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How to become an E-filer

Guidance for Admissions and E-Filing.  Click here (pdf)

Do you need an e-filing account?  Click here (pdf)
       - To view case dockets and documents across the country, you only need a PACER account.


 

  • All forms must be mailed to the Buffalo office of the Court. Email or fax will not be accepted.
  • Allow 7 to 10 days for processing

 

  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.

  • Attorneys employed by a Federal agency may skip this step.
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. Mail. There is no fee. The Court will mail your Certificate of Admission via U.S. Mail after receipt of the completed application. You may proceed to step 3 and 4 before receiving your Certificate of Admission.

  • Attorneys employed by a Federal agency may skip this step.
3.

Training Requirement: Submit the Request for Waiver of Training Requirement form (writeable pdf)  - - OR - -  Complete the 5 training modules listed below: 

* 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 (flash)

*Each training module has a Certificate of Completion, which must be printed and mailed to the Court via U.S. Mail. 

4.

Register for an e-filing account.

All paperwork from Steps 2 and 3 above must be mailed to the Court BEFORE registering for an e-filing account. Click here to register  | Instructions(pdf)

  • Attorneys employed by a Federal agency, when prompted: "What would you like to Apply/Register for?", select: Federal Attorney.

- - OR - -

  PRO HAC VICE  (Attorney Full Access to E-File)
1.

Register for an e‐filing account. Click here to register. | Instructions(pdf)

  • When prompted: "What would you like to Apply/Register for?", select: Pro Hac Vice.
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.

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.

- - OR - -

  NON-ATTORNEY E-FILING ACCOUNT  (Limited Access to E-File)
1. Training is NOT required.
2. You must be an Attorney, Creditor, Creditor's Authorized Agent or Personal Financial Management Course Provider.
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: Proofs of Claim, Reaffirmation Agreement, Creditor Request for Notice. 
5.  *Email Notifications (NEF's) ARE NOT available.
6.

DO NOT REGISTER for an e-filing account if you were an e-filer before our conversion to NextGen CM/ECF on June 24, 2019.  You must LINK (pdf) your PACER account with your existing e-filing account.  A new registration will be rejected.

 

If you have NEVER registered with this Court, you may register for an e‐filing account.   NOTE: To view case dockets and documents across the country, you only need a PACER account, not an e-filing account.    Click here to register.  | Instructions(pdf). 

  • Personal Financial Management Course Providers:  after registering, send an email to lisa_czaja@nywb.uscourts.gov.