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Filing Fees1 - Effective 12/01/16

The Filing Fee schedule is for the payment of fees of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California.

The Court does not accept personal checks or credit cards from debtors to pay filing fees. However, the Court does accept:

  • Cash (exact amount only; please do not send cash via the U.S. Mail)
  • U.S. Postal Service money orders
  • Cashier's checks issued by an acceptable financial institution
  • Attorney or law firm checks. All attorney or law firm checks must be made payable to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and must include a current pre-printed name, street address, telephone number, and California attorney bar number.
  • Most major credit cards

For more information, consult Administrative Procedure 1.10 - Fees.

 

The current fees for filing documents with the United States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California are as follows:

 New Petitions  
Chapter 7 ($245 filing fee, $75 administrative fee, $15 trustee surcharge) $335.00*
Chapter 7 - involuntary ($245 filing fee, $75 administrative fee, $15 trustee surcharge) $335.00*
Chapter 9 ($1167 filing fee, $550 administrative fee) $1,717.00
Chapter 11 ($1167 filing fee, $550 administrative fee) $1,717.00*
Chapter 12 (Family Farmer) ($200 filing fee, $75 administrative fee) $275.00
Chapter 13 ($235 filing fee, $75 administrative fee) $310.00*
Chapter 15 ($1167 filing fee, $550 administrative fee) $1,717.00
Case Reopening2  
Chapter 7 ($245 filing fee, $15 trustee surcharge) $260.00*
Chapter 9 $1,167.00
Chapter 11 $1,167.00*
Chapter 12 $200.00*
Chapter 13 $235.00*
Chapter 15 $1,167.00
Act Cases: Same as original fee  
Case Conversions  
For a Case Commenced under Chapter 7 to Chapter 13 None
For a Case commenced under Chapter 7 and converted to Chapter 11 at the Request of the Debtor [28 U.S.C. §1930(a)] $922.00*
Upon filing of a Motion to Convert a Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 $15.00*
For a Case commenced under Chapter 12 and converted to Chapter 7 upon Notice of the Debtor $60.00*
For a Case commenced under Chapter 13 converted to Chapter 11 at the Request of the Debtor [28 U.S.C. §1930(a)] $932.00*
For a Case commenced under Chapter 13 and converted to Chapter 7 upon Notice by the Debtor $25.00*
Division of Joint Case at Request of Debtor Fees  
Chapter 7 Case ($245 filing fee, $75 administrative fee, $15 trustee surcharge) $335.00
Chapter 13 Case ($235 filing fee, $75 administrative fee) $310.00
Chapter 11 ($1167 filing fee, $550 administrative fee) $1717.00
Chapter 12 ($200 filing fee, $75 administrative fee) $275.00
Amendments  
Amendment to Add or Delete Names and Addresses of Creditors or Equity Security Holders; Change Amounts Owed or Classification of Debt $31.00
Motions  
Motion for Relief from Stay [11 U.S.C. §362(a)] $181.00
Motion to Compel Abandonment of Property by Parties in Interest [FRBP 6007(b)] $181.00
Motion to Withdraw Reference of Case or Proceeding to U.S. District Court [28 U.S.C. §157(d)] $181.00
Motion to Sell Property of the Estate Free & Clear of Liens under 11 U.S.C. §363(f) $181.00
Motion to Redact/Restrict a Record, per affected case $25.00
Motion for Leave to Appeal when accompanied by the required notice of Appeal

  If leave is granted, the $293 Docket Fee** becomes due.

$5.00
Other  
Abstract of Judgment ($31 search fee, $11 certification fee) $42.00
Any payment returned or denied for insufficient funds $53.00
Certifying any document including Abstract of Judgments $11.00
Complaint Commencing Adversary Proceeding (including Removals) $350.00
Cross-Appeal including Appellate Docket Fee** $298.00
Exemplifications $22.00
Filing or indexing of miscellaneous paper not part of local case $47.00
Filing a transfer of claim (per claim transferred) $25.00
FRC Electronic Record Retrieval (Judiciary adminstrative fee) $10.00
FRC Pull/Refile Fee for Electronic Record Retrieval $9.90
Notice of Appeal including the Appellate Docket Fee1 (to District Court, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel) $298.00
Photocopies (does not include certification) made by court personnel (per page) $0.50
Printed Copies from Courthouse Public Terminal (per page) $0.10
Reproduction of  recording of proceedings (regardless of the medium) $31.00
Request for Authority to file Direct Appeal or Cross Appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals including Appellate Docket Fee

  If authorized, an additional fee of $207 becomes due.

$298.00
Retrieval of records from NARA (first box) $64.00
Retrieval of multiple boxes of NARA Records (each additional box) $39.00
Retrieval of Records from NARA via Smart Scan $19.95
plus $0.65 per page
Returned Fee Charge (e.g., insufficient funds, disputed charges) $53.00
Search of court records (each name or item searched) $31.00
Electronic Public Access Fee (printed copies from courthouse public terminal, per page, does not include certification) $0.10
Admission to Practice in the United States District Court
under U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
Civic Local Rule 83.3 (effective November 1, 2011)
 
Practice Law District Court, Full Admission ($176 fee, balance to the Library and Pro Bono Funds) $206.00
Pro Hac Vice Application (first application) $206.00
Duplicate Certificate of Admission or Certificate of Good Standing $18.00

*Only one fee payable for joint petition by husband and wife

**If the appellant is the trustee or debtor-in-possession, the $293 Appellate docket fee shall be paid from the assets of the estate.

1 Issued in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §1930(b) and FRBP 1006

2 The Court collects the fee unless a party files a complaint to obtain a determination under Rule 4007(b); or when a debtor files a motion to reopen a case based on alleged violation of the terms of the discharge under 11 U.S.C. §524; or whether the reopening is to correct an administrative error.