This section of the manual shows the steps necessary to file an Answer/Response/Objection/Opposition in CM/ECF.
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 ‘Answer/Response.’
STEP 3: You will now be presented with two options:
1. ‘Reference an Existing Motion/Application,' click this option if you are responding to a pleading.
2. ‘Other Answers,' click this option if you are an alleged debtor filing an involuntary answer.
STEP 4: The Case Number Screen will appear, click in the text box and type the appropriate case number. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 5: Available Events Screen
On this screen you will be prompted to select your event. You can do this in two ways:
1. Click on the events menu arrows to scroll through the available options and choose the appropriate option, or
2. Click in the text box above the events menu and begin typing the ‘Objection,’ ‘Response, 'Reply' or ‘Opposition’ in the box. 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 6: 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 7: 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 8.
STEP 8: 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.’
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 9: PDF Upload Screen
- 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 50 MB per file. Click ‘Choose File’ to open the browse pop-up window.
Find your document in the browsing pop-up window.
Click on the document to select it.
NOTE: The NEF will display the name of the document, as it appears at this time. For example, a document that is saved as ‘Opposition5.pdf’ on your computer will be displayed in the NEF as ‘Opposition5.’ Please label documents in an appropriate way so as to protect a client’s privacy/etc.
Click ‘Open’ to select the document.
If you have additional documents you would like to attach, click the ‘Yes’ radio button located directly below the ‘Choose File’ button. Click ‘Next’ to continue. Go to STEP 10.
If you are not attaching any documents, click ‘Next’ to continue. Go to STEP 11.
STEP 10: Attached Files Upload Screen
If you selected ‘Yes’ to attachments, you will now be prompted to upload the additional file(s) you wish to attach to your response.
Click the ‘Choose File’ button to open the browse pop-up window.
Find your additional file in the browsing pop-up window.
Click on the additional file to select it.
Click ‘Open’ to upload the additional file.
You must now select a Category and/or type a Description of the additional file. You may complete one field or both fields. HOWEVER, you cannot leave both fields blank.
Category: Click the ‘Category’ drop down arrow to reveal the list of options. Select the appropriate category for the additional file.
Description: Click in the ‘Description’ text box and type a description of the additional file.
Click the ‘Add to List’ button once you have completed the Category and/or Description fields.
Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 11: The Select Category Screen will appear, select the event for which your response relates. 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 may also narrow your search by clicking in the ‘Documents Number’ text box and enter a document number range.
Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 12: The Appropriate Event Checklist Screen now appears. Select the appropriate pleading. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
STEP 13: 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 14: The final docket text will appear. Verify that it is correct and click 'Next' to continue.
STEP 15: 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.