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Trustee Billingslea's New Address — posted August 28, 2014

Chapter 13 Trustee Thomas Billingslea's new address (401 West A Street, Suite 1680, San Diego, CA 92101) has been updated on our Trustee page. This forms list contains the form names and numbers that have been revised with Billingslea's new address.


New Chapter 11 Individual Combined Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement with a separate Instructions document now available — posted July 11, 2014

The Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court working with a committee of practitioners has published a new form "Chapter 11 Individual Combine Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement" (CSD 1152) with an Instructions document to assist in its preparation (CSD 1152a). They are now located on the individual court forms page on the website or from the direct links above.


New Payment Schedule for Filing Fee Installments & Revised Forms Reflect June 1, 2014 Fee Changes — posted May 30, 2014

The Judicial Conference has approved an amendment to raise the administrative fees for the filing of all new bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings as of June 1, 2014. Also, the fee increase impacts the administrative fees for the division of a joint case at request of the debtor. The fee increases are noted on the revised court fee schedule.

The Court also has modified the payment schedule for filing fee installments to reduce the burden slightly with this fee increase, as well as to adjust the schedule to increments that will keep the debtor's discharge (if eligible) on schedule. For parties that submit an application to pay filing fees in installments, the current two fee installment payment schedule will now be increased to three fee installments for cases filed on or after June 1, 2014. The instructions and modified fee installment schedule are noted on the following revised form CSD 1006Application to Pay Filing Fees in Installments. Please use the revised form when filing a case with filing-fee installments.

The following forms were revised to reflect the June 1, 2014 changes to fees: CSD 1006, CSD 1020, CSD 1129, CSD 1130.


NCBJ Announces Blackshear Fellowship Opportunities for 2014 Conference — posted May 22, 2014

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is now accepting applications for its Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Presidential Fellowships for minority lawyers who practice bankruptcy law. Click on this link for information about Judge Blackshear, the Fellowship criteria, the application form, and other information about the program: http://www.ncbj.org/?page=BlackshearFellowship

Named after esteemed Bankruptcy Judge Blackshear (now retired) of the Southern District of New York, the fellowship program provides both waived conference registration ($900 value) and a stipend for reasonable travel/hotel expenses for five up-and-coming minority bankruptcy practitioners (with less than 10 years experience) who wish to attend the annual conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and who otherwise meet the selection criteria. This year's conference will be held October 8 - 11 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. To view this year's conference agenda, go to http://www.ncbjmeeting.org/.

The deadline for submitting an application is August 1, 2014. The correspondence and attachments in PDF format must be sent by E-mail to: Chambersof_JPHopkins@ohsb.uscourts.gov.


Amendments to Fee Schedules, effective June 1, 2014 — posted May 2, 2014

The Judicial Conference has approved an amendment to raise the fees for the following filings:

  • Administrative Fees for filing Chapter 7, 12, and 13 (from $46 to $75); for filing Chapter 9, 11, and 15 cases (from $46 to $550)
  • Administrative Fees for Division of Joint Case at Request of Debtor for Chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases (from $46 to $75) and for Chapter 11 cases (from $46 to $550)
  • Filing fee for Complaint Commencing Adversary Proceeding raised from $293 to $350

The new fees become effective on Sunday, June 1, 2014. This document summarizes the changes.


Survey for Chief Judge Laura S.Taylor — posted March 31, 2014

Chief Judge Laura S. Taylor of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California asked the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to survey members of the Bar to assess her level of performance. The judge's decision to ask the FJC to conduct this survey is entirely voluntary and is part of Judge Taylor's ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of public service possible. The FJC, which is the research and education organization for the federal courts, is located in Washington, D.C. The FJC has been conducting similar surveys for judges for several years.

During the week of March 31, 2014, the FJC will send an email to each attorney who has had a case or proceeding assigned to Chief Judge Taylor during the past three years. The email will explain how to access and complete an online questionnaire.

Research staff at the FJC will compile and analyze completed questionnaires and will provide Judge Taylor a report, including a statistical summary and a compilation of the comments that are received. FJC staff will not provide the judge with the identity of the people who responded, if that information becomes known to them. The results are exclusively for Judge Taylor's use in improving her performance; they will not be provided to anyone other than the judge and they will not be used in the reappointment process.

If you do not receive an email from the FJC and want to participate, please contact Beth Wiggins of the FJC at (202) 215-2861 or at bwiggins@fjc.gov.

If you have questions about the survey or encounter any technical difficulties, please also contact Ms. Wiggins. If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the questionnaire, she can provide you with a copy and instructions for returning it to the FJC.

Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunities Available — posted March 6, 2014

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for Bankruptcy Judge positions in the following districts:

  • Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division - available January 2, 2015
  • Central District of California, Woodland Hills Division - available January 2, 2015
  • District of Oregon, Portland Division - available January 11, 2015

The opportunity announcements for each of the districts listed above can be accessed by clicking on these hyperlinks: California Eastern, California Central, Oregon. The announcements outline the required basic qualifications for consideration, as well as the procedures for application.

The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. on the following days:

  • Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division - deadline Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Central District of California, Woodland Hills Division - deadline Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • District of Oregon, Portland Division - deadline Thursday, May 29, 2014

Invitation for Public Comment on the Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler posted December 31, 2013

The current term of the Honorable Louise DeCarl Adler, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of California, is due to expire in December 2014. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is considering the reappointment of the judge to a new term of office of 14 years. The Court invites comments from the bar and public about Judge Adler’s performance as a bankruptcy judge. The duties of a bankruptcy judge are specified by statute, and include conducting hearings and trials, making final determinations, and entering orders and judgments.

Members of the bar and public are invited to submit comments concerning Judge Adler for consideration by the Court of Appeals in determining whether or not to reappoint her. Anonymous responses will not be accepted. However, respondents who do not wish to have their identities disclosed should so indicate in the response, and such requests will be honored.

Comments should be submitted no later than Friday, February 14, 2014, to: Office of the Circuit Executive, P.O. Box 193939, San Francisco, CA 94119-3939 | Attn: Reappointment of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Adler | Fax: (415) 355-8901


Comments Sought for Proposed Individual Chapter 11 Form Plan & Disclosure Statement — posted December 16, 2013

The court submits for comment a standard-form combined plan and disclosure statement (the “Plan”) for individual Chapter 11 cases. The goal of this effort is to reduce Debtor’s legal expense and to provide creditors the clearest possible explanation of how their claims will treated. The instructions and draft form are the products of a joint working group consisting of Bankruptcy Court Judges and practitioners. Comments will be accepted through January 17, 2014. 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: Individual Chapter 11 Plan”.


Bankruptcy Confidential Newsletter — posted November 21, 2013

The latest edition of the Bankruptcy Confidential newsletter (in PDF) is now available. The Fall 2013 edition details our Thanksgiving schedule and an updated fee schedule. Also listed are updated and new court forms, which will be effective December 1, 2013:

Updated Forms

New Forms


Court to Remain Open for Duration of Government Shutdown — posted October 11, 2013

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Laura S. Taylor has ordered all employees to continue to work according to normal schedules during any funding lapse having determined that all judges and their chambers staffs, the Clerk, as well employees of the Clerk’s Office, perform functions that are necessary and essential to the continued resolution of cases.

Therefore, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California will continue normal operations for the duration of the current federal government shutdown. See General Order 182 for details.


The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California is fully open today with all court business being conducted as scheduled. — posted October 1, 2013


Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity Central District of California - Riverside — posted August 23, 2013

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge position for the Central District of California - Riverside. The Judgeship will become available on or after May 9, 2014. 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.ca9.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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


District of Arizona (Phoenix & Tucson) Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity — posted August 19, 2013

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge position for the District of Arizona. The Judgeship will become available on or after June and September, 2014. 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.ca9.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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Bankruptcy Confidential Newsletter — posted July 18, 2013

The aest edition of the Bankruptcy Confidential newsletter is now available. The Summer 2013 edition summarizes amended Local Rules, updated and new court forms, a new pro se ID policy, as well as other important information, which include:

  • New policy requiring all individual and joint debtors who are not represented by an attorney or "pro se"), to provide a copy of a current government issued photo identification.
  • Mobile Query in the ECF Version 5.1 Release
  • Amended Local Rules
  • Updated forms:
    • B21 - Statement of Social Security
    • B201A - Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor(s)
    • B201B - Certification of Notice to Consumer Debtor(s)
    • CSD 1027 - Notice of Motion for Exemption and Opportunity for Hearing Re: Credit Counseling
    • CSD 1407 - Notice of Withdrawal of Proof of Claim and Deadline to Object to Proposed Withdrawal
    • CSD 2125 Notice of Chapter 13 Trustee's Interim Final Report and Time to File Objections and Release from Liability of Trustee
    • CSD 3004 - Excerpts from the Local Rules of the US District Court Specifically Relating to Attorney Admission to Practice
    • CSD 3005 - Pro Hac Vice Application and Order Thereon

NEW PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR PERSONS FILING A PETITION WITHOUT ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION (EFFECTIVE August 1, 2013) — posted July 16, 2013

The Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California has implemented a policy requiring all debtors who are not represented by an attorney ("pro se"), to provide a copy of current government issued photo identification. This policy also applies to persons who bring pro se petitions to the intake counter for filing.

