BLR 5005-5. Electronic Filing.

(a) Authorization of Electronic Filing. The Bankruptcy Clerk shall accept documents for filing by electronic means in accordance with these Rules and with the Electronic Case Filing Procedures established pursuant to BLR 5005-5(b).

(b) Electronic Case Filing Procedures. The Bankruptcy Court shall from time to time establish “Electronic Case Filing Procedures,” which shall be administrative procedures, consistent with technical standards, if any, that the Judicial Conference of the United States establishes, for the electronic case filing and docketing system used by the Bankruptcy Court. The administrative procedures shall include procedures, rules, and regulations concerning, among other things: (1) the registration of attorneys, trustees, examiners, the United States Trustee, and other persons as permitted by the Bankruptcy Court, to permit such registered persons to file documents electronically, to pay required filing fees in connection therewith, and to have electronic access to the electronic docket and to electronically filed documents and to pay fees in connection therewith; (2) safeguarding the integrity of the Bankruptcy Court’s docket and filed documents; (3) creation and maintenance of a secure mechanism for the creation and distribution of passwords to registered users so as to permit identification of persons filing documents electronically; and (4) establishment of procedures to provide for the functional equivalent of signatures of attorneys and other persons on electronically filed documents. Any fees collected pursuant to the Electronic Case Filing Procedures shall be consistent with the fee structure adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1913, 1914, 1926 and 1930, and any other applicable law. The Electronic Case Filing Procedures shall be available from the Bankruptcy Clerk and on the Bankruptcy Court’s website.

(c) Use of Passwords. With regard to passwords issued pursuant to the Electronic Case Filing Procedures:

(1) No person shall knowingly utilize, or cause or permit another person to utilize, a password without authorization from the person to whom it is issued.

(2) No attorney shall knowingly permit or cause to permit a password assigned to that attorney to be utilized by any person other than an authorized employee of his or her law firm.

(3) A person whose password is used to electronically file a document thereby certifies that such person has authorized the filing. An attorney whose password is used to electronically file a document thereby certifies that such attorney and the attorney’s law firm have authorized the filing.

(d) Consequences of Electronic Filing. Electronic filing of a document constitutes filing of the document for all purposes of the Bankruptcy Rules and these Rules and constitutes entry of the document on the docket kept by the Bankruptcy Clerk under Bankruptcy Rule 5003. When a document has been filed electronically, the official record is the electronic recording of the document as stored in accordance with the Electronic Case Filing Procedures, and the filing party is bound by the document as filed. A document filed electronically is deemed filed at the date and time stated on the notice of electronic filing sent pursuant to the Electronic Case Filing Procedures.