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What's New

5/7/2015 Order Adopting Changes To Local Rules of Practice
4/30/2015 Starting with the July 1, 2015, calendar, Department A in Fresno will operate under new procedures for the self-set calendar. Those instructions are posted under the “Self-Set Calendars and Procedures” link of the “Calendar/Transcript” portion on the right side of the website.

Two changes are of particular import. First, Fresno and Bakersfield cases will enjoy full reciprocity. Without regard to the county of origin of the case and without court order, at the option of the moving party, all matters may be set in either Fresno or Bakersfield. For example, in the past, law and motion matters for cases originating in Kern County were conducted in Bakersfield. Under the new instructions for the self-set calendar, law and motion matters for a Kern County case may be noticed for hearing in Bakersfield or in Fresno. Similarly, motions for cases for which Fresno hearings were historically required may be noticed for hearing in Fresno or in Bakersfield. Attorneys are expected to extend opposing counsel and parties appropriate professional courtesies in setting or changing the location of hearings, particularly where a distant venue would be a hardship or inconvenience to the respondent.

Second, Department A will no longer honor the custom of allowing Expedited Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act Hearings, e.g. 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3) (motions to extend the stay), on 7 days notice. Absent an order shortening time, all motions must be set consistent with 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).
3/13/2015 The Local Rules Advisory Committee has proposed various changes to the Local Rules that are now available for public comment. The Court does not necessarily endorse these proposed changes and will not adopt any changes until after receiving all public comments. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), these proposed amendments are now available on the Court's website .

Persons wishing to comment on these proposed amendments to the Local Rules may submit their written comments or recommendations to one of the addresses listed below. To be considered, comments must be received not later than the close of business on Friday, April 17, 2015. Comments may be sent in letter form to:

Clerk of Court U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse
501 I Street, Suite 3200
Sacramento, CA 958142322

Comments may also be sent via email to: Subject line: Comments to Proposed Local Rule Changes
2/17/2015 On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California will launch a redesigned Electronic Filing section. The location of the section remains the same, however it has been condensed to just 3 pages/links. When any of the 3 links are clicked, the filer is directed to a web page that is streamlined, organized and more informative for eFilers. Additionally, an appropriate description of each page/link has been added for further clarification.

The court's main eFiling website, eCalWebFiling can be found under the eFiling link.

Questions concerning this change should be directed to the help desk at 855-542-0992.
2/10/2015 February 2015 Newsletter
2/9/2015 Change in the Official Record of Court Proceedings and Ordering Transcripts

Effective March 1, 2015 in Sacramento - Department B (All other departments are keeping their current procedures.)

Effective April 1, 2015 in Fresno – Departments A and B

Digital audio recording will be used instead of court reporters for all hearings, including trials and evidentiary hearings. 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 contact the referenced agency. For hearings using digital audio recording as the official record, select from any of the agencies listed on the Transcription Services page.

Questions concerning this change should be directed to the help desk at 855-542-0992.
12/21/2014 Delegation of Authority to the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court and his Deputies
12/21/2014 General Order Re: Chapter 7 Trustee Fees
11/7/2014 Effective December 1, 2014, fees for filing certain documents will increase. Additionally, a new fee will be assessed for filing a Motion to Redact a Record. Please click here for more information concerning these changes.

Some forms are also expected to be updated December 1, 2014. Please click here to see the list of Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms.

Information regarding rule changes can be found by clicking here

Questions concerning these changes can be directed to the eFiling Help Desk at 855-542-0992.
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