Announcement Archive

CM/ECF HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO NEXTGEN CM/ECF on 2/16/21.
Please visit our NextGen CM/ECF web page for more information.

Federal Holiday - Columbus Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, October 11th, in observance of Columbus Day.

Postponement of 2021 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference

Please note that the NDCA Bankruptcy Judicial Conference scheduled for 10/1/21 at the Presidio (and rescheduled from 2020) is postponed. To have the in-person connections that this conference brings, a new date will be determined and announced for 2022.

Federal Holiday - Labor Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, September 6th, in observance of Labor Day.

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

In re: Coronavirus Disease Public Health Emergency

This order announces effective June 28, 2021, the Intake Counter at Clerk’s office locations in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland will re-open to the public with limited hours of operation.

Save the Date - 2021 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference, October 1, 2021

Attachment: PDF icon Save the Date 2021 Bay Area Judges' Conference

Federal Holiday - Independence Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day.

Federal Holiday - Juneteenth

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth

Federal Holiday - Memorial Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, May 31st, in observance of Memorial Day.

NEW Procedures for Filing Redacted or Sealed Confidential or Highly Sensitive Documents

The District has adopted a new procedure, effective March 23, 2021.

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

NEW Sixth 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 until further notice.

CM/ECF Temporarily Unavailable on Saturday, March 13, 2021

Access to CM/ECF will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday, March 13, 2021, from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM due to system maintenance.

Important Change to ECF Sealed Document Procedures Due to CM/ECF System Breach

            The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has provided notice of a national breach of the CM/ECF system and has called upon courts to implement new security procedures to protect Highly Sensitive Documents.  Given the limited number and nature of documents that are filed under seal by the bankruptcy court, the court construes this request to apply to all motions to seal documents filed in this court.  The bankruptcy court is working to update its motion to seal protocols, and is awaiting further guidance and direction from the Administrative Office of the Courts on this matter.

            In the interim, the bankruptcy court is revising its “Electronically Filing Sealed and Redacted Documents” guideline (the “Guideline”) as follows:

            Step 2 under the “CM/ECF Filing Sequence For Sealed Documents” is stricken, and the moving party shall not electronically file the document(s) at issue. Instead, the moving party shall contact and inform chambers that it is filing a motion to seal a document.  After notifying chambers, the moving party shall place the document(s) in question into an envelope that identifies on its cover the bankruptcy case/adversary proceeding caption and states in bold, upper case language that it contains “PROPOSED DOCUMENT(S) TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL.” The moving party shall securely seal the envelope and cause the envelope to be delivered and deposited into the court’s drop-box located in the San Francisco or San Jose courthouse.  The court shall physically secure the document(s) in question. 

            Paragraph 4 of the Guideline shall now read as follows:

            A.  If Motion is Granted: The proposed document(s) Filed Under Seal will remain sealed and become part of the record, but will not be electronically filed. The Clerk will annotate the original docket entry as follows: PROPOSED SEALED DOCUMENT(S) APPROVED-REFER TO DOCKET ENTRY #_. 

            B. If Motion is Denied: The proposed document will remain in the secure possession of the court and will not be placed on the electronic docket. The Clerk will annotate the original docket entry as follows: PROPOSED SEALED DOCUMENTS DENIED-REFER TO DOCKET ENTRY #_.

Update to the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Procedures, effective February 1, 2021

In particular:  Notice of Electronic Filing and Service, Current and Active Registered Participant E-Mail Address



Attachment: PDF icon ECFProceduresRedlineCompareMarch162020toFebruary12021.pdf

Link: Electronic Case Filing Procedures (Effective 2/1/2021).

Federal Holiday - Presidents' Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, February 15th, in observance of Presidents' Day.

CM/ECF Temporarily Unavailable on Friday, February 12th to Tuesday, February 16th

CM/ECF system will be temporarily unavailable from Friday, February 12th at 5:00 PM to Tuesday, February 16th at 8:00 AM due to NextGen software upgrade.

Changes to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, Effective December 1, 2020

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved adjustments to the miscellaneous fee schedule for bankruptcy courts.



Attachment: PDF icon MiscFeeScheduleEff12.2020.pdf

Virtual Luncheon with the Judges and the Bench-Bar Liaison Commitee

The Bankruptcy Judges of the Northern District of California and the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee are hosting a virtual luncheon on January 29, 2021 from 12 PM-1:30 PM. The event takes place on Zoom and offers an opportunity for questions and answers. 

To register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wxWUlr_0TmSYsuw-x4TdsQ

If you have a question for the Judges, please fill out the form: https://jenleelaw.wufoo.com/forms/questions-for-judges/

Questions must be submitted by January 22, 2021 for review and planning of the webinar.

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