Per Local Bankruptcy Rule 2090-1, an attorney who is a member in good standing, and eligible to practice before the bar in any United States Court, but is not a resident of, nor regularly employed, nor engaged in business, in the State of California, may request to appear in a specific bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding by filing an Application of Non-Resident Attorney to Appear in a Specific Case (pro hac vice).
A. To Obtain Court Approval to Appear Pro Hac Vice:
- Complete an application, which may be downloaded here;
- Take the completed application to the Intake window of the District Court for the Central District and pay the fee required by a District Court Local Rule and noted on District Court Form G-64. While it is not necessary to fill out and file Form G-64, the form contains the current fee information;
- A clerk at the District Court will stamp a copy of your application with a receipt of payment and/or provide a receipt;
- Take the receipt-stamped copy to the Bankruptcy Court Intake window and file your Application along with lodging an Order Approving Request to appear Pro Hac Vice OR;
- File via CM/ECF the Application, a declaration with a copy of receipt repayment of fees and lodge the Order Approving Request to appear Pro Hac Vice via the Lodged Order Upload link.
B. Planning Ahead, Especially if the Attorney Intends to Appear by Telephone
Many judges require telephonic appearance requests to be made several days before a hearing or adversary conference, and many judges will not consider a request to appear by telephone until the attorney establishes that permission to appear pro hac vice has been granted by the court.