Whats New

Date
12/1/2022 Amendments to Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, new Rule 3017.2, 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are effective today, December 1, 2022. Please click here for more information.
11/7/2022 Click here to view an Open Letter to the Bar from Chief Judge Fredrick E. Clement regarding PACER Registration.
10/26/2022 Please click here to view General Order 22-05, which amends Local Bankruptcy Rule 5005.5-1(e). The bankruptcy judges in this district have amended rule 5005.5.1(e) on an emergency basis. The amendment is effective immediately. If you would like to provide feedback or comment on this rule, please do so by clicking here. Public comments will be accepted until November 25, 2022.
10/25/2022 Click here to view an Open Letter to the Bar from Chief Judge Fredrick E. Clement regarding Corporate Ownership Statements in cases and Adversary Proceedings.
10/6/2022 Click here to view an Open Letter to the Bar from Chief Judge Fredrick E. Clement regarding the revised Official Certificate of Service Form.

Click here to view General Order 22-04, Order Adopting Revisions to Official Certificate Service Form.
9/2/2022

Click here to view General Order 22-03, Order Adopting Revisions to Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Click here to view the Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court, effective September 2, 2022.

Click here to view the redlined version of the Local Rules, effective September 2, 2022.

8/15/2022 The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved for publication for public comment proposed amendments to existing rules and forms, as well as one new rule. The public comment period opens August 15, 2022, and closes February 16, 2023. To view the proposed recommendations and to make a comment, please follow the instructions, which can be found here
7/18/2022
Mandatory Certificate of Service Form for Use by Attorneys, Trustees, or Other Registered Electronic Filing System Users

Beginning July 20, 2022, and unless otherwise ordered, hearings in Judge Lastreto’s courtroom are now simultaneously, (1) IN PERSON, (2) VIA ZOOM, and (3) VIA TELEPHONE.

For connection instruction to appear via Zoom, please review the pre-hearing dispositions calendar for the date of your hearing. You do not need to call Chambers for advance approval. NOTICE OF APPEARANCE PROCEDURES VIA VIDEO AND TELEPHONIC - https://www.caeb.uscourts.gov/documents/forms/misc/NoticeofAppearanceProcedures.pdf
7/5/2022 Click here to view General Order 22-02, Order Adopting Revisions to Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Click here to view the Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court, effective July 5, 2022.

Click here to view the redlined version of the Local Rules, effective July 5, 2022.

Click here to view the Official Certificate of Service form.

Click here to see our training videos page, which contains videos on generating a Registered User’s List and a Request for Special Notice List.
5/17/2022 Proposed Amendments to Local Rules
Proposed Certificate of Service Form

The Court invites public comment on its proposed amendments to the Local Rules and proposed Certificate of Service Form. Comments can be made by following this link until June 17, 2022
5/2/2022 Click here to view General Order 22-01, Order Adopting Revisions to Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Click here to view the Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court, effective April 12, 2021.

Click here to view the redlined version of the Local Rules effective April 12,2021.
4/1/2022 New California Exemption Rates, Effective April 1, 2022
2/22/2022 Proposed Amendments to Local Rules. The Court invites public comment on its proposed amendments to the Local Rules. Comments can be made by following the link below until March 24, 2022.

If you have a comment about our Local Rules, click here.
11/29/2021 USTP to Post Updated UST Form 11-MORs and UST Form 11-PCRs

On June 21, 2021, the United States Trustee Program’s rule entitled Uniform Periodic Reports in Cases Filed Under Chapter 11 of Title 11, published at 28 C.F.R. § 58.8 (the “Final Rule”) became effective. The Final Rule requires that chapter 11 debtors-in-possession and trustees, other than in small business and subchapter V cases, file monthly operating reports and post-confirmation reports using streamlined, data-embedded, uniform forms in every judicial district where the U.S. Trustee Program operates.

On November 30, 2021, the United States Trustee Program will post on its website updated versions of the UST Form 11-MOR, Monthly Operating Reports (“MOR”) and UST Form 11-PCR, Post-confirmation Reports (“PCR”), that should be used for all reports filed after that date.1 Designed to improve the overall user experience, the updates will streamline the process of embedding data on the forms by using standard PDF bar-code technology. The updates do not impact the information required to be reported on the MORs and PCRs.

