CM/ECF is a case management program that allows attorneys to file petitions and other documents electronically with the Bankruptcy Court through the Internet by using a standard web browser. This results in an electronic "case file." Therefore, case information, including dockets and documents, is available for examination electronically via the Internet from any location, such as an office, home, or even the library. CM/ECF has replaced the Court's current case management system and has become the primary method for docketing and filing documents with the Court. The implementation date for CM/ECF at the Nebraska Bankruptcy Court was January 2002.
The Department of Treasury, through its Financial Management Service (FMS), has established a mechanism to enable federal agencies to accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, Carte Blanche) for the collection of fees due to the government. This Court elected to participate in this program, which enables the Court to collect fees in the most expeditious manner for documents filed both electronically and conventionally.
The CM/ECF system will provide immediate email notices to all attorneys involved in a case whenever a document is filed. To receive electronic notice of filings, attorneys must register to file electronically and must have the email noticing feature of their Court account activated. To register for electronic notice, the Electronic Case Filing System Attorney Registration Form must be submitted to the Clerk's Office. The Form is located on this page in the Attorney Registration section.
Public Access / PACER
The CM/ECF system allows the Court to accept documents filed electronically over the Internet 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with the exception of required maintenance periods. While electronic filing is not the only means of having documents entered into the CM/ECF system, it is the preferred method, and will be strongly encouraged by the Court.
Consistent with congressional requirements, access to view full case information, including the docket and all filed documents is available via the Internet through the federal court's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at
Registration for new users, billing, and technical support can be obtained from the PACER Service Center's website at:
PACER fees are $.10 per page with a maximun of $3.00, the equivalent of 30 pages, for electronic access to any single document (NOTE: attachments are treated as separate documents). CM/ECF registered attorneys will be able to obtain one free electronic copy of the documents in his/her own case.
A traditional dial up system which displays case information and docket sheets is available by calling (800) 788-0656 or (402) 661-7450. A computer with a modem is required to access the system and an account needs to be established with the PACER Service Center.
For more information, contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6875 or Cheri Sorensen with the Nebraska Bankruptcy Court at (402) 661-7465.
In order to file documents electronically and to receive email notices of documents that are filed, attorneys must be admitted to practice before the Court and must be registered to file electronically. Registered users will be trained and certified. After registration and training, attorneys will be provided with an identification name and password that will allow access to the system. The identification name and password will also serve as the attorney's signature for Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 purposes on all documents that are filed electronically.
Any attorney desiring to file pleadings or other papers electronically, must complete and sign an Attorney Registration Form which is available at the Clerk's office and this web page at the link listed below: