Chief Judge Roger L. Efremsky • Clerk of Court Edward Emmons

News and Announcements

Federal Holiday - Labor Day

All divisions of the Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Monday, September 4th, in observance of Labor Day.

UPDATED Guidelines for Valuing Collateral Under § 506 and FRBP 3012 in Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases

This updated guideline replaces Guidelines for Valuing and Avoiding Liens in Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases, dated September 10, 2010

Link: Valuing Collateral Under § 506 and FRBP 3012 in Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases

Request for Comments on the Northern District's New Chapter 13 Plan

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Court is requesting comments on the new Chapter 13 Plan (to be effective on 12/1/2017).  A pdf of the Chapter 13 Plan is below. Comments regarding the new Chapter 13 Plan may be emailed to the bench-bar liaison representatives Sarah Little and W. Kirk Moore by October 3, 2017. Subject line of the email should be: Chapter 13 Plan Comments.  The bench-bar liaison representatives will prepare a summary of comments for the judges’ review. In addition, the actual comments will be forwarded to the judges.  Also below is a pdf of the instructions to assist in the review of the new Chapter 13 Plan.


PDF icon New Chapter 13 Plan
PDF icon Chapter 13 Plan Instructions

Policy on Personal Data Identifiers

Application of Policy on Privacy of Personal Data Identifiers

In the interest of full and open access by the public to the records and the dockets of the Bankruptcy Court, absent an order on a motion to file a document under seal, to file a redacted document, to redact a document, or to restrict access to a document or an applicable exception, the Clerk’s Office will not manually or electronically seal, redact or restrict access to a document filed with the court electronically or in paper.  Consistent with Bankruptcy Rule 9037 and the Judicial Conference Policy on Privacy and Public Access to Electronic Case Files, in an electronic or paper filing made with the court that contains an individual’s social security number, taxpayer identification number, birth date, the name of an individual, other than the debtor, known to be an identified as a minor, or a financial account number, unless the court orders otherwise, a party or non-party making the filing may include only:

(1)  The last four digits of the social security number and taxpayer identification number;

(2)  The year of the individual’s birth;

(3)  The minor’s initials; and

(4)  The last for digits of the financial account number.

This policy on privacy of personal data identifiers is subject to the provisions of, inter alia, 11 U.S.C. §§ 107 and 112, Bankruptcy Rule 9037, Civil Local Rule 79-5, the district procedure for Electronically Filing Sealed and Redacted Documents, and the Interim District Procedure for Motions to Redact.

Change of United States Postal Service (USPS) Mailing Address for the Oakland Division

Effective immediately, the Oakland Division's USPS mailing address is:

United States Bankruptcy Court
1300 Clay Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

The Oakland Division will keep its current mailing address (P.O. Box 2070) until September 30, 2017. At which time, mail be forwarded to the above address (1300 Clay Street).

Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases Pending In the Santa Rosa Division


PDF icon Reassignment of Bankruptcy Cases Pending In the Santa Rosa Division

Transcription Services Solicitation

The Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California (the Court) is soliciting vendors to include on a publicly posted approved list of qualified transcription services providers.  Vendors interested in receiving a solicitation packet detailing the Court's requirements should send an email to the Procurement Administrator, Suzanne McBride, at

All requests for the solicitation packet must be received no later than Friday, August 18, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. PDT.  All proposals must be received via email no later than Friday, August 25, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Notice of Unavailability for Judge Blumenstiel

August 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017

Link: Notice of Unavailability for August 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017

CM/ECF Users: New NEF Definitions and Changes to Docket Events and Processes

New events, event modifications, and event deactivations that affect all chapters as well as new NEF definitions that take effect in June and July 2017 are posted under the New in ECF page.  Please note in particular that the court will reinstate the prior practice of noticing the Debtor’s Certification in Support of Discharge and Debtor’s Statement re Pending Proceedings through BNC in chapter 13 cases.

NEW Form Order Modifying Chapter 13 Plan

The form order will be effective July 1, 2017, and will be required in the Oakland Division when obtaining a court order to modify the Chapter 13 Plan.  This preferred form order, approved by all Chapter 13 Trustees, may also be used in the San Francisco, Santa Rosa and San Jose Divisions.


PDF icon FormOrderMod13Plan.pdf
File FormOrderMod13Plan.docx

Chief Judge Efremsky's NEW Practices and Procedures

Link: Chief Judge Efremsky's Practices and Procedures

Northern District Chapter 13 Model Plan

The Chapter 13 Model Plan (dated August 1, 2013), is currently being used in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. EFFECTIVE July 1, 2017, the use of the model plan will be required in ALL divisions of the Northern District.


File Chapter 13 Model Plan (8-1-2013)