Announcement Archive

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Court Remains Open During Government Shutdown

Despite a government shutdown, the federal Judiciary will remain open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through February 9, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.

During this time, scheduled hearings will be held as usual, filings will be accepted, hours of operation, availability of systems, and other services will continue as normal. In the event circumstances change, the Court will provide notice of any changes to scheduled hearings and service levels.

UPDATE: San Francisco Division Public Record Access is Available

Public Access to electronic court records is now available at  the San Francisco divisional office located at 450 Golden Gate Avenue.

United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California Court Operations in the Event of a Government Shutdown

In the event of a government shutdown and until further notice, all divisions will continue to operate under normal schedules, including matters set for hearing and public hours. The court's case management system (CM/ECF) and PACER, will remain available as well.

Federal Holiday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Changes to Bankruptcy Local Rules, effective December 1, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: This version (11/21/17) was modified to clarify the intent of BLR 3007-1(c).

Redline of revised Bankruptcy Local Rules 1001-3, 1007-1, 1015-1, 3007-1, and 3015-1 is below.

Attachment: PDF icon Redline of revised BLR 1001-3, 1007-1, 1015-1, 3007-1, 3015-1 (Effective December 1, 2017)v2

NEW General Orders 34 and 35

General Order 34, In re: Chapter 13 Debt Adjustment Cases and General Order 35, In re: Chapter 13 Attorney's Fees for Cases Using Form Chapter 13 Plan, effective December 1, 2017.  Available at:

Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases and Adversary Proceedings

Currently Assigned to the Honorable Dennis Montali

Attachment: PDF icon Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases and Adversary Proceedings Currently Assigned to the Honorable Dennis Montali

Federal Holiday - New Years Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, January 1st, in observance of New Years Day.

CM/ECF Event Modifications Effective December 1, 2017

The Court will implement new CM/ECF event modifications related to the new form Chapter 13 plan effective for cases filed or converted on or after December 1, 2017.  The event modifications are posted at

Federal Holiday - Christmas Day

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

Additional Chapter 13 Plan Overview Sessions

December 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM, McKinleyville Courtroom
December 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Santa Rosa Courtroom
December 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM, San Francisco Courtroom 17 with a video cast to Courtroom 3070 in San Jose

Notifying the court of your attendance is not required.

CM/ECF Unavailable on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 12AM to 2AM

In order to implement the necessary changes to comply with the December 1, 2017, Rule Changes and General Orders 34 and 35, CM/ECF will be unavailable on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 12 AM to 2 AM to install system modifications.

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  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:
San Jose:     
Santa Rosa: 

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.

Judge Efremsky's NEW Practices and Procedures

Link: 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).