Electronic Notice to Debtors
Debtors may receive email notice of orders and other documentation sent by the Court through the Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN) program.
A debtor must complete and file a Debtor Electronic Noticing Request (DeBN) form. The form should be filed with the petition. If a debtor agrees to receive electronic notice, Court staff will enter the debtor's email address into the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) email database. The debtor must confirm the email address via a hyperlink in an email sent by the BNC. Once confirmed, the debtor will be sent court-generated documents electronically.
Through the DeBN program, only notices and orders that have been filed by the court can be emailed to the debtor. All other parties, such as trustees and creditors, will continue to serve the debtor via U.S. mail or in person as required by court rules.
The BNC will send electronic notices so long as an email is not returned undeliverable and so long as the debtor's name and mailing address match the debtor's name and address with the BNC.
Electronic Notice to Creditors
Creditors may receive email notice of orders and other documents sent by the Court through the Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN) program. Only the Court can send notices to a creditor electronically.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa encourages the bankruptcy community to utilize Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN). EBN is a free service that allows court notices to be transmitted electronically, delivering them faster and more conveniently. Some of the advantages to electronic noticing are:
- Court notices are sent the same day they are produced by the court
- You can access your court notices 24/7
- Court notices that would othewise be mailed to multiple locations can be routed to a centralized electronic address
- Storing court notices to your computer means you never lose a paper copy
- Court notices can easily be forwarded around the office or to your attorney
- More information about the EBN program and registration is found here. For more information and to register for this service, please click here. You may also contact EBN Customer Service at (877) 837-3424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you are an attorney who already receives notices via CM/ECF Notice of Electronic Filing, then you do not need to register for this EBN service.