Court Announces Monthly Furlough Days

UPDATE: The furloughs and court closures announced in the message that follows have been cancelled. See the notice dated May 13, 2013.

 Due to budget reductions caused by sequestration, the Court will observe five furlough days in Fiscal Year 2013. The Court has approved the following furlough schedule to begin in May, absent further notice.

The current plan is for the Court’s San Francisco, San Jose and Eureka divisions to be closed on the first Friday of each month and the Oakland division to be closed the first Monday of each month. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Oakland division will be closed the second Monday in September.

The schedule for May-September 2013 will be as follows:

San Francisco, San Jose & Eureka Oakland
Friday, May 3
Friday, June 7
Friday, July 5
Friday, August 2
Friday, September 6
Monday, May 6
Monday, June 3
Monday, July 1
Monday, August 5
Monday, September 9

Furlough Closure Guidelines for Parties & Counsel:

1.      Federal buildings will be open on furlough closure days, allowing public access to drop boxes for filing purposes in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland during regular posted hours. Items filed in accordance with the Court’s drop box filing procedures will be considered “filed” on the date they are file-stamped and deposited in a drop box, unless that date is on a weekend or federal holiday. For purposes of drop box filings, furlough closure days will be considered regular court days.

2.      Any urgent matter arising from a case in a closed division should be brought to an open division only if it is an emergency that cannot wait until the next court day.

3.      CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing on furlough closure days; the ECF Help Desk will be open but there may be longer-than-usual hold times for service.

4.      Hearings that fall on furlough closure days will be rescheduled by the court. If you have proceedings that are affected, you will be notified.

5.      E-filers shall meet their filing deadlines on furlough days through ECF. Non-e-filers should attempt to meet their filing deadlines on furlough days by filing by regular mail or in the drop box. If they are unable to do so, they may seek an extension to the next court day from the assigned judge. 

More information about the impact of budget sequestration on federal courts is available at the United States Courts website ( Should there be changes in the Court’s furlough closure plan, this notice will be updated.