Announcement Archive

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Santa Rosa Division - REOPENED

PG&E has restored power to this court location.

Register! 2019 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference

Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Presidio of San Francisco

Attachment: PDF icon Judges' Conference Save the Date--REVISED Link Added.pdf

Federal Holiday - Labor Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day.

Notice of Proposed Revisions to the Bankruptcy Local Rules

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Court is considering changes to Bankruptcy Local Rules 1001-2, 1002-1, 1005-1, 1017-1, 1017-2, 3017-1, 5005-1, 8003-1, 9013-3, 9014-1, 9022-1, 9040-3, 9042-2 and the addition of NEW Bankruptcy Local Rules 2002-2 and 2016-1. A PDF of the proposed changes is below. Comments regarding any of the proposed changes may be submitted by emailing by July 26, 2019.

Attachment: PDF icon Redline Revised Bankruptcy Local Rules (7.19).pdf

Judge Blumenstiel's New Practices and Procedures

Link: Judge Blumenstiel's Practices and Procedures

Federal Holiday - Independence Day

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

NEW Guidelines for Chapter 11 Cases, Effective June 1, 2019

Effective June 1, 2019, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California adopts the below Guidelines for Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases regarding filing first day motions and voluntary dismissal.

First Day Motion Guidelines for Chapter 11 Cases

Guidelines Regarding Voluntary Dismissals of Chapter 11 Cases

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 four (4) 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. Trustees and employees of the U.S. Trustee are eligible to apply. Applicants 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, Adam N. Barasch ( and Joanne LaFreniere ( by June 14, 2019.

Invitation for Q&A in McKinleyville with Judge Lafferty

Please join us for a discussion of practices and procedures and judges’ inclinations to be conducted after the conclusion of the Court’s calendar in McKinleyville on June 7, 2019.

It is currently estimated that the discussion will commence shortly after 10:00 a.m. and last for approximately one hour, and will be conducted in the same manner as such get-togethers were frequently conducted by the esteemed and honorable Judge Jaroslovsky. Among other topics, Judge Lafferty expects to lead a discussion concerning bankruptcy cases with connections to the cannabis industry.

You are free to appear personally or to sign up through court call shortly after 10:00 a.m.

CM/ECF 5.2 Release, Effective April 29, 2019

Effective April 29, 2019, the Court has migrated from CM/ECF version 5.1.4 to 5.2. This release was primarily applied in order to strengthen our system's integrity and security, and the public should not see any direct changes to our program.



Federal Holiday - Memorial Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.

CM/ECF Temporarily Unavailable on May 18, 2019

Effective Saturday, May 18, 2019, CM/ECF will be temporarily unavailable from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM, for standardize maintenance. CM/ECF should resume operations after 10:00 PM.

Invitation for Public Comment on the Reappointment of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Roger L. Efremsky

Attachment: PDF icon b PublicNotice-Efremsky - CAN.pdf

CM/ECF Unavailable During 4/26 Weekend

Effective Monday, April 29, 2019, our court will migrate from CM/ECF version 5.1.4 to version 5.2. To help prepare for this transition, our CM/ECF Live environment will be temporarily unavailable beginning on Friday, April 26, at 8:00 PM to Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 AM.

Recruitment of Resolution Advocates

Resolution Advocate Recruitment for the

Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program (BDRP)


The BDRP invites applications from individuals for appointment to the BDRP Panel of Resolution Advocates.  Please visit Information on Joining BDRP as a Resolution Advocate to submit an application.

Judge Montali's Open Calendar Dates and Procedure

Link: Judge Montali's Open Calendar Dates and Procedure - San Francisco and Santa Rosa Cases

NEW District Procedure for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice

Link: District Procedure for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice

Portrait Dedication Ceremony of Retired Bankruptcy Judge Alan Jaroslovsky

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California cordially invites bankruptcy practitioners to attend the portrait dedication ceremony of Retired Bankruptcy Judge Alan Jaroslovsky on Monday, March 11, in the Santa Rosa courthouse. The ceremony will occur immediately after Judge Efremsky’s 11:00 AM calendar. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by Monday, March 4, 2019.

Judge Blumenstiel's Notice of Unavailability

Please be advised that the Honorable Hannah L. Blumenstiel will not be available on Friday, February 15, 2019 through and including Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Attachment: PDF icon Blumenstiel Notice of Unavailability (15 February - 27 February 2019).pdf