Congress is considering H.R. 4506, a bill to add new bankruptcy judgeships. The bill passed the house nearly unanimously and is expected to pass the Senate. Under the new “pay-go” standards, the bill must be revenue neutral. It achieves this by increasing the Chapter 7 filing fee by $1 and Chapter 11 by $42.
The bill would add two (2) new bankruptcy judgeships to the Eastern District of California and make permanent the temporary judgeship currently in place, bringing to nine (9) the total number of bankruptcy judgeships in the Eastern District of California.
The Eastern District of California has one of the highest judicial workloads in the country and adding two new bankruptcy judges to the Eastern District would be a significant step toward relieving that workload.