Today is: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What's New

11/12/2015 Starting with the January 2016 calendar, Department B will require motions to extend the automatic stay pursuant to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (“BAPCPA”), 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)and § 362(c)(4) (motions to extend the stay) and other motions under BAPCPA requiring an expedited hearing (e.g., §§ 362(h)(2); 362(l)(2); 362(m); 521(a)(2)(A); 521(a)(6); 521(i)(4); 727(a)(12); 1112(b)(3); 1116(3); 1228(f); 1328(h)) to conform to applicable Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Local Bankruptcy Rules. LBR 9014-1(f)(1),(2) (28 days or 14 days notice). Orders shortening time for hearing such motions will be entertained under LBR 9014-1(f)(3), upon a showing of good cause (including due diligence).
11/10/2015 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.
10/27/2015 Samples of many of the forms that will be required as of December 1, 2015 are now available on our website, along with drafts of lists of required forms by chapter and instructions for new forms. You can access these forms by clicking the Forms Changes Effective December 1, 2015 link at the bottom of our homepage at, or by clicking here.

Please contact your Bankruptcy software provider as soon as possible to ensure that the software package that you use will be supported as of December 1.

If you have any questions regarding the forms, please contact the e-Filing Help Desk by e-mail at, or by phone at 855-542-0992.
9/17/2015 The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has developed a series of new petition related forms, which will be adopted as of December 1, 2015. These forms are in the final stages of approval and have been re-written in plain English, and with pro se parties in mind. Forms will be posted on the Eastern District of California website as they become available.

Members of the bar are urged to contact their bankruptcy forms software providers as soon as possible to ensure that they will have access to the new forms when they are adopted in December.

Click here to preview the new forms.
9/16/2015 René Lastreto II Named Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Eastern California

Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced the appointment of attorney René Lastreto, II, as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Lastreto, who will maintain chambers in Fresno, California, received the oath of office on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Robert E. Coyle U.S. Courthouse there. A formal investiture is tentatively scheduled in December.
8/31/2015 Debtors Will Soon Be Able to Receive Electronic Notices through the BNC

Beginning in September,  debtors —whether pro se or represented by an attorney—will be able to receive e-mail notification of court generated Notices and Orders sent through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC). Since notices and orders are e-mailed to debtors the same day they are filed with the court, this will be particularly helpful to debtors who live in remote areas, where mail delivery might take longer than it does in urban areas.

In order to request this service, each debtor will need to file Debtor's Electronic Noticing Request form (EDC 3-321) with the court that includes a valid e-mail address.

This is a free service, and does NOT require a PACER account. Additionally, if the debtor decides that it does not meet his or her needs, he or she can deactivate it any time.
8/18/2015 The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary’s website. The public comment period ends February 16, 2016.
8/12/2015 The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, as of August 12, 2015 , has revised its Guidelines for the Preparation of Documents. Click here to view.
7/17/2015 July 2015 Newsletter
5/29/2015 Change in the Official Record of Court Proceedings and Ordering Transcripts

Effective June 1, 2015 Sacramento Department A, digital audio recording will be used instead of court reporters for all hearings, including trials and evidentiary hearings heard before Judge McManus. These recordings will be the official record of courtroom proceedings and will be used by transcription agencies when producing transcripts. To order a hearing transcript, please go to the Court’s website and click on the Hearing Transcript link under the Calendar/Transcripts section. Find the location, judge, and date of the hearing, and then select a transcription agency from the list on the Transcription Services page.

Questions concerning this change should be directed to the help desk at 855-542-0992.
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