Can a debtor without attorney representation file bankruptcy and where can the forms be obtained?
Yes. A debtor may file for bankruptcy without attorney representation (known as filing pro se).
The Court has prepared several useful resources for pro se filers on our website under the Filing Resources tab.
Please remember that neither the Court nor the Clerk’s Office can provide legal advice of any kind.
Will the court accept personal checks from a debtor?
Personal checks, two-party checks and postdated checks will not be accepted from a debtor.
The court will only accept cash (exact change only), money orders, and cashier’s checks from debtors.
Is there a fee required to file for bankruptcy?
Yes, a filing fee is required to file a bankruptcy petition. The fees are different for each chapter, and current fees are available at the Court’s website. Go to www.txnb.uscourts.gov, then click on the Filing Resources tab. Select Fee Schedule to review fee information.
I lost my ECF login. How can I get my login and password again?
If you have misplaced your login and password, please send an email to the help desk requesting the information. The request must come from the owner of the login and password.
Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your circuit have a Bankruptcy Appellate Panel?
Our circuit does not have a Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Please see the 8000 series of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules and Local Bankruptcy Rules for more information.
Is there an online training that I can take for ECF registration?
We currently do not offer online training that can be substituted for the in-person training class that is required before access to the CM/ECF system is given.
Our email was down yesterday, and we missed any electronic filing notices that were sent out. Can you resend them?
We do not have the capability to resend the automatic email notifications that are sent on cases in which you are involved. To prevent this problem from reoccurring, add a secondary email address to your ECF account with an ISP provider other than your primary provider (for example, an internet-based email domain). This will allow you to continue to receive electronic notices while the primary email address is being restored.
Can I use the ECF Training site at anytime?
Yes you can. The ECF Training site is available to you at anytime and will not be deactivated for inactivity.
I am no longer involved in an adversary case as an attorney, but I continue to receive electronic notices for the main case. How do I make them stop?
ECF gives you the option to receive electronic notices for adversary cases only and not their respective lead cases.
Log into ECF. Under the Utilities menu select Maintain Your ECF Account. When the main screen appears, click the Email Information button located at the bottom of the screen. Halfway down the page you will see a section related to noticing for adversary proceedings. Select the second radio that reads Send notices for adversary proceedings in which I am directly involved but not for their related bankruptcy cases and click Return to Account Screen. The final step is to click Submit in order for the system to accept your changes and a second Submit button will complete the update.
PDF documents are not showing the Case Number, Document Number or the Date Stamps.
To show the Headers on PDF documents filed in PACER, input the case number and Run Query.
Click Docket Report>Document options>Check Include headers when displaying PDF documents>Run Report