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

New PACER Website

Check out PACER’s newly redesigned, informational and
resource website,

The website provides information about how the public
can access federal court records electronically and have
easy access to PACER and PACER-related applications.

New features include:

  • Mobile friendly design;
  • New tools to search for court-specific information;
  • Interactive format to search frequently asked questions;
  • Search engine has been optimized to improve content
  • JSON and XML feeds of court-specific information; and
  • New accessibility tools.

In addition, two PACER applications—Manage My Account
and Registration—have new designs to create an improved
user experience. 

Email any feedback to the PACER Service

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)

Judge Montali's New Practices and Procedures

Link: Judge Montali's Practices and Procedures

NEW Third Amended General Order 40, Order Extending Certain Deadlines

PDF icon ThirdAmendedGO40.pdf

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

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

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