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ECF User Manual

Table of Contents

Getting Started
  • Introduction
  • Training
  • Help Desk
System Requirements
  • Hardware and Software Specifications
Registration Requirements
  • CM/ECF Registration
  • PACER Registration
Converting Documents to PDF
  • About Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Setting Up the Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer
  • Converting Documents to PDF
Accessing CM/ECF
  • Locating and Identifying the ECF System
  • Logging Into CM/ECF
Understanding the CM/ECF Menu Bar

Opening a New Bankruptcy Case
  • Manual Case Opening
  • Opening a new Case Using Case Upload
  • Opening a New Case Using Commercial BK Software
Mailing Matrix (List of Creditors)
  • Uploading a Creditor Matrix
  • Specifications for Creditor Matrix

Opening a New Adversary Proceeding

Filing an Answer to a Complaint

Motion Practice

  • Filing a Motion
  • Filing an Amended Motion
  • Filing a Response to a Motion
Filing a Reaffirmation Agreement

Filing a Proof of Claim
  • Standard Method of Filing a Claim
  • Filing a Claim Using "Speed-Claims"

Filing a Notice of Appearance

Signatures, Retention, Redaction & Service of Documents

  • Signatures on Documents
  • Retention Requirements
  • Redaction Requirements (Privacy Information)
  • Service of Pleadings Filed Electronically
  • Service List and Label Production

Case Query

  • Searching for Case Information
  • Printing a Notice of Case Filing

ECF Reports

  • Cases Report
  • Claims Register
  • Docket Report
  • Calendar Events
  • Docket Activity Report
  • Professional Fees Reports
  • E-Mail Summary Report


  • Maintaining ECF Account
  • Changing Passwords
  • View My Transaction Log
  • Your PACER Account

Resetting Password in CM/ECF

Filing Fees

  • About Filing Fees
  • Paying Fess as Pleadings are Filed
  • Paying Fees Through the Utilities Menu

Submitting Proposed Orders

  • Submitting Orders via E-Mail
  • Format of Proposed Orders

Submitting Tax Returns

Documents Filed in Error

  • Most Common Errors
  • Submission Error Notification
  • Corrective Entries

Helpful Information

  • Clearing the Cache
  • Allowing "Pop Up" Screens
  • Creating Bookmarks in a PDF Document


  • FLNB Website
  • Opinions Search
  • Public Calendar
  • Unclaimed Funds
  • Electronic Learning Modules (ELMs)
  • PACER User's Manual
  • PACER Training
  • Party Role Type

New Case Checklist

  • Chapter 7 New Case Checklist
  • Chapter 13 New Case Checklist

Style Guide

Glossary of Terms

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