How to become an E-filer

Attorneys may either:
  1. get admitted to have full access;
  2. apply for Pro Hac Vice status to have full access; or
  3. apply for a Limited Access E-filing account.

 


Requirements for an Attorney Full Access Electronic Filing Account:

Admission to Practice: (Attorney Full Access to e-file)

1.

Attorney must be admitted to the District Court for the Western District of New York.  Click here to go to the W.D.N.Y. District Court website.

2.

Attorney must be admitted to the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York. Click here for Admission to Practice form(pdf). The form must be mailed to the Court via U.S.P.S. There is no fee.

3.

Submit the Request for Waiver of Training Requirement form(pdf).  The form must be mailed to the Court via U.S.P.S.   - - OR - - Complete the training modules listed below with an asterisk *.  Each training module has a Certificate of Completion, which must be mailed to the Court.

 

* How to E-File an Amendment (flash)
* How to E-File a Motion in a Bankruptcy Case (flash)
* How to E-File a Reply, Response or Objection to a Motion (flash)
* How to E-File a New Bankruptcy Petition (flash)
* How to E-File a Complaint (logged in as an Attorney) (flash)

4.

Register for an e-filing account.  Click here to register.

- - OR - -

Pro Hac Vice: (Attorney Full Access to e-file)

1.

Register for an e‐filing account. Click here to register.  When asked for your Bar ID, enter: PHV

2.

Send an email to: lisa_czaja@nywb.uscourts.gov.  The email should state that you intend to be admitted to practice pro hac vice; and should contain the case number, if there is one.

3.

After receiving your e‐filing credentials, e‐file an Ex Parte Motion and Proposed Order to Appear Pro Hac Vice.  NOTE: the Court DOES NOT have a form template for the motion/order to Appear Pro Hac Vice. There is no fee.

 

Requirements for a Limited Access Electronic Filing Account:

1. Online Training and the Training Waiver form are NOT required.
2. You must be an Attorney, Creditor or a Creditor's Authorized Agent.
3. Debtors and individual creditors attempting to file on their own behalf MUST file in paper.  A Limited Access login will NOT be issued to unrepresented individuals.
4. Limited Access e-filing is limited to documents such as: Proof of Claims, Reaffirmation Agreements, Notice of Appearances.
5. Register for an e‐filing account. Click here to register.

 


Any one wishing to receive in-person training is encouraged to make arrangements with the Clerk's Office to do so. In Buffalo, call 716-362-3200; in Rochester, call 585-613-4200. In addition, you may request a login and password for our CM/ECF Training database where you can practice e-filing.  Below are additional training modules for your convenience.

Forms:

Guidelines for Admittance and E-Filing (pdf)

Attorney Admission to Practice Petition (pdf)

Request for Waiver of Training Requirement (pdf)