B-5005-1. FILING OF DOCUMENTS: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

(a)   Method of Filing

Except as provided by S.D. Ind. B-5005-4 and the Electronic Case Filing Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (available on the Court’s website), all attorneys, and any other entity that filed more than ten (10) documents on paper in the previous calendar year, are required to file electronically.  All other parties may file documents on paper.

(b)   Form

All petitions, pleadings, and other documents submitted for filing shall meet the following requirements of form:

(1)     Legibility

Documents shall be plainly and legibly typewritten, printed, or reproduced on one side of the paper only.

(2)     Caption: Official Forms

The caption and form of all petitions, pleadings, schedules, and other documents shall be in substantial compliance with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Official Forms, or local rules for the Southern District of Indiana. Each document or set of documents filed shall bear the name of the Debtor and chapter of the case. Each document other than the original petition shall also have the case number.

(3)     Signature

Every pleading, whether filed electronically or on paper, shall be signed. Any pleading lacking a signature shall be stricken from the record, if not corrected after notice to the filer.

(c)   Filing Non-Electronically

(1)     Over the Counter

A party filing a document over the counter shall provide a signed original and a copy (or two originals). The file-marked original will be returned to the filer, and shall be retained by the filer as required by the Court’s Electronic Case Filing Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual available on the Court’s website.

(2)     Proof of Identification for Initial Pleadings

A pro se party filing a voluntary petition, an involuntary petition, or an adversary proceeding over the counter must appear in person and shall be required to provide a valid photo driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification before the petition or complaint will be accepted for filing.  For pro se joint cases filed under 11 U.S.C. §302, only one spouse need be present.  An exception may be granted if the Debtor, creditor, or plaintiff has executed a power of attorney, and the holder of the power of attorney has presented that document and sufficient identification.  

(3)     By Mail

For documents submitted by mail, the filer shall provide a signed original, a copy (or two originals), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. A file-marked original will be returned to the filer and shall be retained by the filer as required by the Electronic Case Filing Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, available on the Court’s website.

(4)     Failure to Provide Copy or Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope

A party who fails to provide a copy (or second original) or a self-addressed, stamped envelope for pleadings submitted by mail shall be presumed to have retained an original as required by the Electronic Case Filing Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (available on the Court’s website). The Clerk shall not return the original to the filer. Documents that are not returned to the filer will be discarded by the Clerk after scanning.