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last updated: 8/3/05



Fee Change Alert

There are some upcoming fee changes to be aware of. Please make a note of the effective dates.

Effective September 20, 2005
Increase in the fee for filing a civil action under 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) to include:
Adversary Proceedings: increase from $150 to $250
Effective October 17, 2005
Per Section 325 of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Pub L. 109-8, 2005) the filing fee amounts required by 28 U.S.C. § 1930 change as follows:
Chapter 7: Increase from $209 to $274
  Increase Motion to Reopen from $155 to $220
Chapter 13: Decrease from $194 to $189
  Decrease Motion to reopen from $155 to $150
Chapter 11: Increase from $839 to $1,039
  Increase Motion to Reopen from $800 to $1,000

Revisions to Proof of Claim Form (Official Form 10)

Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Reform Act, several of the amendments to the Bankruptcy Code became effective immediately upon enactment. Section 1401 increases the wage priority cap from $4,000 to $10,000 and expands the look-back period from 90 to 180 days. Accordingly, Official Form 10, Proof of Claim, has been changed to reflect the amended amounts and will apply to cases filed on or after April 20, 2005.

New ECF User's Manual Now Available

This manual is designed as a guide to assist registered ECF Users in filing documents electronically. Although filing requirements and references to the Bankruptcy Code and/or Rules may be provided for some topics, this manual should not be relied upon exclusively by the user. The actual Bankruptcy Code and/or Rules should still be consulted.

CM/ECF Upgraded

The ECF system has been upgraded from version 2.3 to 2.5. Attorneys should make certain that their petition preparation software has been upgraded to be compatible with version 2.5 of ECF. Highlights of the new version include:

  • Creditor record searches are no longer case sensitive.
  • Creditor records now sort alphabetically by name.
  • A free look is available for the primary e-mail address and for each secondary e-mail address.

in March 2005
The Internet Credit Card Payment of fees has been turned on. All ECF documents requiring a fee need to be paid online. If you have questions, please contact:

Tina in Madison at: (608)-261-5737, or
Monica in Eau Claire at: (715) 839-2980 ext 114.
Our toll free number is: 800-373-8708

Sign up for E-Noticing now (for attorneys only)

Whenever a pleading or other paper is filed electronically, the system will automatically generate a "Notice of Electronic Filing" at the time of docketing. If you sign up for e-noticing you will receive service of the "Notice of Electronic Filing" which shall be the equivalent of service of the pleading or other paper by first class mail, postage prepaid. With each e-mail, you are given one free look to view, save and/or print the document. Signing up for e-noticing does not commit you to electronic filing, only to accepting service via e-mail. Call the clerk's office with any questions you may have. NOTE: If you are a current ECF user, this procedure is NOT necessary.
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Signing up is free. A PACER account is required to view docket sheets and case documents. Sign up at:



Wisconsin Western
ECF Technical Help Desk

(800) 373-8708 Toll Free
(608) 264-5630 Madison
(715) 839-2993 Eau Claire

Filing without an attorney?
If you are filing a new bankruptcy case without an attorney see the pro se web page for information to assist you with filing procedures.
What is Pro se?

Electronic Filing is now available in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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