BAP Court Information & Monthly Calendars


BAP Court Information:

The Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building
125 South Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 229 - 7220
(626) 229 - 7225

Meredith A. Jury, Chief Judge
Susan M. Spraul, Clerk

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) for the Ninth Circuit was originally established by the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit in 1979 as an alternative forum to the district courts for hearing bankruptcy appeals. All district courts within the Ninth Circuit have issued general orders providing for the automatic referral of bankruptcy appeals to the BAP for disposition.


Six bankruptcy judges are appointed to serve on the BAP:

Honorable Meredith A. Jury, Chief Judge   Central District of California
Honorable Ralph B. Kirscher         District of Montana
Honorable Laura S. Taylor         Southern District of California
Honorable Frank L. Kurtz         Eastern District of Washington
Honorable Robert J. Faris         District of Hawaii
Honorable William J. Lafferty, III   Northern District of California

When a judge serves on the BAP, that judge is precluded from hearing or deciding any matters which arise from his or her home court.


BAP Monthly Calendars:

The BAP tries whenever economical and feasible to set hearings in the district location where the bankruptcy case was filed. Hearings may be set for in-person appearances, or appearances by video conference or phone conference in the interest of minimizing travel costs for litigants and speedy resolution. Hearings are generally held during the third week of the month.

Access the BAP Oral Argument Calendars.
Most BAP appeals are fully resolved within 10 months from the date the notice of appeal is filed.