This section demonstrates the steps necessary to file a Notice of Hearing in CM/ECF.
For a detailed step by step process, begin with the Notice of Hearing Training Module and then view Steps 1 – 14 of this manual.
NOTE: If you are in need of a Lift Stay hearing date, please click here. Should you need a hearing date for any other matter, please contact the clerk's office at (202) 354-3280.
STEP 1: Click on the ‘Bankruptcy’ link at the top of the CM/ECF menu bar.
STEP 2: The ‘Bankruptcy Events’ menu displays, click on ‘Notices’
STEP 3: The Case Number Screen will appear, click in the text box and type the appropriate case number. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 4: Available Events Screen
On this screen you will be prompted to select your event. You can do this in two ways:
Click on the events menu arrows to scroll through the available options and click on ‘Hearing.’ Click ‘Next’ to continue, or click in the text box above the events menu and begin typing 'hearing' in the box. This narrows the menu options. Once 'hearing' is visible in the event list, highlight it by clicking on it within the events menu. You can select more than one event by holding down the control key and clicking on multiple events. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
NOTE: Any event you select will show up in the 'Selected Events' window to the right. Also, click on an event within this 'Selected Events' window to remove it.
STEP 5: Joint Filing Screen
In this window, you are prompted to indicate whether this is a joint filing or not. If this is a joint filing, click in the checkbox available and then click ‘Next’ to continue. If this is not a joint filing, click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 6: Select the Party Screen
Scroll through the list of parties. If your party is found, highlight the name by clicking on it. Click ‘Next’ to continue. Go to STEP 9.
If the name of your party is not found, click ‘Create New Party.’ Go to STEP 7.
STEP 7: New Party Information Screen
Enter the information for the party by clicking in each text box and typing the appropriate information. Please include the party's:
Mailing Address (Start with Address Line 1)
E-mail (If available)
Role (debtor, creditor, etc.)
Party Text (If necessary)
Corporate/Parent Affiliate: If the party has a corporate or parent affiliate, click the ‘Corporate/Parent Affiliate’ button. Type in the party’s corporate or parent business name and click ‘Submit.’
NOTE: A pop-up window will appear notifying you of each section that has not been filled in or completed. Click ‘Okay’ to continue.
STEP 8: Additional screens may appear at this time. If this occurs, click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 9: The Party Selection Screen will appear with your party already highlighted. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 10: PDF Upload Screen
On this screen, you will be uploading your Notice of Hearing to the CM/ECF database.
- CM/ECF only accepts documents saved as PDFs. For information on converting Word or WordPerfect files to PDF, visit Technical Tips.
- CM/ECF can support up to 5 MB per file.Click ‘Browse’ to open the browse pop-up window. Click ‘Browse’ to open the browse pop-up window.
Find your document in the browsing pop-up window.
Click on the document to select it.
Click ‘Open’ to select the document.
Click the ‘No’ attachments radio button.
Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 11: The Hearing Date Screen will appear. Click and enter the hearing information in the text box, in the method stated on the screen. Please do not select a random date for a hearing. Contact the clerk's office for hearing date information.Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 12: Select Category Screen
Select the appropriate category from the menu. If you are unsure which category is appropriate, you make click within the menu, hold your mouse down, and scroll to the end of the menu. This function selects all the possible categories, allowing you to see every document available.
You can also narrow your search by clicking in the ‘File Date’ text box, and using the calendar to choose a date range.
You many also narrow your search by clicking in the ‘Documents Number’ text box and enter a document number range.
Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 13: The Appropriate Event Checklist will appear, select the event from the checklist by clicking within the checkbox on the left-hand side. NOTE: The dates on the left-hand side denote the date the document was filed. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 14: Enhance Docket Text Screen
You will now have the opportunity to enhance the docket text. To enhance the text, click on the drop down arrow to view the available options. If appropriate, click on an option to select it.
You may also enhance the text by clicking on the text box and typing any additional information.
Click 'Next' to continue.
STEP 15: The final docket text will appear. Verify that it is correct and click 'Next' to continue.
STEP 16: Notice of Electronic Filing Screen
At this time, the Notice of Electronic Filing Screen with the docket entry number of your filing will be displayed. This is the confirmation that your document has been filed. Print out for your records if you desire.