Important Reminders Regarding CM/ECF
Last Updated: June 13, 2012

  1. Judge/Trustee Assign pertains to Chapter 7, 12 and 13 and must be done the same day as the case is entered.

  2. Always read blue notes when filing documents.

  3. Always double check the case name and number to be certain you are filing the documents in the correct case.

  4. Remember to date and type /s/ name (i.e., /s/John Doe) on the signature line of all pleadings.  Do not leave a blank line.

  5. Always file the main pleading first (e.g., Motion).  

  6. When filing a document that refers to a previously filed document, the reference docket number must be selected so documents link properly, such as:

    • Proposed Order (refer/link to Motion or main document only)

    • Proof of Service (refer/link to everything that was sent to parties)

    • Objection (refer/link to Motion only)

    • Notice of Hearing (refer/link to Motion only)

    • Statement of Case (refer/link to Motion only)

    • Amended Schedules (refer/link to first schedules filed)

    • Corrective Entry (refer/link to incorrect entry only)

      See the Linking Reference Guide for more examples or more specifically: Linking Adversary Proceeding, Linking Amended Motion, Linking Motion

  7. When browsing for a document, always right click and open the document to verify that:

    • you are attaching the correct document to the entry

    • the pdf image contains the complete document

    • none of the pages are distorted or missing

    • the signature line includes the /s/name and is dated

  8. When filing attachments, remember to name the attachment.  This is done in the Description field (i.e. Exhibit A, Memorandum of Law, Brief). Also remember to right click and open the document (see #7 above).

  9. When amending documents, always include the reason for amending in the docket text.

  10. Do not file adversary documents in bankruptcy cases.  All adversary filings should include the adversary caption and adversary case number.  When filing electronically, select the adversary heading from the ECF menu.

  11. Proposed order must be have a three (3) inch margin at the top of the first page; there should NOT be a signature line for the judge on any page of the order; and at the end of the order, place three pound signs (###) in the center of the page to signify the end of the order.

  12. The Statement of Social Security Number (Form 21) must accompany every petition. The statement must be filed separately using the Statement of Social Security Number event in the miscellaneous category.

  13. Remember to leave the receipt field blank when filing a document that may require a filing fee.  If the filing fee is exempt or deferred per 28 U.S.C. §1930, then type EXEMPT or DEFERRED in the receipt field.

  14. If a document is filed electronically, do not mail us the original document.

  15. If unsure of a procedure, please call the Clerk's office for assistance.