United States Bankruptcy Court Updates

Central District of California

Changes to Transcript Fee Rates

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved adjustments to the maximum per-page original and copy transcript fee rates.  The following transcript fee rates are effective October 1, 2023, and October 1, 2024.

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Temporarily Closing the LA Help Desk Telephone Line

The L.A. Bankruptcy intake telephone line is temporarily closed. The LA Bankruptcy Clinic remains open, as is the online intake form Clinics – Public Counsel).

Individuals seeking referrals to a private attorney may contact Smartlaw at www.smartlaw.org(link is external) or (866) 762-7852.

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Eastern District of California

Open Letter to the Bar from Frederick E. Clement, Chief Bankruptcy Judge

Six months ago, or slightly longer ago, we implemented the use of Zoom appearances for routine matters, e.g., law and motion hearings and status conferences. Now that we have been living with this new procedure for a while, it seems appropriate to revisit the issue and ask the bar and the trustees: (1) what is working and what isn’t working; and (2) how can we improve the use of this technology?

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Southern District of California

Use of AT&T Telephonic System for Remote Appearance Disconnected

On October 1, 2023, the Court will discontinue the use of the AT&T dial-in service for remote appearances.  Please consult the Judge’s page on the website or contact the Courtroom Deputy for information on remote appearances.

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Use of Digital Recording for Court Hearings and Trials

On October 1, 2023, the Court will begin using a digital recording system to capture the official record of Court proceedings.  Transcripts and audio files for hearings after October 1 will be available as instructed on the Transcripts and Audio webpage.  Transcription service companies will be added to the page as they are vetted.

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New Transcript Rates October 1, 2023

On October 1, 2023, the maximum rates allowable for transcript production will increase.

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WiFi in the Weinberger Courthouse

The courtrooms in the Weinberger Courthouse are now covered by wireless public internet access.  All computers have been removed from the courtrooms. WiFi names and passwords are available in the courtrooms.

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