Announcement Archive

Federal Holiday - Independence Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day.

NEW Third 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 federal courts in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Salinas, Oakland, and McKinleyville to the general public through September 30, 2020. 

This order establishes a new requirement regarding the noticing of civil hearings and trials conducted by video or teleconference.  Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all notices of any motion or application filed with the court and served on any party which sets a hearing date for the motion or application must state that the hearing will not be conducted in the presiding judge’s courtroom but instead will be conducted by telephone or video, and include language as specified in Paragraph 8 in the Third Amended General Order 38.


Link: Third Amended General Order 38

CM/ECF Unavailability on Saturday, June 20, 2020

Access to CM/ECF will be unavailable on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM for system maintenance.

Recruitment to the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee

The Bench-Bar Liaison Committee (the “Committee”) is seeking members of the bar to serve a three-year term on the Committee. There are currently seven (7) vacancies on the Committee and service will commence on July 1, 2019.

Prospective Committee Members should review the requirements and selection criteria of General Order No. 15. Trustee’s and employees of the U.S. Trustee are eligible to apply. Applications must commit to participate in six to eight Committee meetings each year during their membership term and to otherwise actively further the Committee’s mission. To apply for a position on the Committee, please send a letter of interest along with a current resume or curriculum vitae to the Committee Co-Chairs, Dennis Miller ( and Scott Johnson ( by June 15, 2020.

A Discussion on Changes to Bankruptcy Practice in Light of COVID-19

The Northern District Bench-Bar Liaison Committee and the Office of the U.S. Trustee presents a discussion.

Attachment: PDF icon COVID19DiscussionNDCAFlyer.pdf

Drop-boxes for Filing Documents in San Francisco and San Jose are Currently NOT Accessible

Because of upcoming protests near federal building locations in the Northern District of California, all courthouses are CLOSED through Monday, June 8, 2020.  If you need to file a document or contact the Court, please call (888) 821-7606. In addition, pleadings can be sent to .

Federal Holiday - Memorial Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.

CM/ECF Unavailable During 5/2 Weekend

CM/ECF will be unavailable on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7 AM to Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM for system maintenance.

Updates to the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Procedures, effective March 16, 2020

Attachment: PDF icon ECF Procedures Redline Compare Feb 1 2010 to March 16 2020.pdf

Link: Electronic Case Filing Procedures (Effective 3/16/2020)

New Attorney Change of Address Procedures, effective March 16, 2020

Link: Change Attorney Address in CM/ECF (Effective 3/16/2020)

Changes to the Bankruptcy Local Rules, effective March 16, 2020

Attachment: PDF icon Redline of revised and new Bankruptcy Local Rules (Effective March 16, 2020)

Judge Blumenstiel's New Practices and Procedures

Link: Judge Blumenstiel's New Practices and Procedures

2020 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference - Save the Date

October 2, 2020 - Registration Information to Follow

Attachment: PDF icon Save-the-Date-2020.pdf

Access to CM/ECF will be intermittent on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 5 AM to 10 AM.

CM/ECF will be unavailable on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 10 AM to 10 PM for system maintenance.

Invitation for Public Comment on the Reappointment of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali

Attachment: PDF icon PublicNotice-Montali - CAN.pdf

UPDATE: PG&E Hearing to be Conducted via TELECONFERENCE vs. Video Conference as previously announced

On April 7, 2020, at 10:00 AM, the Bankruptcy Court hearing in the PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company Chapter 11 cases (Case No. 19-30088-DM (Lead Case)) will be conducted by Judge Dennis Montali via TELECONFERENCE. Attorneys and others intending to appear and be heard on matters on the calendar should register via CourtCall through their existing accounts or should contact CourtCall at 888-882-6878 no later than 5:00 PM, PDT, on April 6, 2020.  Members of the media and others wishing to attend via Listen Only at no cost should also register by the same deadline.

Interim Rules for Chapter 11 Cases Filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Attachment: PDF icon General Order 37.pdf

NEW General Order 39, Debtor(s) Signatures on Electronic Filings

Order Temporarily Suspending Requirement to Obtain Original Signatures from Debtors for Electronic Filings

Attachment: PDF icon GeneralOrder39.pdf

NEW General Order 40, Order Extending Certain Deadlines

Attachment: PDF icon GeneralOrder40.pdf

Learn about the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. Santa Rosa and Salinas Locations

Informal Program with The Honorable Hannah L. Blumenstiel

Santa Rosa on February 12, 2020, and Salinas on March 4, 2020. 

See below flyers for details.

Attachment: PDF icon SBRA Program Flyer (February 12 2020 - Santa Rosa).pdf, PDF icon SBRA Program Flyer (March 4 2020 - Salinas).pdf