The Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) initiative began in 1996 as an effort to expedite the development and implementation of new case management systems with electronic case files capabilities for use throughout the federal judiciary. The CM/ECF system has replaced the former case management system BANCAP.   Click here for information on public access to case information and access to case files.

CM/ECF's most innovative feature is that it permits authorized persons to file documents electronically from any computer having Internet access at almost any time without filing paper in the Clerk's Office.  The process of electronic filing creates docket and claims register entries, and a document filed electronically is immediately accessible over the Internet.  Attorneys appearing in this Court and creditors that file at least 50 proofs of claims here annually are strongly encouraged to become CM/ECF participants. 

Georgia Northern Bankruptcy Court began using CM/ECF as a prototype Court back in 1999 as its docketing software for all cases.  Documents in all cases filed on or after January 1, 2002 may be viewed on line through PACER.  In many cases filed in 2000 and 2001 and in a handful of cases filed in 1999, case documents are available on-line.  Click here for a table showing the ranges of case numbers for cases having paper files and having electronic files.

Click here for a test page that will check to see if your browser is setup to work properly with CM/ECF.

CM/ECF Reference Materials

CM/ECF User Guide (Large pdf)


CM/ECF related Rules
Fed. R. Bank. P. 5005(a)(2). Filing by Electronic Means. A court may by local rule permit documents to be filed, signed, or verified by electronic means that are consistent with technical standards, if any, that the Judicial Conference of the United States establishes. A document filed by electronic means in compliance with a local rule constitutes a written paper for the purpose of applying these rules, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure made applicable by these rules, and § 107 of the Code.
Fed. R. Bank. P. 9036. Notice by Electronic Transmission. Whenever the clerk or some other person as directed by the court is required to send notice by mail and the entity entitled to receive the notice requests in writing that, instead of notice by mail, all or part of the information required to be contained in the notice be sent by a specified type of electronic transmission, the court may direct the clerk or other person to send the information by such electronic transmission. Notice by electronic transmission is complete, and the sender shall have fully complied with the requirement of notice, when the sender obtains electronic confirmation that the transmission has been received.

Bankruptcy Local Rule 5005-5. Electronic Filing. The Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court may accept for filing documents submitted, signed, verified or served by electronic means that are consistent with technical standards, if any, that the Judicial Conference of the United States establishes and that comply with the administrative procedures established by the Bankruptcy Court.