You've entered our virtual courthouse and now are at the Front Counter. Our intake windows in the lobby of the Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse are modeled after the original design used by the U.S. Postal Service, which occupied much of the building in 1913.
You won't have to stand at a window in our virtual courthouse! You can get the items you may need to help you with your bankruptcy filing directly from this page.
You can file your case in one of two ways: electronically using CM/ECF (Case Management / Electronic Case Files) or in person (over the counter) at the courthouse.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has prepared a series of short videos entitled "Bankruptcy Basics," which provide basic information to debtors, creditors, court personnel, the media, and the general public on different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws. (The Bankruptcy Basics should not substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel or a financial expert. Neither the Bankruptcy Judges Division nor the Administrative Office of the United States Courts can provide legal or financial advice. Such advice may be obtained from a competent attorney, accountant, or financial adviser.)
Filing without an Attorney (Pro Se)
Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (the 2005 Bankruptcy Act; Pub. L. No. 109-8) that went into effect on October 17, 2005, changes have been made to the way bankruptcies are now filed. Here are several related Web sites that you may find helpful:
The court is pleased to offer the availability of Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN). EBN is a free service that allows court notices to be transmitted electronically, delivering them faster and more conveniently. EBN allows certain computer-generated bankruptcy notices to be delivered overnight to all EBN participants via one of three methods: (a) Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), (b) E-mail, or (c) fax transmittal. These delivery methods provide notices days faster than the U.S. Postal Service and may significantly cut down on the amount of paper in your office! To learn more about Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing, to determine which method is right for you, or to discover how to sign up, visit the official Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Web site or call toll-free: (877) 837-3424 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.
The National Creditor Registration Service (NCRS) is a free service provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts to give creditors the option to specify a preferred U.S. mail, E-mail address, or fax number to which bankruptcy notices should be sent, in accordance with 11 U.S.C. 342(f). For additional information and forms, visit the NCRS Web site at:
Need the Local Rules or the Latest Forms?
Court forms for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California are available either individually or as a complete set. Forms can be viewed online as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) files, or they can be opened in any word-processing software. (They are formatted as WordPerfect 6.1 files.)
Both PDF and WordPerfect files can be downloaded and saved on your computer.