1) Filing in person: When a petition is presented at the counter for filing, the person presenting the petition must provide a current government issued photo identification. A copy of the identification will be made for retention, but will not be accessible as part of the public record.

2) Filing by mail: A photocopy of the debtor(s)' government issued photo identification is required with the petition. If the government issued photocopy is not provided, a deficiency will be noted and the case, if filed, may be subject to dismissal.

Acceptable Forms of Government Issued Identification:

  • State Issued Driver's License
  • U.S. Government Passport
  • State or Federal Issued Identification Card
  • Federal, State or Local Government Issued Employee Identification Card
  • Military Photo Identification Card
  • or other form of Government Issued Photo Identification
Identification must be current, be legible and contain a photograph.


Notice of Changes to Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in BAP Cases: — posted June 19, 2013

The BAP modified its Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in BAP Cases to require registration with the BAP's CM/ECF system for all attorneys appearing, participating, or wanting to receive notices in appeals before the BAP. The BAP also modified the Administrative Order to increase the maximum size for a single electronic filing, including attachments, to 50 megabytes. See Rule 1(a) and Rule 7(d) of the Administrative Order which is available on the BAP website: www.ca9.uscourts.gov/bap under "Electronic Case Files (ECF)"


Fee Change, effective May 1, 2013 — posted April 29, 2013

The Judicial Conference approved an amendment to the fees to reopen a Chapter 9 or Chapter 15 bankruptcy case, and for filing a transfer of claim, $25 per claim transferred. The new fees become effective on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. A redline fee schedule is located here: Fee Schedule


Automatic Adjustment Of Certain Dollar Amounts In The Bankruptcy Code And Official Bankruptcy Forms — posted April 2, 2013

On April 1, 2013, automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in the various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision in Title 28 of the United States Code will become effective. The amended dollar amounts will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2013. Several of the Official Bankruptcy Forms contain references to several of the affected dollar amounts. The forms which have been impacted include the following:

  • Official Form 1, Voluntary Petition
  • Official Form 6C, Schedule of Property Claimed as Exempt
  • Official Form 6E, Schedule of Creditors Holding Claims Entitled to Priority
  • Official Form 7, Statement of Financial Affairs
  • Official Form 10, Proof of Claim
  • Official Form 22A, Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Chapter 7)
  • Official Form 22C, Statement of Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period and Disposable Income (Chapter 13)

These forms have been amended and the updated versions are now posted on the Court's forms website.

Reminder - April 1, 2013 is the implementation date for the Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorney.

Also, on April 1st, 2013 the form "Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorney" is available on the Court's forms website and is available for use by attorneys and their clients. This new form is being implemented to assure that Chapter 7 debtors and their attorneys understand their respective rights and responsibilities, through a formal statement of Rights and Responsibilities which will be required in Chapter 7 cases. The effective date of the new form is for cases filed on or after April 1st, 2013. This new Chapter 7 form is implemented through General Order 180-A "Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities and Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9010"


Bankruptcy Confidential — posted March 11, 2013

The latest edition of Bankruptcy Confidential is now available by clicking on:  BKConfidential.  The Spring 2013 edition summarizes updated and new court forms, upcoming events taking place this spring, as well as other important information, which include:

  • Updated Chapter 13 Forms - CSD 1177 and 1178 regarding Applications for Compensation and Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plan.
  • New Form CSD 3011 - Substitution of Attorney and Order Thereon
  • Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities
  • Chapter 13 Lien Strip Calendar Update
  • Filing Fee Changes
  • New CM/ECF Version 5.1

District of Nevada-Las Vegas Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity — posted March 6, 2013

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge position for the District of Nevada. The Judgeship will become available on July 10, 2013. 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.ca9.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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


District of Arizona, Phoenix Division Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity — posted February 11, 2013

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for two (2) Bankruptcy Judge positions for the District of Arizona. The Judgeships will become available in March and April, 2014, respectively. 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.ca9.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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


General Order 180-A "CHAPTER 7 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL BANKRUPTCY RULE 9010" — posted January 24, 2013

