Since federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases, bankruptcy cannot be filed in state courts.  Below you will find information for filing bankruptcy.

US Courts

Bankruptcy information is located on the United States Courts website at the address listed above.  Here you will find links to Bankruptcy Basics, which explain the bankruptcy process in detail, links to bankruptcy forms, bankruptcy rules, and various resources.  Information about filing Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 are also available on this website.

Northern District of California

The United States Bankruptcy Court has a court associated with each United States District Court.  On this site you will find court locations, court fee information, and information about filing a bankruptcy case without an attorney.

Electronic case filing procedures for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California can be found on this website

Bankruptcy Lawyer in the Library

First Wednesday evening of each month at the Oakland Main Library.

Sign up begins at 5:00 pm, Names of persons present will be selected by lottery at 5:45 pm. There are ten time slots available. Lawyers in Library Program is held on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library near the Magazine and Newspaper Room. (125 14th Street, 510-238-3134)