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Rules & Procedures

Local Rules / Administrative Procedures

The Local Bankruptcy Rules (LBRs) and Administrative Procedures are a set of procedures and mandatory requirements for bankruptcy cases and proceedings in the Southern District of California. LBRs and Administrative Procedures also give parties and their attorneys instructions for getting their requests in front of the judge and list requirements for attorneys, trustees, and other parties who work for a bankruptcy estate. Motions are often denied because parties do not follow the LBRs and Administrative Procedures, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the LBRs and Administrative Procedures relevant to your case.

If they are revised, LBRs and Administrative Procedures are posted immediately after they are revised.

View the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California's:


General Orders

General orders are directives published by the Court that establish a procedure or a requirement in the Southern District of California.  Each general order applies to one specific issue that affects the entire Court. Often, general orders apply to issues that are not covered by the Local Bankruptcy Rules.

View the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California's General Orders page.


Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules

Click here to visit the American Bankruptcy Institute site.



Guidelines for fulfilling the requirements of the U.S. Trustee, Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and 13 are listed on the Trustee Guidelines page.


Chambers Guidelines

Currently, Chambers Guidelines are posted for Judge Margaret Mann and Judge Laura S. Taylor.