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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is excerpting of exhibits?

    When filing documents that reference exhibits not prepared in electronically produced text, you must scan and electronically file only excerpts of the exhibits that are directly germane to the matter under consideration by the court. In no event shall an exhibit be more than 20 pages. The exhibits must be clearly and prominently identified as excerpts, shall state that the entire document is available to the filing party, and the complete exhibit must be sent to the court (and must be available in the courtroom at any hearing pertaining to the matter).

  • Will I receive a paper copy of all court generated notices?

    No, ECF participants will only receive a paper copy of the first meeting of creditors notice. Click here for further court noticing details.

  • Must I provide Chambers’ copy of each filing?

    Each judge has his/her rules on Chambers’ copy. To find out what they are, log on to the Court’s Internet > Information for Judges tab > select the judge assigned > Judges’ Procedures > Chambers’ copy. Do not send Chambers’ copy to the Court if the judge assigned to the case does not require it.

  • What is the rule on service of other documents?

    All documents required to be served shall be served in paper form in the manner mandated by the applicable law and rules, however, whenever service is required to be made on a person who has requested, or is deemed to have requested, electronic notice in accordance with FRBP 9036, the service may be made by serving the "Notice of Electronic Filing" generated by the System by hand, facsimile, e-mail or overnight mail. See the ECF General Order, Section II (B) for more specific requirements.

  • What is the rule on service of copies of the petition?

    Pursuant to the court's General Order on Revised Electronic Filing Procedures, upon commencement of a case, counsel for the debtor is required to serve a copy of the petition, schedules and statement of affairs upon the United States Trustee, all applicable governmental agencies and the trustee assigned to the case, where applicable. To avoid delays in case processing, it is imperative that the required service be made on a timely basis. The United States Trustee has requested that copies of petitions be served no later than three business days from the date a case is assigned to a judge. Location where petitions should be served.

  • How do I sign a document if I file electronically?

    When filing electronically or on disk, use the mark s/[attorney name] in place of the actual signature. Please ensure that your filings contain proper signatures. The signature line should appear as follows: s/John Smith John Smith

  • Are there software programs that enable filers to create petitions?

    Following is a list of bankruptcy software providers (alphabetical by product name). A number of vendors have implemented changes to their programs which allow you to automatically file bankruptcy cases without having to navigate the ECF screens. It is performed with the push of one button. Filers who have used this feature report a huge savings in the time it takes to file cases. Please note that by making this information available, the court is not endorsing or recommending any product.

    Click Here to View Bankruptcy Software Provider List

  • How is the list of creditors submitted?

    When filing over the Internet and not using automatic case upload software, attorneys must proceed to the Creditor Maintenance category to upload creditors in [.txt] format after opening a bankruptcy case.

  • What should I do if I want to file multiple cases?

    Please be aware that if you are filing multiple cases electronically, you may not get consecutive case numbers, since other parties may be filing cases simultaneously into the system. Your best opportunity to receive consecutive case numbers is to file before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m., when activity is limited.

  • What should I do if the ECF system is not available?

    If you are trying to access ECF and cannot get in, please contact our ECF HelpDesk immediately to report the problem. It is important to note the date, exact time of the day and nature of the problem. The clerk's office maintains a log of ECF downtime. Deeming the filing of a document or paper to be timely under such circumstances will be a judicial function of the court. If you wish, you may file the document with the court on disk.

  • How do I select events/reliefs when filing a multi-relief motion?

    Use the control key and the mouse to select all applicable forms of relief from the Available Events list in CM/ECF. The system then processes each of the motion parts, one at a time, leading the filer through the steps necessary to complete each part.

  • If I file electronically, what are my responsibilities regarding the original document?

    Filers must maintain the original document for two years after the entry of a final order terminating the case or proceeding to which the document relates.

  • Is there a limit to the size of a document that can be filed?

    The limit is 4 megabytes (4000k). If you have a document larger than 4 megabytes, you will not be able to upload that document to the system. You must separate the document into files that are no greater than 4 megabytes. The file size limit applies to each document or attachment, not to all of the documents combined in one filing.

  • Will docket entries be identified as to who entered them?

    Yes, all attorney entries are identified by the name of the person that logged in and submitted the entry. At the end of each attorney entry, the filer will be listed as (last name, first name).  

  • Is there any way for pro se filers or attorneys without Internet access to file documents?

    Yes. An attorney with a computer (Windows or Macintosh) that can save documents in PDF (portable document format) can save the documents on a computer diskette or CD-Rom and file either with the court. The system also can accept paper filings from pro se filers. In such instances, the court would convert the paper to electronic format by scanning, and then add the scanned image into the ECF system. The court does not accept paper filings from attorneys in any ECF case.

  • What’s the difference between an ECF case and a non-ECF case?

    ECF became the primary method for filing documents with the court in Chapter 11 cases and associated adversary proceedings commenced as of April 1, 2002, and for all other cases and associated proceedings commenced as of January 1, 2003. The first ECF Chapter 11 case in Central Islip was case no. 02-82151; in Brooklyn, the first ECF Chapter 11 case was case no. 02-14048. All cases prior to these dates require documents to be filed on paper.

  • How do you obtain a Discharge in an Individual Chapter 11 Case?

    Effective immediately, an individual seeking a discharge in a Chapter 11 case is required to file an application for a discharge with a certification that all payments have been made in accordance with the confirmed Chapter 11 plan. Notice of the application shall be served on all creditors and the United States Trustee.

    Obtaining a Discharge in Individual Chapter 11 Cases

  • Does the court have a HelpDesk?

    Yes, telephone access is available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Calls may be directed to either the Central Islip or Brooklyn office. The number in Central Islip is (631) 712-6200, and press six. The number in Brooklyn is 347-394-1700, and press 6.

  • How do I update my account information in CM/ECF?

    Account holders must keep their profile in CM/ECF current. To update your account information, access the ECF system with your ECF login and password. Go to the Utilities menu and click on Maintain Your ECF Account. For example, to update your email address(es), select Email Information. Enter your new email address(es). Select Return to Account Screen. Select Submit until you receive an acknowledgment of the update. Please note: Your email account must be configured correctly and have enough space available to accept emails sent by the Court. The Court cannot respond to automated spam blocking requests for validation of our email address(es). Notice of Electronic Filing and other Court generated emails returned to the Court may result in the disabling of your ECF privileges.

  • Can an attorney authorize someone else to use their login/password to file documents?

    Yes, but only within the same law firm. The court recommends that access to the login and password be very limited. An attorney accepts full responsibility for all work generated on the system utilizing his/her login and password. Please be aware of one exception: The name of the debtors attorney must match the login and password of the electronic filer of a petition.