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Bankruptcy Case Opening

These instructions will guide you through the steps to open a bankruptcy case in CM/ECF.  In preparation, please review the required documents for filing a new Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or Chapter 11.  These instructions assume you have already accessed and logged into CM/ECF (see How to Access CM/ECF).

If you plan to access queries and reports, you will also need to have your PACER login and password available.  You will be prompted to enter your PACER login and password upon selecting one of these options.
 


E-FILING INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. [Bankruptcy]

  2. [Open a BK Case]

    NOTE:  The case number will be generated later in this process and will be displayed on the Notice of Electronic Filing.

  3.  The PARTY SEARCH screen displays.

    NOTE:  If the debtor has both a social security number and a tax identification number, only enter the social security number.

  1. If there are no matches, the system will return a No Person Found message.

  2.  The PARTY INFORMATION screen displays.

  3. The next screen indicates the case is being assigned to the District of Delaware.  Click [Next] to continue.

  4. The STATISTICAL DATA screen appears next.  

  5. SELECT A PDF DOCUMENT

  6. The next screen will display the amount of the FILING FEE.  Do not change the amount displayed unless you will be filing an Application to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments. If you intend to file an Application to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments, change the dollar amount to the amount of the first installment payment, which must an amount greater than zero. Upon completion of filing, you will be prompted to enter your credit card information for payment of this filing fee.  Click [Next] to continue.

  7. The MODIFY DOCKET TEXT screen appears.

  8. The FINAL TEXT EDITING screen displays

  9. The NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING screen displays.

  10. The NOTICE OF BANKRUPTCY CASE FILING


ADDITIONAL STEPS:


updated: 
March 23, 2006
October 15, 2004 to indicate that when paying in installments, an initial payment must be made (amount must be greater than zero).