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What is the procedure for filing a sealed document?
If you have a document that you wish to be placed under seal, you may file the appropriate motion to seal before the document is actually filed with the court. You would access our CM/ECF system, select Bankruptcy > Motions/Applications > In Camera. You will attach your motion which should explain why you are requesting this document be placed under seal. You will deliver the document you wish to be sealed to the appropriate judge along with a copy of the filed motion. This will need to be marked "Private and Confidential". The motion will be set for hearing. Following the hearing, the judge will enter an order. If the order grants your motion, then the judge will deliver the document to be placed under seal to the Division Supervisor. The Court will then follow the appropriate procedures for sealing the document.
How can I ensure that I attached the correct pdf when I am filing a document?
When you select Browse to locate your file, highlight the filename, right click, and select "open" to open the pdf file. This is your chance to view the document and make sure it is the correct pdf before you attach it.
What happens if a document is filed in error?
Most errors will be immediately transmitted through the real time electronic notices and access to the docket report. Deletions of entries to the docket or associated pdf documents are very rare, if ever. CM/ECF allows Court personnel to edit errors made in the docket entry. Besides making the appropriate corrections, the Court may ask participants to submit amended pleadings or a corrective entry. Instances that affect calendar entries and noticing will need to be redocketed.
What should an attorney do if the documents they are filing are not listed in the pick list?
Try the Search feature in CM/ECF. Click Search and type in a key phrase. If you still cannot find the correct event to use, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
How is the requirement of an original signature (attorney and/or debtor) handled for CM/ECF cases?
There are two distinct issues: attorney signatures and debtor signatures. When registering to use the system, attorneys sign an agreement that use of their login name and password (whether by themselves personally or by delegation to another person in their office) constitutes their signature on the documents electronically filed. For documents that must be signed by the debtor (such as petitions, lists, schedules, statements, etc.), originally executed paper copies must be kept by the debtor's attorney for four years after the closing of the case. The electronically filed documents indicate a signature, e.g., /s/Jane Doe. For more information on this topic, see the Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, Retaining, and Verfication of Pleadings and Papers in the Case Management/ Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) System.
My email address has changed. How do I change it in the system?
You may make this modification in ECF by going to the Utilities Menu > Maintain Your ECF Account . Select the "Email Information Button." After making the modifications on that screen, select the "Return to Account Screen" button, then select the "Submit" button. Continue following through the screens to update any cases as necessary. At this point, the modifications will be incorporated into your Person Record.
I have just been issued a User ID and password from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama, but I cannot log into the system.
Make sure you are logging into our Live CM/ECF system (https://ecf.alnb.uscourts.gov). Try copying and pasting the password that was emailed to you to avoid any typographical errors. If you continue to have problems, email us at email@example.com. Also, if you are already logged in and the system is asking you for your PACER login, you will need to supply your PACER ID and password. If you do not have a PACER ID, you may contact the Pacer Service Center (http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov).
Why must attorneys submit the Chapter 13 Plan as a separate event?
The Chapter 13 Plan must be submitted separately in order for a confirmation hearing date to be listed on the 341 notice. The Court also mails the Chapter 13 Plan to all parties in the case through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC).
Are signatures required on claims filed?
No, the electronic signature "/s/Jane Doe" will constitute the filing signature.
Why must attorneys submit the B121 Form-Statement of Social Security Number as a separate event?
To comply with FRBP Rule 1007(f), the debtor(s) must submit Form B121 stating under penalty of perjury their full social security numbers. This form is for Court use only and cannot be viewed by the public. The Court requires that this form be printed, signed by the debtor(s), scanned as a PDF file, and associated with the "Private" entry "Social Security-Form B121."