does "Refer" mean?
Answer: When the pleading you are filing
links/relates to a previously filed document. Examples:
to Refer related document:
to a Motion to Avoid Lien refers to Motion to Avoid
Motion for Relief from Stay refers to Motion for Relief from Stay.
the "Does this filing refer to an existing document in this
||Place a check mark in the box.
- At the "Category of Documents" screen:
||Select the appropriate category in which the
related document was filed.
- At the "Docket Text" screen:
a check mark in the "include" box to select
the appropriate related document.
do I "Attach" documents?
Answer: When what you are filing supports
the main document being filed.
in support, Proofs of Service, Memorandum of P&A's, etc.
Instructions for attaching
supporting documents (pdf files)
the "Browse" screen, click on the 'yes' button at
"Attachments to Document:"
- Browse, verify and attach supporting document
- Select "Type" of document, if
applicable, or type description of document.
- Click on "Add to List" button.
- Repeat steps 1 -3 until all supporting
documents are attached.
do I file a document as "Stand Alone"?
Answer: When the document you are filing
requires a deadline or hearing date to be set.
~Note: All documents filed in the Notices &
Hearings category are considered Stand Alone documents.
and Request for Hearings
do I need to Save or Print to PDF the "Notice of Electronic
Answer: The Notice of Electronic Filing
is considered as your electronic receipt for your filing.
~Note: It can also be used for documents which need to be scanned. Attach the
Notice of Electronic Filing to your documents which need scanning and
deliver the documents to the court. The court will then scan the documents
and place in the appropriate filing.
do I need to Browse and Verify my pdf or txt files before I
Attach in the "Filename" field?
Answer: This ensures that the file that
is being attached is correct.
~Note: The court quality assures all incoming files
and verifies for /s/party's name,
missing pages, correct document to ECF event, correct
case number, readable file, etc.
verify while filing in ECF:
the document (pdf or text).
click on the filename.
"Open" from the drop down menu. This will launch the
pdf or text file.
the document by clicking on the "X" in upper right
hand corner of the Adobe Acrobat or NotePad application.
on "Open" button in ECF to attach the document in
the Browse... field.
All documents requiring fees that are filed via
CM/ECF must be paid electronically by the attorney. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are acceptable for payment.
Important!: Payments should be received on the date documents
are submitted to the court.
|| Pay Now allows you to pay now. Enter the appropriate information in the fields provided. If your credit card is not approved, the Bankruptcy Court will contact you with payment options.
allows you to continue filing in CM/ECF and accumulated more fees.
Pay Now, access:
- Click on the "Utilities".
- Click on "Internet Payments Due".
- Click on "Pay Now" and follow prompts.
Add/Create a New Party (Filer)
- Click on Add/Create New Party.
- Search for a Party screen:
- Enter social security number, tax identification number
name (upper and lower case) to search for new party filer name
in the ECF database.
- Party search results:
party filer name appears, select the name from the list and verify
party name information (pop up window).
party name information is the same, click on "Select name
from list" button.
debtor name does not appear (No person found), click on "Create new
- Party Information screen:
This screen appears for selected name or creating new party.
- Complete/Update all appropriate fields for the new
Role for new party filer such as Creditor (cr:cr).
- Select the Party screen:
- Highlight the new party filer name and Submit.