The Court has 2 electronic filing systems:
- ePOC permits creditors to electronically file claims and amend claims. ePOC does not require a login or password.
- ECF permits attorneys, trustees, creditors and other limited filers to electronically file a variety of documents. Electronic filing is mandatory for all attorneys, all trustees and any creditor who has filed more than 10 documents in a calendar year. A login and password is required.
These systems require documents to be in PDF format. Users may need to purchase a full version of Adobe Acrobat and/or scanner to convert documents in PDF.
Electronic Case File (ECF)
- Allows you to file documents using a standard web browser.
- Provides immediate confirmation to you, and notice to other parties in a case, that a document was filed.
- Per Local Bankruptcy Rule 5005-4, use of ECF is mandatory for attorneys, trustees, and any creditor who has filed more than 10 documents with the court in any calendar year.
- Most documents must be in text-based PDF format, requiring the user to have software to convert documents from a word processor format to portable document format (PDF). Scanned PDFs are allowed for doucments that were not created by the filer; for example, trust deeds.
- There are no additional fees to use ECF, but existing filing fees apply and must be paid electronically via credit card or ACH. Your payment screen may be accessed at any time by clicking on Utilities>Internet Payments Due. Credit card and ACH information may be stored in your PACER account and accessed to pay filing fees.
- If you make an error or are unsure how to proceed, please contact the Clerk's Office. Proceeding on you own may put you at cross-purposes with the Clerk's Office or cause you to incur an additional filing fee.
The Court does not currently have an electronic filing system for debtors who are preparing to file a bankruptcy case without an attorney. However, a system is being developed nationally for this purpose, and the Court will evaluate it for use when it is available.
Other (ECF Related)
For immediate help with general filing questions, you may contact the Clerk's office directly at (319) 286-2200 in Cedar Rapids or (712) 233-3939 in Sioux City. Court Staff are available to assist you with CM/ECF related issues between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Court's IT staff can confirm system availability, but are not able to provide general technical support or offer recommendations regarding petition preparation software. Questions regarding petition software should be directed to your software provider.