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

Please visit our NextGen CM/ECF web page for more information.

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 Blumenstiel will accept applications for a Term Law Clerk beginning September 20, 2021

Link: SFCH02-21 - Term Law Clerk - San Francisco

CM/ECF Temporary Unavailability and NextGen CM/ECF 1.6.2 Information

The California Northern Bankruptcy Court will be upgrading our Case Management and Electronic Case Filing system to version 1.6.2 and will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, October 16 at 5:00 AM to Sunday, October 17 at 11:00 PM.

Our CM/ECF filing system will be fully upgraded to NextGen v 1.6.2 on Monday, October 18, 2021.  Please visit our website and review NextGen 1.6 PDF Information regarding what enhancements should be omitted from submission to our filing system.


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.

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