Following a public comment period, and after making revisions to the "Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorney" in response to the comments submitted to the Court, it is ordered that General Order 180-A "Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities and Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9010" is effective for cases filed on or after April 1, 2013. The newly updated form "Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorney" has been posted to the Court's forms website and is available for use by attorneys and their clients. This new form is being implemented to assure that Chapter 7 debtors and their attorneys understand their respective rights and responsibilities, through a formal statement of Rights and Responsibilities which will be required in Chapter 7 cases. The effective date for cases filed on or after April 1st, 2013 takes into consideration the need for attorneys to contact clients and obtain the required signatures on the Rights and Responsibilities form. In addition, an updated ECF doc-type event will be available in the CM/ECF System to file the required form electronically. This new Chapter 7 form will be implemented through amended Local Bankruptcy Rule 9010. The amended Local Bankruptcy Rules will be posted to the Court's website prior to April 1st, 2013. For quick reference, the Local Bankruptcy Rules will be amended as follows below.

RULE 9010. APPEARANCE OF ATTORNEYS.

9010-6 APPEARANCE ATTORNEYS.
Section 341 (a) meeting. An attorney may attend a meeting of creditors on behalf of the attorney of record. The attorney attending a meeting of creditors must be familiar with the facts and circumstances of the case and must be prepared to act as the attorney of record for all purposes of the 341a meeting.

9010-7 SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION OF DEBTOR'S COUNSEL IN CHAPTER 7 OR CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY CASES AND PROCEEDINGS.
An attorney retained to represent a debtor in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy case must provide representation that meets the standards established by the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorney or the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and Their Attorney, as relevant. Consistent with these standards, an appearance in the bankruptcy case for a debtor does not require the attorney to appear for that party in certain contested matters, an adversary proceeding, or an examination pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 2004, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.


Fee Change, effective November 21, 2012 — posted November 14, 2012

The Judicial Conference approved increases in the bankruptcy court fees for Chapters 9, 11 and 15. The new fees become effective on November 21, 2012. They also impact related conversion and reopen fees. All other bankruptcy court fees remain unchanged at this time. A redline fee schedule is located here: Fee Schedule


General Order 181 requires a copy of the judgment for possession when rent is deposited with the Clerk of Court — posted October 16, 2012

11 U.S.C § 362(I)(1) and (2) apply when a landlord obtains a pre-petition judgment for possession of a residential leasehold, and the debtor seeks, under applicable non-bankruptcy law, to cure the entire monetary default that gave rise to the judgment for possession and, thereby, to avoid application of 11 U.S.C. § 362(b)(22).

When this section of the Bankruptcy Code is invoked, the debtor declares, in the bankruptcy petition, that the landlord has obtained a judgment for possession and that they are depositing the rent due during the 30-day period after the filing of the petition.

General Order 181, effective October 17, 2012, requires a copy of the judgment for possession to be filed with the petition and the rent check. The Clerk is to refuse any rent check not accompanied by the judgment for possession. 11 U.S.C. §326(l)(1) and (2) are inapplicable to post-foreclosure judgments for possession, and the clerk of the court will not accept deposits tendered in connection with post-foreclosure judgments for possession.


Eastern District of Washington(Spokane) Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity — posted October 15, 2012

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge position for the Eastern District of Washington. The Judgeship will become available on September 9, 2013. 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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, December 06, 2012. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


District Of Nevada (Las Vegas) Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity — posted October 2, 2012

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge position for the District Of Nevada. The Judgeship will become available on August 1, 2013. 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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, November 08, 2012. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


General Order 431-E — posted October 1, 2012

Pursuant to General Orders No. 431 and No. 431-D, IT IS ORDERED that the Honorable Laura S. Taylor is hereby appointed as Chief Bankruptcy Judge, commencing on October 1, 2012, for a period of seven (7) years.


General Order 180 Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities and Amendments to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9010 — posted September 11, 2012

On September 11, the Court entered General Order 180 to assure that Chapter 7 debtors and their attorneys understand their respective rights and responsibilities, now a formal statement of Rights and Responsibilities will be required in Chapter 7 cases. This Chapter 7 statement will be implemented through amended Local Bankruptcy Rule 9010.

A draft local form, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California, Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorneys, is related to the proposed rule changes and is attached to the General Order for reference and comment.

The comment period on the local rule changes and the proposed Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities will be from now until November 9, 2012. The effective date of these Local Rules and the new Chapter 7 Rights and Responsibilities will be established by an amendment to this General Order. 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: G.O. 180 — Chapter 7 R&R."