To obtain important information related to periodic reporting under the Final Rule, please visit https://www.justice.gov/ust/chapter-11-operating-reports. While at that webpage, please subscribe to the “Chapter 11 Operating Reports E-mail Updates” feature to automatically receive future email updates about the forms and periodic reporting under the Final Rule.
10/6/2021 If you are a renter having trouble paying your rent or a landlord who has lost rental income due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, help may be available. Through funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, there are a wide variety of state and local programs that offer assistance—including financial assistance—to those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Click here for more information.
9/27/2021 Click here for information regarding upcoming changes to the Bankruptcy Rules
9/20/2021 Effective December 1, 2021, the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts has designated any entity that receives 100 or more paper bankruptcy notices in a single calendar month as a high-volume paper notice recipient pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9036(b)(2)(B) (as amended effective December 1, 2021) (the “Rule”). The threshold number of paper notices that will cause a notice recipient to be designated as a high-volume paper notice recipient pursuant to the Rule will be reviewed annually and may be adjusted once a year, effective on December 1st of each year. Once the threshold paper notice amount is reached, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) will notify the notice recipient that it must register for Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN) or that, if the recipient does not register within 45 days of the date of the notification, the BNC will establish an electronic address where the Director designates the recipient to receive its notices pursuant to the Rule.
8/4/2021 Office of the United States Trustee – Region 17 will be hosting a virtual learning event for practitioners via Microsoft® Teams1. The training session will introduce the Final Rule. Please circle your calendar for August 12, 2021 at 12:00PM (PST). This will be the final training session.

Click here for more details.
7/20/2021 Region 17 will be hosting its final virtual learning event introducing the new Chapter 11 Periodic Reports. The event will be held via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST.

Click here for details.
6/23/2021 Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies

Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies (Red Line Version)
6/10/2021 Join the United States Trustee on June 16, 2021 at noon for a virtual learning event that will help practitioners understand its “Procedures for Completing Uniform Periodic Reports in Non-Small Business Cases Filed Under Chapter 11 of Title 11.” These new reports are effective June 21, 2021. Click here for more information.
5/12/2021 The Office of the United States Trustee has published mandatory procedures for completing uniform period reports in non-small business cases filed under chapter 11 of the Title 11, effective June 21, 2021. For access to these forms, click here.  For a more detailed announcement of these new forms, click here.
4/12/2021 Order Adopting Revisions to Local Bankruptcy Rules
2/12/2021 Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies

Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies (Red Line Version)
2/8/2021 The Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021
1/28/2021 Proposed Amendment to Local Rule 9018-1
12/17/2020 Please note that the Court has modified its Order Setting Chapter 12 Status Conference to include a requirement that monthly operating reports be submitted by debtors-in-possession, as required by LBR 2015-1. The Monthly Operating Report form may be found on our Forms & Publications page under the U.S. Trustee Forms heading, or by clicking here.
12/1/2020 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, effective December 1, 2020.

Changes to Miscellaneous Fee Schedules, effective December 1, 2020.
10/15/2020 Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies
10/1/2020 Click here for information regarding upcoming changes to the Bankruptcy Rules.

Click here for information regarding upcoming Bankruptcy fee changes.
6/23/2020 The Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of California welcomes Jennifer E. Niemann as its newest bankruptcy judge.  Judge Niemann will serve her fourteen year term in Fresno, California and preside in bankruptcy cases in Bakersfield, California.  Judge Niemann was appointed on June 16, 2020.  Prior to her appointment, Judge Niemann was in private practice and represented Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 11 trustees and creditors in bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings.  Judge Niemann also served as a long-term judicial law clerk to three different bankruptcy judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.  Judge Niemann received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
5/31/2020 All matters to be heard by the Honorable Fredrick E. Clement on Monday, June 1, 2020 will be continued to Monday, June 8, 2020.
 
