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Electronic Filing (CM/ECF Live)


Use this link 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.  Electronic filing is not available to self-represented debtors. Please review the court’s Electronic Filing Policy for Self-Represented Debtors  to learn how to view documents online and receive electronic copies of notices and orders entered by the court.     

Access CM/ECF

(It is recommended that CM/ECF users obtain a PACER account in order to view case and docket information.)
 

 

File a Proof of or Claim Attachments


Creditors may file an electronic Proof of Claim, amend a claim, or file claim attachments pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3002(c)(7)(B) without logging into or being required to have a login and password for CM/ECF. Attach supporting documentation to your claim by selecting button at the bottom of the claim form screen.

File a Proof of Claim or an Amended Proof of Claim

File Attachments to a Proof of Claim

 

File a Financial Management Course Certificate (Providers Only)


Approved debtor education providers of a course in personal financial management may notify the court directly using a program called eFinCert when a debtor has completed a post-petition instructional course. See Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(7). Certificates may be filed and attached without logging into or being required to have a login and password for CM/ECF. Attach the certificate(s) by selecting the radio button(s) on the screen.

Access eFinCert 
 

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 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 by a faxed A1 Credit Card One Time Authorization form,  personal check, cashier’s check, or money order for the total amount of the request. Cash is also accepted at the Tallahassee and Pensacola Intake counters (exact change only). A debtor requesting copies who also has an open case must pay by mail using a money order or a cashier’s check. Cash (exact change) is also accepted at the courthouse. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted from debtors with open cases. 

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)


Use this link to 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. 

Access the CM/ECF Training Database

 

Administrative Procedures Regarding Electronic Case Filing


Use this link to review the 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.

Access the Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, and Verifying Pleadings and Papers by Electronic Means
 
 

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.

Access the CM/ECF Registration System 

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 to submit.

Filing Agent for Attorney? - Complete and submit Local Form A6 Application for Filing Agent Account(s)
Child Support Creditor? - Complete and submit Local Form A7  Application for Login and Password for Child Support Creditor or Representative

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


Attorney with active CM/ECF logins in two or more Florida Bankruptcy Courts (FLMB, FLNB, and FLSB) who wish to reduce the number of logins and passwords they need to retain in order to electronically file may apply for a universal CM/ECF login for all of Florida's districts.

Access the Request for Universal CM/ECF Login Form 

 

CM/ECF Password Reset Request


Access the CM/ECF Password Recovery form

 

CM/ECF Training


Training may be completed online or at the Clerk’s Office located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Request Training

 

CM/ECF Guide for Attorneys


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

Access the CM/ECF for Attorneys Guide

 

How to Submit Proposed Orders


Proposed orders are to be submitted to the court electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text (.rtf) format. Attachments to proposed orders may be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF). Submissions may be made via a link in CM/ECF or through the ECF Central application for CM/ECF. Due to software constraints, multiple proposed orders must be submitted separately.  Proposed orders should 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. 

Proposed Order Guidelines – Contains document formatting requirements.

Submitting Proposed Orders – Contains technical information about proposed order submissions.

 

Pro Hac Vice


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.

Access the Pro Hac Vice Information Page

 

Case Numbering


The case numbering format used by the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court was impacted by the implementation of CM/ECF on November 11, 2003 as explained below. See the table at the end of this section for full case number examples.

Bankruptcy Cases filed before November 11, 2003:

  • 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. 
    • Gainesville = 0
    • Pensacola = 4
    • Tallahassee = 7
    • Panama City = 2
  • 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).
     

Adversary Cases filed before November 11, 2003):

  • 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. 
    • Pensacola = 8 (includes cases assigned to the Pensacola Division)
    • Tallahassee = 9 (includes cases assigned to the Tallahassee, Gainesville and Panama City divisions)
  • 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).

 
Bankruptcy and Adversary Cases filed after November 10, 2003:

  • 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 digits after the dash reflect the division in which the case was filed and the case type, i.e., adversary proceeding, miscellaneous proceeding, or bankruptcy.  The divisional codes for all case types are as follows:

    Gainesville = 1                  Pensacola = 3              Tallahassee = 4                       Panama City = 5

    The second half of the case number (after the dash) that begins with:

    • a divisional code number denotes a bankruptcy case;
    • one zero after the dash denotes an adversary proceeding; and  
    • two zeroes after the dash denotes a miscellaneous proceeding.

 

Each year on January 1 the numeric sequence portion of the case number 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).

 

Examples of pre- and post-CM/ECF implementation case number formats appear in the table 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

 

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.