Today is: Thursday, October 8, 2015

What's New

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.
5/28/2015 Effective June 3, 2015, Department A in Fresno will post its pre-hearing dispositions by calendar, rather than en masse.

It has been the custom of Department A to post each hearing day’s pre-hearing dispositions as a whole. A single court day’s posting often includes Chapter 7 cases, Chapter 7 adversary proceedings, Chapter 11 cases and Chapter 11 adversary proceedings. Uploading pre-hearing dispositions in this fashion requires parties and attorneys whose matters appear later in the day, e.g., Chapter 11 calendar, to wade through earlier calendars, e.g., Chapter 7 cases and adversary proceedings, to check their matter.

Moving forward, Department A will post a separate pre-hearing calendar for each calendar: (1) chapter 7 cases; (2) adversary proceedings (chapter 7); (3) chapter 11 cases; (4) adversary proceedings (chapter 11); (5) Chapter 13 & 12 cases; and (6) adversary proceedings (chapters 13 & 12). No pre-hearing dispositions will be posted for reaffirmation agreements.
5/27/2015 Amendments to Local Rules Effective May 1, 2015

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California has amended its Local Rules of Practice. Pursuant to General Order 15-01, the Local Rules will be effective as to all cases and proceedings filed or pending on or after May 1, 2015.

Click the hyperlinks below to view the Local Rules of Practice Effective May 1, 2015 and the Redlined Version of the Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Local Rules of Practice Effective May 1, 2015

Redlined Version of the Local Bankruptcy Rules
5/7/2015 Order Adopting Changes To Local Rules of Practice
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