Announcement Archive

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Federal Holiday - New Year's Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st, in observance of New Year's Day.

Federal Holiday - Christmas Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th, in observance of Christmas Day.

Memorial Service for Retired Chief Judge Lloyd King

Hon. Lloyd King, former Chief Judge of the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court, passed away on October 17, 2019. The court will hold a memorial to honor and remember him on December 9, 2019, at 4:00 PM in the Ceremonial Courtroom, 19th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. Members of the bar and the general public are welcome to attend. Visitors will need government issued identification to pass through security upon arrival.

Federal Holiday - Thanksgiving

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on November 28th and 29th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Judge Lafferty's Brown Bag Luncheon

Attachment: PDF icon Brown Bag Luncheon Flyer

Solicitation of Applicants to Serve as Subchapter V Trustees

The United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for inclusion in a pool of trustees who may be appointed on a case-by-case basis to administer cases filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (Subchapter V), which amended chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (Bankruptcy Code). Please see the below document for more information.

Attachment: PDF icon UST Solicitation

CM/ECF Event Modifications Effective December 1, 2018

The Court will implement new CM/ECF event modifications related to the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure effective December 1, 2018

Link: Procedure effective December 1, 2018. Event modifications, Amendments to the rules

Federal Holiday - Veterans Day

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

San Jose Courtrooms Renumbered Effective August 1, 2019

Upon conclusion of the First Impressions Building Project in San Jose and in an effort to standardize signage throughout the courthouse, effective August 1, 2019, the courtrooms in the San Jose Division will be renumbered as follows: Judge Stephen Johnson’s courtroom, Courtroom 3099, will be designated as Courtroom 9; Judge Elaine Hammond’s courtroom, Courtroom 11, will be designated as Courtroom 11; and the Visiting Judge’s courtroom, Courtroom 3070, will be designated as Courtroom 10. Effective August 1, 2019, court notices will reflect the new courtroom numbers, and notices of hearing filed by parties should reflect the new courtroom numbers as well. Courthouse signage has been updated to reflect the new courtroom numbers. For the time being, the current numbers remain near the courtroom doors.

Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

Thursday, October 24, 2019, in Oakland, CA. See below PDF for details and how to register.

Attachment: PDF icon Oakland Roadways to the Federal Bench -- Registration and Event Details; Panel Bios.pdf

Federal Holiday - Columbus Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, October 14th, in observance of Columbus Day.

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.