Getting Started with ECF

 

Prior to filing a pleading or document with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, please review the materials below
for proper instructions on Court procedures regarding the filing of pleadings and/or papers.

Administrative Procedures for Electronically Filed Cases

 

For a copy of the Administrative Procedures for Electronically Filed Cases, click here.

PACER Account

 

Attorneys and Limited Filers who wish to view documents or reports on the Court's ECF system must have a PACER account, as well as, an ECF system filing ID. To establish a PACER account, go to www.pacer.psc.uscourts.gov.

ECF Registration

 

ECF is the Federal Judiciary's Electronic Case Filing system that allows trained and certified users to file new bankruptcy cases and other documents right from their computer.   In observance of Local Rule 5005-4, attorneys practicing before the court are required to obtain and use an ECF filing ID and password assigned by the Bankruptcy Court to participate in the ECF system. Creditor filers filing certain pleadings and papers may also participate in the system.  To obtain registration to the ECF system in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern & Western District of Arkansas, please follow the instructions below. NOTE: Please allow at least 48 hours for processing. If you are in need of expedited ID processing, please notify the ECF Help Desk at 501-918-5590. 

1.     Attorneys: To obtain an ECF filing ID with the Court, an attorney must:

a.     Be admitted to practice law before any federal court in the United States;

b.     Be paid and active regarding his or her federal license;

c.     Complete, sign and submit the Attorney Registration Form. E-mail to askecf@areb.uscourts.gov

d.     Complete Court provided training on the ECF system. For further information on training or to register for training, see the ECF Training portion of our
        website.  Exception: The Court currently permits attorneys who are ECF certified in another bankruptcy or federal district court to obtain an ECF filing
        ID for our Court's ECF system without additional training.  Attorneys who are ECF certified in other federal courts must provide us with the
        name of the court where they are certified. Note: Attorneys who obtain a filing ID, but who are not admitted to the bar of either the U.S. District Court for
        the Eastern District or Western District of Arkansas must determine whether the requirements of Local Rule 2090-1(b) regarding pro hac vice
        admission apply.

 2.     Creditor Filers: To obtain a Limited Filing ID for the ECF system, a creditor filer must:

a.     Complete, sign and submit the Creditor Filer Registration Form. The registration form shall be mailed or delivered to the Clerk's office in Little Rock in an
        envelope marked:  Attention: ECF Help Desk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 300 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  Registration forms may also be faxed to
        501-918-5558, Attention ECF Help Desk., or emailed to askecf@areb.uscourts.gov.

b.     Complete the ECF Training portion of our website. Exception: The Court currently permits creditor filers who are ECF certified in another bankruptcy or
        federal district court to obtain an ECF filing ID for our Court's ECF system without additional training. To obtain an ECF
        filing ID for this Court, creditor filers who are ECF certified in other federal courts must provide us with the name of the court where they are certified
        by listing the court(s) on the Creditor Filer Registration Form.

3.     Auditors: Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 586(f), the U.S.Trustee for each district is authorized to contract with auditors to perform audits of certain bankruptcy
        cases, and the report of each audit performed shall be filed with the Court. Any such auditors may register as Limited Filers in the ECF system. Contact
        the ECF Help Desk at 501-918-5590 or Toll Free at 866-497-9068 for further information.

4.     Financial Management Course Providers:  Effective December 1, 2013, amended Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(7) gives an individual debtor the option
        of having an approved personal financial management course provider notify the court directly that the debtor has completed a post-petition instructional
        course concerning personal financial management. To obtain a Limited Filer ID for this purpose, providers should complete, sign and submit the
        Financial Management Course Provider Registration to the address or fax number indicated on the form.