Updates – U.S. District Courts of California (Central, Eastern, Northern & Southern)

Central District of California

System Maintenance Notice

The following applications will be unavailable due to system maintenance starting from Friday, May 20th, 11:00 PM to Saturday, May 21st, 3:00 AM PDT.

  • New attorney admissions
  • Attorney renewal
  • Access request to CM/ECF for people without lawyers
  • Media/Press CM/ECF access request
  • Request to reset CM/ECF password for accounts issued before February 18, 2020
  • Online payment form for application of non-resident attorney to appear in a specific case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Information is accessible on the court’s home page. Click here to learn more.


Eastern District of California

Public Notice: New Local Rules Published

Local Rules for the Eastern District of California have been updated effective March 1, 2022.

Click here to view Local Rules and Amended and New Local Rules.


Northern District of California

Update on Court Proceedings, Operations, and Safety Protocols (Updated May 6, 2022)

Effective August 2, 2021, and until further notice, all visitors to any Northern District of California courthouse must review the court’s COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire before arriving at the courthouse. 

Masking requirements in the Courthouses and Federal Buildings in the Northern District of California respond to changes in the status of community transmission and are set per guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mask and physical distancing requirements for individual courtrooms will continue to be determined by the assigned judge.

Until further notice, the intake counters and public terminals at each divisional courthouse will be open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Drop boxes will remain available while public counters are open.  The San Francisco courthouse dropbox has been relocated to the 16th Floor.

Click here to view General Order 78: In re Update on Court Proceedings and Operations following State of California Reopening.


Southern District of California

Amendments to Civil Local Rules 16.1c and 16.3

Pretrial and Setting for Trial

  1. Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) Conference

Within forty-five (45) days of the filing of an answer, counsel and the parties must appear before the assigned judge for an early neutral evaluation conference, this appearance must be made with complete authority to discuss and enter into settlement.

Click here for access to General Order 738

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