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Online Filing

Announcements
Electronic Filing (CM/ECF LIVE)
File a Proof of Claim
eFinCert: File a Financial Management Course Certificate (Providers Only)
Accessing Court Records
Training Database
Administrative Procedures Regarding Electronic Case Filing
Applications for Access to CM/ECF
Universal Login for CM/ECF
CM/ECF Password Reset Request
CM/ECF Training
CM/ECF Guide for Attorneys
How-to Submit Proposed Orders
Pro Hac Vice
Case Numbering
Requirement Regarding Voluminous Pleadings

Announcements


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Electronic Filing (CM/ECF Live)


https://ecf.flnb.uscourts.gov
 
Access to FILE cases or documents in bankruptcy cases and/or adversary proceedings filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida.
 
It is recommended that CM/ECF users obtain a PACER account in order to view case and docket information.


File a Proof of Claim


Creditors may file an electronic Proof of Claim without logging into, or being required to have a login and password for CM/ECF by clicking here. You will be permitted to attach supporting documentation by selecting the radial button at the bottom of the screen.
 

File a Financial Management Course Certificate (Providers Only)


Providers of a course in personal financial management may file the certificate without logging into, or being required to have a login and password for CM/ECF by clicking here. You will be permitted to attach the certificate(s) by selecting the radio button(s) on the screen.
 

Accessing Court Records


Records Accessed Through PACER (Online)

www.pacer.gov
 
PACER is the national Public Access to Electronic Court Records service. While the screens for PACER and CM/ECF are nearly identical, you may only VIEW case information and/or documents in PACER; you will not be able to file documents or cases. You must obtain a login to the CM/ECF system in the Northern District of Florida to file documents and/or cases here.  See the Applications for Access to CM/ECF section of this website for information on obtaining a login for the Northern District of Florida.

Note that, in accordance with the Federal Judiciary’s implementation in December 2003 of its policy on privacy and public access to electronic case files, PACER will not allow public access to documents (i.e., PDF files) filed in Bankruptcy cases that were opened before December 1, 2003 and have been closed for over one year. This restriction also applies to documents in such cases that have been appealed to the district courts, the bankruptcy appellate panels, or the courts of appeals.  Exceptions to the above limitation include the following:

  • Docket sheets and docket information in restricted cases will still be accessible electronically via PACER;
  • All documents (i.e., PDF files) in a particular restricted case will be available electronically via PACER to any person who has filed a notice of appearance in that case; and
  • Copies of documents (i.e., PDF files) in restricted cases will be accessible at the Clerk’s Office if they are in electronic format. Otherwise, copies may be obtained through the Federal Records Center or through Clerk's Office staff.
Records Accessed through Clerk's Office Staff or Lobby Access Terminals

Copies of documents may be obtained from the Clerk’s Office through:

  • Direct employee assistance at our Tallahassee and Pensacola locations;
  • Self-service access using the public access terminals located in the Tallahassee and Pensacola Bankruptcy Court or Gainesville and Panama City District Court Intake lobbies;
  • The Federal Records Center (FRC) using accession, location and box information provided to the customer by Clerk’s Office staff; or
  • The use of a mailed or faxed A8 Request for Copies form accompanied either by a faxed A1 Credit Card One Time Authorization form or a check for the total amount of the request.
Consult the A8 Request for Copies form for fee information applicable to copies obtained through Clerk’s Office personnel. This form also outlines fees charged for additional services including document certification and exemplification.

Training Database (CM/ECF Train)


https://ecf-train.flnb.uscourts.gov
 
File cases and/or documents as part of your training to obtain a login and password to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida. 
 

Administrative Procedures Regarding Electronic Case Filing


Click Here for More Information
 
Rules and requirements for filing electronically in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida.  This process is governed by Standing Order Number Eleven.
 

Applications for Access to CM/ECF


(U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida only)

Attorney Application - Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the Northern District of Florida.  Applicant must receive CM/ECF training if not a registered CM/ECF user in another bankruptcy court or a U.S. District Court.
 
Combination Application - For attorneys who represent both debtors and creditors.  Applicant must be admitted to practice in the Northern District of Florida.  Applicant must receive CM/ECF training if not a registered CM/ECF user in another bankruptcy court or a U.S. District Court.
 
Limited Use Application - Non-attorney filers or attorneys who are not admitted to practice in the Northern District of Florida who wish to file documents such as Proofs of Claim, Reaffirmation Agreements, Requests for Notice, or other creditor-type pleadings.

CLICK HERE for access to the NEW online CM/ECF application process.

