- What is the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC)?
- What is Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN)?
- Can I use EBN to serve my own case documents?
- Why should I receive notices and orders from the Court electronically?
- Where do I sign up to receive notices and orders from the Court through EBN?
- Who must register to receive notices and orders from the Court through EBN?
- Under what authority are "high-volume paper recipients" defined by the Judiciary?
- Will the BNC automatically contact high-volume paper recipients?
- What happens if a high-volume recipient fails to register for EBN within 45 days of notification from the BNC?
What is the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC)?
The BNC is the entity that serves notices and orders entered by U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Visit the BNC website for more information.
EBN is an electronic noticing system managed by the BNC that allows entities to receive court-produced notices and orders electronically instead of in paper. Visit the BNC website for more information and to register.
No. The Bankruptcy Noticing Center and EBN system may only be used by courts to serve court-produced notices and orders.
Why should I receive notices and orders from the Court electronically?
It is free, and email notification is much faster than service by regular U.S. Mail. Visit the BNC’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Where do I sign up to receive notices and orders from the Court through EBN?
Visit the BNC’s registration page.
All high-volume paper recipients (currently defined as any entity that receives 100 or more paper bankruptcy notices in a single calendar month) must register for EBN. This threshold number is subject to annual review and may be revised.
Effective December 1, 2021, the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (“AO”) has designated any entity that receives 100 or more paper bankruptcy notices in a single calendar month as a high-volume paper notice recipient pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9036(b)(2)(B) (as amended effective December 1, 2021) (the “Rule”). The threshold number of paper notices that will cause a notice recipient to be designated as a high-volume paper notice recipient pursuant to the Rule will be reviewed annually and may be adjusted once a year effective on December 1st of each year.
Yes. If the recipient has met the threshold for mandatory EBN participation pursuant to Rule 9036(b)(2)(B), the BNC will send a notice instructing the recipient to register for EBN within 45 days. The recipient must be ready to accept EBN noticing for its paper notices to the name/address that met the threshold within 135 days of the date of the notice. There will be a 30-day redundant period where the recipient will receive both paper and electronic notices, after which EBN will be the recipient’s sole means of receiving notices from the BNC.
If the 45-day period has expired and the recipient has not registered for EBN, the BNC will generate a second notice advising that 60 days from the date of the second notice, if the recipient has not registered for EBN, paper noticing for the name/address that met the “high-volume recipient” threshold will be automatically replaced by an electronic address, designated by the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts pursuant to the Rule, where the recipient can retrieve its notices. This electronic address will be the recipient’s sole means of receiving notices from the BNC. The recipient may still register for EBN at any time. The BNC will include instructions for doing so in the notice.