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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 the Pensacola office)*.  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).


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