New Bankruptcy Judge Appointed in Southern District of California - Welcome Judge Latham! — posted September 5, 2012

Appointment Announcement for Judge Latham


Revision to Chapter 13 Attorney Fee Guidelines and Rights and Responsibilities Now in Effect — posted August 27, 2012

The comment period has closed for General Order 173-A re Chapter 13 Fee Guidelines and the new fees became effective August 24, 2012. The court considered two sets of comments it received and has determined to let stand the fees as proposed in General Order 173-A. Counsel are reminded that if at any time work on a particular case or matter exceeds the compensation allowed in the guideline fees, a fee application with supporting documentation can be filed.

The revised Chapter 13 Attorney Fee Guidelines and the "Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and Their Attorneys" for both Chapter 13 consumer and business cases have been updated to reflect these changes and are available on the court's website.


General Order 173-A Revision to Chapter 13 Attorney Fee Guidelines and Rights and Responsibilities Adopted — posted July 24, 2012

On July 24, the Court entered General Order 173-A to revise the fee guidelines for attorneys filing Chapter 13 cases. The Judicial Conference of the United States recently made an inflationary adjustment to the miscellaneous fee schedules for the federal courts. The adjustment was made using a compounded calculation based on the Employment Cost Index (ECI) from the time of the last adjustment to those schedules. This seems an appropriate methodology for an adjustment to Chapter 13 Attorney Fee Guidelines.

Based upon the ECI for the period running from 2008-2011, all attorney fees contained in the guidelines are adjusted 8.4% and rounded as appropriate. In addition, the court, has added a new fee for motions to value real property, treat claim as unsecured and avoid junior lien (lien strips) of $625.

The period of comment shall be now until August 23, 2012. The effective date will be August 24, 2012. Any comments should be submitted to the Clerk of Court, at 325 West "F" Street, San Diego, CA 92101-6991. Comments seeking an increase above the new fee established for Lien Strips must include billing records and/or other documentation for the court to consider. Please note on the envelope: "In re: 13 Fee Guidelines".

Revised Chapter 13 Attorney Fee Guidelines and the "Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and Their Attorneys" for both Chapter 13 consumer and business cases will be posted on or before the effective date of August 24, 2012.


Southern District of CA (VCIS) Voice Case Information System has changed — posted February 8, 2012

The new number for the Voice Case Information System is 866-222-8029. (VCIS) allows anyone with a touch-tone telephone to access basic bankruptcy and adversary case information starting 1989 to the present, free of charge.


Chapter 13 Trustees Request Comments From the Bar re New Recommended Chapter 13 Plan — posted January 20, 2012

The Chapter 13 Trustees propose changes to the recommended Chapter 13 plan that is used in the Southern District of California. The draft is available for comments until February 17, 2012. Comments may be sent to the Chapter 13 summit email address (summit13@casb.uscourts.gov) and they will be forwarded to both trustees for review.


There will be nationwide maintenance on the PACER system Saturday, January 14, 2012— posted January 10, 2012

The disruptions will begin at 9 AM ET and continue until 6 PM ET. PACER users may have sessions terminated or experience difficulty logging in to the system. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Southern District of CA - (San Diego) Bankruptcy Judgeship Opportunity (Extended Deadline to January 19, 2012)— posted December 2, 2011

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge position for the Southern District of California- (San Diego). The Judgeship will become available on October 2, 2012, following the Honorable Peter W. Bowie's retirement. 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, 95 7th Street, Suite 429, San Francisco, CA 94103-1518, Attn: Bankruptcy Recruitment, CAN. The deadline for the receipt of all completed application materials is 5 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2012. The United States Courts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


CM/ECF Version 4.2 — posted November 02, 2011

The newest edition of Bankruptcy Confidential is now available by clicking on:  BKConfidential.  The Fall 2011 edition summarizes the upcoming events taking effect in November and December of this year, which include:

  • Changes to CM/ECF with Release 4.2 that goes are live on November 26, 2011. This is a big release with many changes. Please share the Bankruptcy Confidential with any office staff who work in CM/ECF.
  • New Bankruptcy Rules taking effect on December 1, 2011.
  • Recent filing errors and how to be sure YOU never make these mistakes again!


ECF will be down from 11/24 - 11/27 for an upgrade to release 4.2 — posted October 25, 2011

Look for announcements coming soon on new features and enhancements.


FEE SCHEDULE CHANGES — posted October 20, 2011

Several changes to the Fee Schedule will become effective on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Click here to review a summary listing of the upcoming fee schedule changes, along with the current Fee Schedule page. (On November 1, the revised Fee Schedule page will be posted with the new fee schedule changes.)



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