In light of quickly evolving circumstances and to ensure physical safety, Chief Judge Kimberly J. Mueller has ordered all U.S. Courthouses in the Eastern District of California closed to all tomorrow, Monday, June 1.  Since Department A has a digital record that cannot be operated without a live person in the courtroom, the court is unable to provide a record of hearings on Monday, June 1.  As a result, on its own motion the court is continuing all hearings noticed for June 1 to June 8 at the same time.  The court will be issuing a notice of continuance.  
 
3/30/2020 Extension of Deadlines Related to 11 U.S.C 341 First Meetings of Creditors Continued by the U.S Trustee
11/19/2019 The Bankruptcy Courtroom in Modesto, California will be temporarily closed for construction from January 1, 2020 through May 30, 2020.

Hearings for all matters scheduled for Modesto Division Cases during the construction period will be conducted at the Sacramento U.S. Courthouse --- 501 I Street, Sacramento, California. If you have a matter to be scheduled for a Modesto Division Case, please see the self-set calendar procedures and law and motion hearing dates for the Modesto Division cases that shall be held at the Sacramento Courthouse.

The Clerks' Modesto Division Office will remain open at the Modesto Courthouse during construction.
11/7/2019 Effective with cases filed on 11/8/19, the Chapter 7 Trustee batching pools for the Sacramento division will be changing. The East Pool (containing Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, and Sierra Counties) and West Pool (containing Colusa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties) will be merged to form a new Central Pool. Chapter 7 cases from the new Central Pool can be batched together for assignment to the same Chapter 7 Trustee.

Click here to see an updated EDC Form 2-050 (Batching of Chapter 7 Cases for Assignment to the Same Interim Trustee).

NOTE: There is no guarantee that the same trustee or 341(a) meeting date or time will be assigned to each case in a batch. If you have any questions, please contact the court at 916-930-4400, 209-521-5160, or 559-499-5800.
10/31/2019 Order Adopting Amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007-1
10/8/2019 October 2019 Newsletter
3/19/2019 Please click here to see a summary of the revisions to Title 28 U.S.C. of the Bankruptcy Code, effective April 1, 2019.
11/14/2018 Order Adopting Attached Chapter 13 Plan as Official Local Form EDC 3-080
11/9/2018 On November 9, 2018, pursuant to General Order 18-03, the court adopted a new Chapter 13 Plan, to be filed whenever a plan is required in a chapter 13 case. Click here to see the new plan.

A fillable version of the plan is also available on our website under Forms & Publications.
9/20/2018 Please click here to learn more about upcoming changes to the Bankruptcy Rules that go into effect on December 1, 2018.
9/7/2018 Please follow this link to learn more about the open bankruptcy judgeship in Fresno, California
7/3/2018 On July 16, 2018, the Eastern District of California Bankruptcy Court will release a new version of e-Filing. Training sessions will be available via WebEx on your computer or mobile device. For more information, log in to eCalWebFiling!
7/3/2018 July 2018 Newsletter
4/9/2018 The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California has amended its Local Rules of Practice. Pursuant to General Order 18-02, the Local Rules will be effective as to all cases and proceedings filed or pending on or after April 9, 2018.

Click the hyperlinks below to view the Local Rules of Practice Effective April 9, 2018 and the Redlined Version of the Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Local Rules
Redlined Local Rules
4/9/2018 Order Adopting Revisions To Local Bankruptcy Rules
4/9/2018 Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies
3/19/2018 Click here to view the newest edition of the U.S Bankruptcy Court's Quarterly Newsletter.

Questions concerning this newsletter should be directed to the eFiling Help Desk at 855-542-0992
3/12/2018 The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California invites public comment on proposed amendments to Local Rules 3015-1 and 7026-1. The comment period begins March 12, 2018 and ends on April 3, 2018. Comments can be made by clicking this link. The redlined version of the Local Rules can be found by clicking here.
12/14/2017 Change of service information for the California State Board of Equalization

Please note that the Roster of Governmental Agencies (EDC Form 2-785) has been updated to include an updated state agency name and service information for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, formerly the California State Board of Equalization.