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Format for Electronic Filings

Electronically filed documents must meet the requirements of Fed.R.Bankr.P. 9004 (General Requirements of Form); Fed.R.Bankr.P. 9009 (Forms); Fed.R.Bankr.P. 9013 (Motions:  Form and Service); Fed.R.Bankr.P. 7003 (Commencement of Adversary Proceeding); and Local Rule B-5005-1 (Filing of Papers), as if they had been submitted on paper.  Documents filed electronically are also subject to any page limitations set forth by Court Order or Local Rule as applicable.

To facilitate document retrieval for users who are accessing the system, documents may not exceed an electronic file size of 35.0 megabytes (MB).  What is Too Big?  To electronically file a document or attachment that exceeds 35.0 MB, the document must first be broken down into two or more smaller files.  For example, if Exhibit A is a 36.0 MB PDF, it should be divided into two equal parts prior to electronic filing.  What about memoranda or briefs in support of a motion?

Any document filed should fit on an 8.5 x 11 inch page (if printed), single-sided, so as to not adversely impact the noticing process of the Bankruptcy Noticing Center.  All pleadings and other filings (including motions, briefs, and proposed orders) must be in PDF format.  The e-filer is responsible for reviewing all PDF documents for legibility before submission.

History of Changes

02/01/2011 - Added a pop-up to "What is too big?"  Made the paragraph concerning 'memoranda and briefs in support of a motion' into a pop-up.  Revised last paragraph for clarity.

07/01/2013 - Added direct links to Local Rule 5005-1 and 9013-1 in 'What about memoranda or briefs in support of a motion?'

02/06/2014 - Increase PDF file size from 5 MB to 10 MB.

04/11/2014 - Removed reference to a dial-up connection since the 5.0 MB requirement applies all users.

06/06/2017 - Change PDF size from 10MB to 35MB.