Today is: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What's New

3/25/2016 On April 1, 2016, automatic adjustments will be made to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and United States Code. The adjustments will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2016, and will affect, among other things, eligibility of a debtor to file under certain chapters, exemptions claimed by debtors, and the calculation of the means test and plan duration in various chapters. As a result of these adjustments, the following forms will change:
  • Official Form 106C, The Property You Claim as Exempt
  • Official Form 107, Your Statement of Financial Affairs for Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy
  • Official Form 122A-2, Chapter 7 Means Calculation
  • Official Form 122C-2, Chapter 13 Calculation of Your Disposable Monthly Income
  • Official Form 201, Voluntary Petition for Non-Individuals
  • Official Form 207, Statement of Your Financial Affairs
  • Official Form 410, Proof of Claim
  • Director’s Form 2000, Required Lists, Schedules, Statements, and fees
  • EDC Form 3-191, Certificate of Chapter 13 Debtor Regarding 11 U.S.C. §522(q) Exemptions
  • Instructions for Individual Debtors
  • Instructions for Non-Individual Debtors
The above referenced forms will be available under Forms and Publications on our website as of April 1, 2016.
3/24/2016 March 2016 Newsletter
3/9/2016 Starting with the May calendar in Bakersfield, in Department B, all motions in chapter 13 cases will be heard at 9:00 a.m., except motions in adversary proceedings.
2/11/2016 Moving parties may now set Department B matters in either Fresno or Bakersfield on the respective self-set dates and times without the necessity of obtaining a court order.  This changes the former procedure.  The court may exercise discretion to reschedule matters if it appears there is prejudice to the responding party.
1/8/2016 The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California has amended its Local Rules of Practice. Pursuant to General Order 16-01, the Local Rules will be effective as to all cases and proceedings filed or pending on or after January 8, 2016.

Click the hyperlinks below to view the Local Rules of Practice Effective January 8, 2016 and the Redlined Version of the Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Local Rules

Redlined Local Rules
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.
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