Court Operations during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Information about Hearings, Filings, and Operations


Chief Judge Charles Novack • Clerk of Court Edward Emmons

News and Announcements

Judicial Council of California Adopts Emergency Rules

On April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council of California adopted Emergency Rules intended to address issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These Emergency Rules took effect on April 6, 2020 and some of them pertain to unlawful detainer actions and judicial foreclosure actions.  The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California has posted the Emergency Rules here for informational purposes only.  All parties and counsel should understand that the Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules neither govern nor restrict the power of Bankruptcy Judges to decide matters based upon the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, nor do they provide a doctrinal basis to enlarge a Bankruptcy Judge’s powers to decide matters before them.

PDF icon CA Rules of Court (Emergency Rules Adopted and Eff. Apr. 6, 2020)

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, effective December 1, 2020


Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 2002, 2004, 8012, 8013, 8015, and 8021.  Clean and redline versions of these Rule changes are available from the US Courts website

NEW Fourth Amended General Order 38, Matters Pending in the Northern District of California

In re: Coronavirus Disease Public Health Emergency

This order extends the closure of the bankruptcy courts in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Salinas, Oakland, and McKinleyville to the general public through March 1, 2021.

Information for Chapter 11 Cases Filed under the Small Business Reform Act (SBRA) of 2019

Link: Information for Chapter 11 Cases filed under the Small Business Reform Act

PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company

For information on these cases, including how to submit a claim, go to:

Link: PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company


IMPORTANT:  Do not use to pay Chapter 13 plan payments to the trustee or Chapter 11 quarterly fees to the trustee.

You can pay filing fees and make installment payments for Chapter 7, 11, and 13 cases. You can also pay other fees such as searches, copies, exemplifications, and certifications.

Please call the Clerk's Office at (888) 821-7606, in advance, to verify the fee amount.

Use the following link: