This event is programmed in CM/ECF to automatically transmit statistical information to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts pursuant to statutory mandates of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA).  Please be sure this is the most appropriate event for the pleading you are filing. 


See also, Local Recommended Forms and Orders gray_right.gif Order Reopening Case 


For instructions on filing a Motion to Reopen in an adversary case, click here.



STEP 1          Click on Bankruptcy


STEP 2          Click on Motions/Applications


STEP 3          Enter case number; click [NEXT]


STEP 4          Select Reopen Chapter 11 (fee), Chapter 12 (fee), Chapter 13 (fee), Chapter 15 (fee) Chapter 7(fee) or Chapter 9 (fee).


STEP 5          If this is a joint filing, place a check in the box and click [NEXT].  If this is not a joint filing, click [NEXT] to skip this screen.


STEP 6          Select the Party or click  Add/Create New Party


TIP - If you selected Add/Create New Party, a Search screen and a Party Information screen will follow.  You MUST select a Role Type from the drop down menu on the Party Information screen.


TIP - If this is the first time you are appearing on behalf of this party, you will be asked to place a check in the box to create an association.  Failure to place a check in the box results in the e:filer NOT receiving Notices of Electronic Filing in this case.


STEP 7a       Enter Reason for Reopening in variable box;


STEP 7b       A Hearing Information screen display.    Use the Click Here link to find the judge's hearing dates.  Enter a date, time and location; click [NEXT]


STEP 8         Upload the .pdf document; click [NEXT]


TIP - Supporting documents such as a Certificate of Service or a Proposed Order should be uploaded as an attachment to the main pleading.


STEP 9          Confirm case information; click [NEXT]


STEP 10        Docket text displays.  Review for accuracy.  If modification is necessary, abort the transaction and begin again.  Modifications cannot be made on this screen.




Motion to Reopen Case re [free text].  Fee Amount [ ].  Filed by Test Attorney on behalf of Test Client.  Hearing Scheduled for [date, time, location]. (test atty)


STEP 11       A Summary of Current Charges screen displays.  (If you do not see this screen, it is likely blocked by your pop-up blocker program and you must take the appropriate steps to allow this pop-up).  Select Pay Now or Continue Filing.  Do not close this screen by simply clicking the X in the upper right corner.


1.  If you select Pay Now, be sure to print for your records the payment confirmation screen which contains a receipt number for this transaction.


2.  If you select Continue Filing, please note that it is the court's policy that fees be paid at the time of the filing.  Failure to pay the fee will result in an e:mail reminder that the fee is due.  If the fee remains unpaid for 3 days, you will be locked out of the CM/ECF system.  The only option available to you during lock out is Internet Payments Due.  Once the fee is paid, your e:filing privileges will be restored.


STEP 12         Notice of Electronic Filing displays.