Announcement Archive

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Changes to Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, effective December 1, 2016

Attachment: PDF icon Changes to the Fee Schedule Effective December 1, 2016.pdf

2016 Eureka Holiday Party

Link: 2016 Eureka Holiday Party

Change of United States Postal Service (USPS) Mailing Address for the San Francisco Location

Effective immediately, the court’s United States Postal Service (USPS) mailing address is:

United States Bankruptcy Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
Mail Box 36099
San Francisco CA 94102

The court will keep its current mailing address (P.O. Box 7341) until November 1, 2016.  At which time, mail will be forwarded to the above address (450 Golden Gate Avenue).

Federal Holiday - Thanksgiving

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on November 24th and 25th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Federal Holiday - Veterans Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day.

CM/ECF will be unavailable on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm for system maintenance.

Procurement Solicitation

The US Bankruptcy Court, NDCA (The Court) is soliciting vendors to provide maintenance for our courtroom audio equipment.  The Court has divisional offices in San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Rosa, and San Jose.  Interested vendors must be able to service each location.

Vendors interested in receiving a solicitation packet detailing the Court’s requirements should send an email to:

All requests for the solicitation packet must be received by COB Friday, August 26.


Thank you.

Federal Holiday - Columbus Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, October 10th, in observance of Columbus Day.

22nd (and last) Annual Conley S. Brown Memorial Golf Tournament

Link: Conley S. Brown Memorial Golf Tournament

Building Access at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco Division

The Turk Street entrance (behind 450 Golden Gate) may be used by all persons having business with the United States District Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, Pretrial Services, Probation, Federal Public Defender and the U.S. Attorney's Office.  

Federal Holiday - Labor Day

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

Giants Game August 26, 2016

Link: Giants Game August 26, 2016

Federal Judicial Center (FJC) Survey for Judge William Lafferty

United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Northern District of California

survey for Bankruptcy Judge William J. Lafferty


Judge William J. Lafferty of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California asked the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to survey members of the Bar to assess his level of performance. The judge’s decision to ask the FJC to conduct this survey is entirely voluntary and is part of Judge Lafferty's ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of public service possible. The FJC, which is the research and education organization for the federal courts, is located in Washington, D.C. The FJC has been conducting similar surveys for judges for several years.

During the week of June 13, the FJC will send an email to each attorney who has had a case or proceeding assigned to Judge Lafferty during approximately the past three years. The email will explain how to access and complete an online questionnaire.

Research staff at the FJC will compile and analyze completed questionnaires, and will provide Judge Lafferty a report, including a statistical summary and a compilation of the comments that are received.  FJC staff will not provide the judge with the identity of the people who responded, if that information becomes known to them. The results are exclusively for Judge Lafferty’s use in improving his performance during the remainder of his term; they will not be provided to anyone other than the judge and they will not be used in the reappointment process.

Judge Lafferty currently serves on the FJC Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education.  FJC staff who work with the committee are in a different division of the FJC and are not involved in this survey. The results will not be shared with them and will not affect Judge Lafferty’s standing on the committee.

If you do not receive an email from the FJC and want to participate, please contact Beth Wiggins of the FJC by phone at 202-502-4076 or by email at

If you have questions about the survey or encounter any technical difficulties, please also contact Ms. Wiggins. If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the questionnaire, she can provide you with a copy and instructions for returning it to the FJC.

Fourth Annual Fun Drive

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Santa Rosa Division

Link: Fourth Annual Fun Drive

New Website Features!

The court is pleased to introduce some new features to our website

These features include:

  1. “Live Chat” which will allow you to interact with the Helpdesk via chat box.
  2. A definitions glossary that will be available throughout the website. You can access definitions by hovering over identified key words.
  3. Our “Calendars” page is now divided between court calendars and 341 calendars
  4. A new “Advanced Search” feature is available on some of the sections of the website.
  5. A new format for the Attorneys' ECF manual


Oakland and San Franciso Courthouse Closures, Friday, July 15, 2016

A Nationwide Day of Rage is scheduled for this afternoon, Friday, July 15, 2016 at Frank Ogawa Plaza/City Hall.  As a precautionary measure, the Oakland Division Clerk's Office and Courtrooms are CLOSED. In addition, there is a potential demonstration scheduled at the Civic Center Plaza therefore the San Francisco Division Clerk's Office and Courtooms at 450 Golden Gate are CLOSED.


Federal Holiday - Independence Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.

Judge Blumenstiel's Updated Practices and Procedures

Link: Judge Blumenstiel's Updated Practices and Procedures

Bench-Bar Liaison Committee Recruitment

Attachment: PDF icon Bench Bar Application Letter

Order Temporarily Appointing the Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky as Chief Judge

Attachment: PDF icon Order Temporarily Appointing Jaroslovsky Chief Judge