Effective May 10, 2014, Chief Judge Peter H. Carroll is now the main judge for the bankruptcy court Ventura county Northern Division in Santa Barbara, California, replacing Robin Riblet  who was appointed as  bankruptcy judge by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1988 and reappointed in 2002. Judge Riblet is leaving full-time status after having served on the bench for 26 years.

In the past, bankruptcy filings for residents were divided between the bankruptcy court Ventura county Northern Division in Santa Barbara and the  bankruptcy court Los Angeles County San Fernando court. However, transfer and reassignment of cases and changes in bankruptcy court Ventura county zip-code defined jurisdictions have recently been implemented. The change affects the cities of Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley and Malibu to file in Santa Barbara vs. San Fernando Valley Division (Woodland Hills). These cities were previously assigned to the San Fernando Division; but will now be assigned to the bankruptcy court Ventura county Northern Division, regardless of whether the city or zip code is in Los Angeles County or Ventura County.

Bankruptcy Court Ventura County Zip Code Reassignments

In conformance with this change, the zip codes for the cities of Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park and Malibu, including 90263, 90265, 91319, 91320, 91358, 91359, 91360, 91362, 93062, 93063, 93064, 93065, 93094 and 93099, will now be assigned to the Northern Division. All new bankruptcy cases for debtors in these cities and zip codes must be filed at the bankruptcy court Ventura county Northern Division. Pending bankruptcy cases and reopened cases will stay in their original filing jurisdiction.  Increasing the zip code boundaries for the Northern Division means that many eastern Ventura County residents and businesses will be forced to drive north to reach the Northern Division courthouse in Santa Barbara for cases, hearings and filings. If you are wondering where filings in the bankruptcy court Ventura county should be processed, and you live in Southern California, the Central District has a convenient zip code search to verify the court where you should file your documents.

Unfortunately our office no longer offers bankruptcy document preparation services, However, if you are in the California Central District, the court offers a free online bankruptcy document preparation service which you may want to check out.