Follow the guidelines listed below when preparing and submitting proposed orders. If our office receives an Order that is not formatted as specified below, a member of the Judge's staff will attempt to contact you by phone or email to explain the problem. Please be aware that the Court may reject orders not submitted in proper format. If an attorney repeatedly submits improperly formatted orders, the Court will reject the orders.
Orders must be uploaded in PDF format.
• You MUST leave a 4 inch margin of blank space at the TOP of the first page of your proposed order. If the margin is less than 4 inches the proposed order will NOT be processed.
• The LAST LINE in the order must be "# # # End of Order # # #" centered in the middle of the page to indicate the order is completed.
• Signatures of each party entering into an agreed order should be represented with /s/ followed by the typed name of the party.
Example: /s/ Joe A. Attorney
• Please do not include a line for the judge's signature or a line for the date.
• All orders prepared by legal counsel shall indicate the name of the law firm, name of the attorney responsible for the order, mailing address and phone number for the firm and, if desired, the fax number and/or e-mail address. This information shall be included after the body of the order and after the ### End of Order #### on the left side.
• If the submitting party wishes to indicate to whom copies of the signed order should be sent, those parties names and addresses shall be included on the order, after the line containing the three (3) pound symbols.
• The fonts used with Adobe Acrobat must be Arial or Times New Roman (regular, bold, italic, bold italic, 12 pt). Other fonts will not process correctly through the courtâ€™s noticing center. Text color must be black. Pages must be numbered.
• Proposed orders should not contain any blank fields. Ensure that you include any actual continued hearing dates and/or objection deadlines in your order.
• Orders should not contain any active links, i.e. email addresses.
• When referencing your motion in the body of the order, ensure you are referring to the motion by title and by document number when possible.
• When opting to create your own order in lieu of using a Form Order provided by the court, ensure your order contains the specific and identical language contained within the court provided form order. For example, specific language within Form Orders BTXN 162 and BTXN 196 must be contained within your proposed order.
• Unless your order is urgent, you are not required to inform the court that you have uploaded a proposed order. Please allow adequate time for the entry of your order before contacting the Clerkâ€™s office to check the status of your order.
• Before inquiring as to the status of your order, please check PACER first. If the order has not been entered one week (7 calendar days) after
submission, send an email to the courtroom deputy indicating the case name, related document number, and the date the order was uploaded. We will reply with the status of the order.
• Proposed orders should be submitted after the objection period has expired (including 3 days for mailing) and a Certificate of No Objections has been filed. Proposed orders regarding motions requiring a hearing should be submitted after the hearing. If moving party believes the Court can act without a hearing or notice, an order should be submitted at the time the motion is filed. Agreed orders may be uploaded at any time.
• The Chapter 13 Trustee will submit orders on motions by debtor to reinstate case, confirmation orders, and modification orders. All other Chapter 13 orders should be submitted by the moving party after the pre-hearing conference and hearing, and must include the signature of the Chapter 13 Trustee.
Due to the volume of orders the Court processes daily, attorneys must follow the formatting guidelines for our orders program. If your office needs assistance formatting an Order, contact the ECF help desk at (800) 442-6850.
If our office receives an order that is improperly formatted, a member of the Judge's staff will attempt to contact you by phone or email to explain the problem. Please be aware that the court may reject orders not submitted in proper format. If an attorney repeatedly submits improperly formatted orders, the court will reject the orders.