On June 28th, 2012, the City of Stockton filed a petition seeking bankruptcy protection and the adjustment
of debts under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The petition was filed in the
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, and
was assigned case number 2012-32118.
The Chief Judge of The United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District Of California
will preside over the case.
You may retrieve copies of documents filed in the chapter 9 bankruptcy case by accessing the
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. Registration is required. You may
register for PACER by completing the registration form on the PACER home page.
You will not be able to obtain documents by calling the Bankruptcy Court directly.
Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code provides a financially-distressed municipality protection from
its creditors while it develops and negotiates a plan for adjusting its debts. Although similar in
some respects to other chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, it is significantly different in that there
is no provision for liquidation of the assets of the municipality and distribution of the proceeds to
Due to limitations on the power of the bankruptcy court required by the Tenth Amendment and
United States Supreme Court decisions upholding municipal bankruptcy legislation, the bankruptcy
court generally is not as active in managing a chapter 9 case as it is in a reorganization under
chapter 11. In chapter 9 cases, the functions of the bankruptcy court are generally limited to
approving the petition (if the debtor is eligible), confirming a plan of debt adjustment, and ensuring
implementation of the plan.
Additional information concerning chapter 9 is available on the United States Courts' web site by clicking here.
Information about the Bankruptcy Court is available on the Bankruptcy Court’s web site. Staff of the Bankruptcy Court is prohibited from giving information
that may be characterized as legal advice. This means that court staff will not provide information
relating to the application of laws and rules to individual claims or defenses, whether a complaint
properly presents a claim, what the "best" procedures are to accomplish a particular objective, or
the interpretation of case law.
Likewise, court staff will not offer any opinion as to the probable disposition of any matter by the
court. The information provided by staff is limited to explaining the filing requirements of the court
and reading, without comment, the actual text of a bankruptcy rule, local rule, or statute.
Links to various documents filed in the chapter 9 case may be added to this web page from time
to time. Please note that the information and links on this web page are provided for your
convenience and are not a substitute for the official court record accessed using PACER.