Part One. Intradistrict Venue; Commencement Of Cases; Filing of Petitions and Pleadings

1001-3. Designation of Bankruptcy Divisions.

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California consists of the following divisions:

(a) Santa Rosa. Division 1 shall consist of the counties of Del Norte, Mendocino, Humboldt, Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Lake. The division office is located at the United States Courthouse, 99 South "E" Street, Santa Rosa, California 95404.

(b) San Francisco. Division 3 shall consist of the counties of San Francisco and San Mateo. The division office is located at 235 Pine Street, 19th Floor, San Francisco, California 94104 (mailing address: P. O. Box 7341, San Francisco, California 94120).

(c) Oakland. Division 4 shall consist of the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. The division office is located at 1300 Clay Street, Room 300, Oakland, California 94612 (mailing address: P. O. Box 2070, Oakland, California 94604).

(d) San Jose. Division 5 shall consist of the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito. The division office is located at the United States Courthouse, 280 South First Street, Room 3035, San Jose, California 95113.

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1002-1. Filing of Petition and Other Pleadings.

(a) Intradistrict Venue. All petitions shall initially be filed with the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court in the division of proper intradistrict venue as determined by the debtor's street address. The Clerk shall bring to the attention of the Court any case where the debtor's street address in the petition is a post office box.

(b) Where Papers Filed. Except as provided in B.L.R. 1002-1(d), all papers, in bankruptcy cases not withdrawn to the District Court, shall be filed with the Clerk in the division where the case is pending.

(c) Change of Intradistrict Venue. If the petitioner believes that venue should be in a division other than the division indicated by the debtor's street address, along with the petition, the petitioner may file an ex parte application for transfer of the case to another division. The Clerk shall promptly present the application to any available Judge of the division where the petition is filed.

(d) Emergency Filings. In the event of a bona fide emergency a petition may be presented for filing in a division other than that indicated by the debtor's street address. The Clerk shall accept the petition and any other pleadings presented with the petition on behalf of the proper division, shall obtain the proper division's case number, shall place that number on the petition and other pleadings and shall promptly transmit the petition and other pleadings to the proper division.

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1002-2. Number of Copies.

(a) Initial Documents. The petition, statements, schedules, and lists required by Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 1002, 1003, and 1007 shall be filed in the following numbers:

(1) Chapter 7 - an original and 4 copies.

(2) Chapter 9 - an original and 6 copies (7 copies if a corporation).

(3) Chapter 11 - an original and 6 copies (7 copies if a corporation).

(4) Chapter 12 - an original and 4 copies.

(5) Chapter 13 - an original and 4 copies.

(b) All Other Papers. All pleadings and other papers shall be filed in an original and two copies.

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1005-1. Caption and Title of Papers Filed.

In addition to the information generally required by these rules, the caption of each paper filed in a bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding shall contain all of the following information:

(a) The file number of the bankruptcy case in which the proceeding arises and, where applicable, the adversary proceeding, lien avoidance, or relief from stay number;

(b) The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code under which the case is currently pending; and

(c) The date, time, and location of the hearing or trial, where applicable.

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1007-1. Use of Practice Forms.

The Court may approve and require the use of pre-printed practice forms. The Court may also approve practice forms which are not pre-printed but the format of which is required to be followed. Practice forms may be adopted on a district-wide or division-wide basis. Required forms will be available in the Clerk's office and, with respect to Chapter 13 practice, also in the office of the Chapter 13 Trustee.

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1015-1. Related Cases.

(a) Defined. Related cases are cases where assignment to a single Judge would promote efficient administration of the estates or avoid conflicting or inconsistent rulings. Related cases may include: husband and wife; a partnership and one or more of its general partners; two or more general partners; two or more debtors having an interest in the same asset; or a debtor and an affiliate.

(b) Notice of Related Cases. In the event there are related bankruptcy cases, the debtor shall file a Notice of Related Case(s) at the time of filing of a petition for relief, and shall serve a copy of the notice upon the United States Trustee. The notice shall list the name, filing date, and case number of any related cases.

(c) Transfer. The Court may, on its own motion or upon the motion of a party in interest, order a case transferred to another Bankruptcy Judge based on the Court's determination as to whether a case is related and whether the transfer will promote the efficient administration of the estates or avoid inconsistent or conflicting rulings.

(d) Procedure.A motion by a party in interest to transfer a case or cases shall be addressed to the Judge presiding in the earliest filed case and served on the debtors and all trustees appointed in the cases.

Cross Reference See Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1015.