Not sure which application to complete? - click here for more information

Note: CM/ECF users are assigned to “groups” which have unique permissions. For example, the “attorney” group has access rights to file new cases while the “creditor” group does not. This document explains the different access rights in order to assist registrants in determining which application for access needs to be submitted.

Filing Agent for Attorney - Complete and submit Local Form A6
Child Support Creditor - Complete and submit Local Form A7

It is recommended that all CM/ECF users also register for a PACER account in order to view case and docket information.
 

Universal Login for CM/ECF



Go here to apply for a universal CM/ECF login for all of Florida's districts.

CM/ECF Password Reset Request



Click here to reset your account password.


CM/ECF Training


Training may be done online or at the Tallahassee location of the Clerk's Office.

Request Training
 

CM/ECF Guide for Attorneys


Click Here for More Information

A step-by-step guide to filing and/or performing many of the most common tasks in CM/ECF.
 

How to Submit Proposed Orders


Click here for more information on how to submit proposed orders through CM/ECF.

Click here for Judge Karen K. Specie's proposed order formatting requirements.
 
A quick “how to” for submitting proposed orders through CM/ECF.  All proposed orders are to be submitted to the court electronically in word processing format (exhibits or other attachments to the proposed order may be submitted as a PDF) via a link in the CM/ECF system or through the ECF Central application for CM/ECF. 
 
We prefer that proposed orders be submitted immediately after the filing of the motion.  This allows Clerk’s Office staff to route the proposed order to Chambers as soon as applicable. 
 

Pro Hac Vice


Click Here for More Information

Non-admitted attorneys wishing to appear in bankruptcy cases must request pro hac vice admission through the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
 

Case Numbering



Bankruptcy Cases filed prior to November 11, 2003 (implementation of CM/ECF):
All case numbers were seven digits in length, separated by a dash after the first two digits.  The first two digits indicated the year in which the case was filed (e.g., 02- for a case filed in 2002).  The third digit (first after the dash) indicated the division in which the case was filed*.  The remaining digits were the numeric sequence in which the case was filed in that division (e.g., 02-70003 was the third case filed in the Tallahassee division in 2002).

* See table below for full case number examples.

Adversary Cases filed prior to November 11, 2003 (implementation of CM/ECF):
Adversary case numbers were seven digits in length, separated by a dash after the first two digits.  The first two digits indicated the year in which the case was filed (e.g., 02- for a case filed in 2002).  The third digit (first after the dash) indicated the office in which the case file was physically located (e.g., 02-9 was located in Tallahassee (Tallahassee, Panama City and Gainesville divisions) or 02-8 was located in Pensacola)*.  The remaining digits were the numeric sequence in which the case filed in that office that year (e.g., 02-90147 was the 147th case to be filed in the Tallahassee office (including Panama City and Gainesville divisions).

* See table below for full case number examples.
 
Cases filed after November 10, 2003 (implementation of CM/ECF):
Bankruptcy and Adversary case numbers are seven digits in length, separated by a dash after the first two digits.  The first two digits indicate the year in which the case was filed (e.g., 10- for a case filed in 2010).  The next several digits reflect both the the division in which the case was filed and indicates what type of case it is.  The divisional codes are as follows:
 
Gainesville = 1                  Pensacola = 3              Tallahassee = 4                       Panama City = 5
 
Based upon the type of proceeding, the second half of the case number (after the dash) will either begin with the single digit office statistical code or one or two zeroes.  One zero after the dash indicates that the case is an adversary proceeding.  Two zeroes after the dash indicate that the case is a miscellaneous proceeding.

Examples of both pre-CM/ECF and current numbering schemes are shown below.

Cases filed before November 11, 2003 (Pre-CM/ECF)
  Gainesville Pensacola Tallahassee Panama City
Bankruptcy 03-00001 03-40001 03-70001 03-20001
Adversary 03-90001 03-80001 03-90002 03-90003
Cases filed after November 10, 2003 (Implementation of CM/ECF)
Bankruptcy 03-10001 03-30001 03-40001 03-50001
Adversary 03-01001 03-03001 03-04001 03-05001
Miscellaneous 03-00101 03-00301 03-00401 03-00501











Each year on January 1 the case numbering starts over at one (1) and continues to increase numerically until the last case is opened for that calendar year (e.g., the last case filed in 2009 was 09-50884.  There were 884 bankruptcy cases filed in the Panama City division in 2009).


Requirement Regarding Voluminous Pleadings


If any pleading exceeds 50 pages, including attachments, the filer must supply a full, hardcopy courtesy copy to chambers upon its filing.



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