Announcement Archive

New Internal Procedures

for Processing Adversary Proceedings and Involuntary Cases and Related CM/ECF Event Modifications

The Court will implement new internal procedures for processing adversary proceedings and involuntary cases effective October 30, 2017.  Changes to CM/ECF events related to these procedures, as well as other event modifications, are posted at http://www.canb.uscourts.gov/ecf/new-in-ecf.  Highlighted in particular for your attention are that "Status Conference" will be referred to as "Scheduling Conference," and plaintiffs will be able to specify which among multiple defendants are to be voluntarily dismissed from an adversary proceeding.  Trustees:  Please note that several events related to the Final Report or Account, Interim Report, and the Order Discharging Trustee will be modified.

NEW Chapter 13 Plan Overview Sessions

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  LIVE in Santa Rosa with Chief Judge Efremsky and Judge Montali.  Video casts in Oakland (Courtroom 201), San Francisco (Courtroom 17), and San Jose (Courtroom 3070).

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM.  LIVE in Oakland (Courtroom 201) with Chief Judge Efremsky and Judge Novack. Video casts in Santa Rosa, San Jose (Courtroom 3070), and San Francisco (Courtroom 17).

Space is limited. Please email one of the addresses below to confirm your attendance. Include your name and the date you will be attending in the email.

San Francisco:       SF13Program@canb.uscourts.gov
San Jose:               SJ13Program@canb.uscourts.gov
Santa Rosa:           SR13Program@canb.uscourts.gov
Oakland:                OK13Program@canb.uscourts.gov

Bench Bar Liaison Committee Open Session

for Santa Rosa Practitioners

Chief Judge Efremsky and Judge Montali will be present.  November 27, 2017, from 12 Noon to 1 PM, Santa Rosa Courthouse (see pdf for more information)



Attachment: PDF icon sr bblc meeting 2017 11 27.pdf

Federal Holiday - Thanksgiving

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on November 23rd and 24th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Chief Judge Efremsky's NEW Practices and Procedures

Link: Chief Judge Efremsky's Practices and Procedures

Federal Holiday - Veterans Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Friday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day.

Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy Programs. October 24, 2017 and November 7, 2017

Presenters: Hon. Stephen L. Johnson, Jennifer Hayes, and Ori Katz

Attachment: PDF icon In San Jose: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, PDF icon In San Francisco: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Change of United States Postal Service (USPS) Mailing Address for the Oakland Division

Effective immediately, the Oakland Division's USPS mailing address is:

United States Bankruptcy Court
1300 Clay Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

The Oakland Division will keep its current mailing address (P.O. Box 2070) until September 30, 2017. At which time, mail be forwarded to the above address (1300 Clay Street).

CM/ECF will be unavailable on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, from 5 PM to 8 PM to install system upgrades.

Please contact the Court if you have any questions or concerns.

Santa Rosa Division Calendar for October 18, 2017 is Continued to November 1, 2017

Please take notice:  The calendar matters set for October 18, 2017, in Santa Rosa are all continued to the same time on November 1, 2017. Questions should be sent to ruby_bautista@canb.uscourts.gov

Santa Rosa Calendar for October 16, 2017 is Continued to October 23, 2017

Please take notice:  The calendar matters set for 11:00 AM on October 16, 2017, in Santa Rosa are all continued to the same time on October 23, 2017. Questions should be sent to monica_burley@canb.uscourts.gov

UPDATE Santa Rosa Divisional Office Closure, Thursday, 10/12/2017 through Monday, 10/16/2017

Attorneys and the public will NOT be able to conduct business in person at the Santa Rosa location. The office is expected to re-open on Tuesday, October 17, 2017; however, please check the court’s website for more information. All other locations of the court are open for regular business.

Santa Rosa Chapter 13 Calendars for October 11, 2017 are Continued to November 8, 2017

Please take notice: The 1:00, 1:10, 1:20, 1:30 and 1:45 PM Chapter 13 calendar matters set for October 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa are all continued to the same times on November 8, 2017

Federal Holiday - Columbus Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, October 9th, in observance of Columbus Day.

UPDATED Guidelines for Valuing Collateral Under § 506 and FRBP 3012 in Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases

This updated guideline replaces Guidelines for Valuing and Avoiding Liens in Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases, dated September 10, 2010



Link: Valuing Collateral Under § 506 and FRBP 3012 in Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases

Request for Comments on the Northern District's New Chapter 13 Plan

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Court is requesting comments on the new Chapter 13 Plan (to be effective on 12/1/2017).  A pdf of the Chapter 13 Plan is below. Comments regarding the new Chapter 13 Plan may be emailed to the bench-bar liaison representatives Sarah Little s.little@kornfieldlaw.com and W. Kirk Moore wkmoore@bayareabk.com by October 3, 2017. Subject line of the email should be: Chapter 13 Plan Comments.  The bench-bar liaison representatives will prepare a summary of comments for the judges’ review. In addition, the actual comments will be forwarded to the judges.  Also below is a pdf of the instructions to assist in the review of the new Chapter 13 Plan.



Attachment: PDF icon New Chapter 13 Plan, PDF icon Chapter 13 Plan Instructions

Policy on Personal Data Identifiers

Application of Policy on Privacy of Personal Data Identifiers

In the interest of full and open access by the public to the records and the dockets of the Bankruptcy Court, absent an order on a motion to file a document under seal, to file a redacted document, to redact a document, or to restrict access to a document or an applicable exception, the Clerk’s Office will not manually or electronically seal, redact or restrict access to a document filed with the court electronically or in paper.  Consistent with Bankruptcy Rule 9037 and the Judicial Conference Policy on Privacy and Public Access to Electronic Case Files, in an electronic or paper filing made with the court that contains an individual’s social security number, taxpayer identification number, birth date, the name of an individual, other than the debtor, known to be an identified as a minor, or a financial account number, unless the court orders otherwise, a party or non-party making the filing may include only:

(1)  The last four digits of the social security number and taxpayer identification number;

(2)  The year of the individual’s birth;

(3)  The minor’s initials; and

(4)  The last for digits of the financial account number.

This policy on privacy of personal data identifiers is subject to the provisions of, inter alia, 11 U.S.C. §§ 107 and 112, Bankruptcy Rule 9037, Civil Local Rule 79-5, the district procedure for Electronically Filing Sealed and Redacted Documents, and the Interim District Procedure for Motions to Redact.

Federal Holiday - Labor Day

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

Notice of Unavailability for Judge Blumenstiel

August 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017

Link: Notice of Unavailability for August 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017

Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases Pending In the Santa Rosa Division

Attachment: PDF icon Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases Pending In the Santa Rosa Division

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