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New Judge Appointed — posted December 15, 2009

San Diego attorney Margaret Mann has been appointed to serve as a judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. The appointment, announced by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, is contingent upon approval of background clearances. She will succeed Bankruptcy Judge James W. Meyers, who is scheduled to retire early in 2010. Read more about the appointment.


Mandatory Electronic Filing - General Order 162-A — posted December 1, 2009

After 11 years of “voluntary” electronic filing by attorneys and trustees, the Southern District of California has determined it is time to mandate the electronic filing and submission of all documents filed by attorneys and trustees in this court, effective March 1, 2010.

General Order 162-A amends the court’s original “Provisions for Electronic Filing”. The public comment period is now open until January 29, 2010.

Amended Administrative Procedures and Guidelines for Electronic Filing have also been adopted. These also become effective on March 1.

Training for non-ECF users will be available from the Clerk’s Office with additional resources after the first of the year to accommodate the expected increase in filers needing training.

Attorneys and trustees who file some documents electronic and some in paper should begin to re-evaluate internal processes to make the complete conversion to electronic filing by March 1.

The benefits of electronic filing are well documented (i.e., near 24/7 access to filing, email notices of all activity in your cases, electronic submission of proposed orders) and everyone gains when we are all using one system. We will work together to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Absent further order of this court and to allow non-CM/ECF users to become participants, the effective date of this order shall be March 1, 2010. Any comments should be submitted to the Clerk of Court at 325 West F Street, San Diego, California 92101-6991. Please note on the envelope: “In re: “Mandatory ECF.”


Important Information from the Bankruptcy Clerk of Court posted November 30, 2009

This message provides critical information regarding changes that will impact your office procedures. Please make sure you read this information carefully and pass this information on to others who may be affected by these mandated changes.

Barry Lander

CM/ECF was unavailable from 7 p.m. Thursday, November 26 until 2 p.m. Friday, November 27 to install a required update to the software. The first thing you will notice is a mandated requirement to affirmatively indicate that you understand the Judiciary's redaction requirements. The text of the message that will appear on the login screen is presented below. For those of you using petition preparation software, there may be an update to handle this requirement from your vendor.

"IMPORTANT NOTICE OF REDACTION RESPONSIBILITY: All filers must redact: Social Security or taxpayer-identification numbers; dates of birth; names of minor children; and financial account numbers, in compliance with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037. This requirement applies to all documents, including attachments."

Below this message, a checkbox appears to affirm that the notice has been read and understood. All outside filers must check this box to log in.

Important Notice regarding Time Period Changes Effective December 1, 2009, including 14-Day Deadlines for Filing Schedules, Statements, Chapter 13 Plans, and Bankruptcy Appellate Briefs

Among the time-computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2009 are changes to 12 rules that will result in a reduction by one day (from 15 to 14 days) of the time to take action. The affected rules are Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1019, 1020, 2015, 2015.1, 2016, 3015, 4001, 4002, 6004, 6007, and 8009. Please take note of these changes and particularly of the new 14-day deadline for filing schedules, statements, and other documents under Rule 1007(c); for filing a chapter 13 plan under Rule 3015(b); and for filing appellate briefs under Rule 8009(a).

General Order 174 was entered on October 28, 2009 to amend the Local Rules to be consistent with these changes. Revised Local Forms will be posted December 1.


Northern District of California Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity Available— posted November 3, 2009

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California. The person selected will maintain chambers in San Jose, California. Appointment is for 14 years, subject to possible reappointment. No relocation expenses are provided. Qualifications include (1) admission to practice before the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; (2) membership in good standing in every bar in which membership is held; and (3) at least five years of legal practice experience (certain other legal experience may be substituted). Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Click here for the complete announcement.

This is an open, competitive process. Application forms are available via the Ninth Circuit Web site at www.ce9.uscourts.gov. Applications also are available at all court clerks’ offices in the Ninth Circuit or by calling (415) 355-8910, by faxing (415) 355-8901, or by writing to U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Office of the Circuit Executive, P.O. Box 193939, San Francisco, CA 94119-3939, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment - CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2010. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Computing Deadlines in Multiples of Seven (7) Days - General Order 174— posted October 29, 2009

Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will take effect on December 1, 2009. On October 28, 2009, the Court entered General Order 174 to amend Local Bankruptcy Rules as affected by the changes. Comments will be accepted through November 30, 2009. Absent any further order of the Court, the rule will become effective December 1, 2009. Any comments should be submitted to the Clerk of Court at 325 West F Street, San Diego, CA 92101-6991. Please note on the envelope: “In re: 12/09 Amendments.”


Southern District of California Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity Available— posted June 2, 2009

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of California. Click here for the complete announcement.
The person selected will maintain chambers in San Diego, California. Appointment is for 14 years, subject to possible reappointment. No relocation expenses are provided. Qualifications include (1) admission to practice before the highest court of at least one state or the District of Columbia; (2) membership in good standing in every bar in which membership is held; and (3) at least five years of legal practice experience (certain other legal experience may be substituted). Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

This is an open, competitive process. Application forms are available via the Ninth Circuit Web site at www.ce9.uscourts.gov. Applications also are available at all court clerks’ offices in the Ninth Circuit or by calling (415) 355-8910, by faxing (415) 355-8901, or by writing to U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit, Office of the Circuit Executive, P.O. Box 193939, San Francisco, CA 94119-3939, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment - CAS (mail). The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2009. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Additional Bankruptcy Judge Position Available posted April 15, 2009

An additional bankruptcy judgeship opportunity is available in the Northern District of California. Click on the hyperlink for more information. Deadline for receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2009.


Bankruptcy Judge Positions Available posted March 18, 2009

Click on the hyperlinks to view vacancy announcements concerning two Bankruptcy Judgeships currently available in the Central District of California. Another Bankruptcy Judgeship is available in the Eastern District of California. Deadline for receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009.


New CM/ECF Version 3.3— posted March 9, 2009

The CM/ECF system was upgraded to Version 3.3.

Because case upload specs changed with this release, attorneys who upload cases from their petition software quite likely will need to upgrade their petition software.


CM/ECF Down March 6 - 8, 2009— posted March 3, 2009

The CM/ECF system will be down from 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 6 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8 so that we can upgrade to Version 3.3.

Because case upload specs will change with this release, attorneys who upload cases from their petition software quite likely will need to upgrade their petition software.

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