to upload the proposed order on the Application.  Electronic orders uploaded via CM/ECF for pro hac vice applications must comply with the Court's "E-Order Submission Procedure” located at http://www.canb.uscourts.gov/ecf/reference-desk.

A full access ECF attorney account will be issued after the Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice is granted, and the attorney has completed the requisite CM/ECF training or has been granted a training waiver.

Filing an Application on Paper

Mail or in person deliver to the Office of the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court an original and a copy of the completed Application and proposed order, a postage-paid, self-addressed return envelope, and payment of the filing fee in the amount of $310.00.  Payment must be in the form of a money order, a cashier’s check or a check drawn on a business account, made payable to “Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court.”  Personal checks and cash are not accepted.  Additionally, if submitted directly at a Clerk’s divisional office intake counter payment by credit card is also acceptable.  Do not send credit card information through the mail.  All payments must be in the exact amount of the fee(s) charged.  The Clerk’s Office does not make change.

If approved, a conformed copy of the Application, signed order and your payment receipt will be returned to you in the postage-paid, self-addressed envelope.  You are responsible for serving a copy of the order upon all other parties to the action.

4. If your Application is rejected, you will be notified by the Bankruptcy Court Clerk.  Your admission fee will be refunded upon written request to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court.

5. Following admission, all papers thereafter submitted for filing shall indicate appearance pro hac vice, immediately following the identifying information required by Civil L.R. 3-4 as incorporated by B.L.R. 1001-2(a).

6. Counsel are advised to obtain a copy of the Bankruptcy Local Rules and Civil Local Rules of the Northern District of California, available without charge from any divisional Office of the Bankruptcy Court Clerk, or from the Bankruptcy Court website or the website of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.