Northern District: Bankruptcy fees must be paid as cases are e-filed

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana has announced updates will go into effect March 2 regarding the payment of filing fees for electronically filed cases.

“Except in those cases in which a request for a fee waiver or to pay in installments has been filed, bankruptcy fees must now be paid in each case as the case is filed in CM/ECF. As a result, filers will no longer be able to complete the filing process and receive a case number until the fee is paid,” the bankruptcy court said in a Wednesday statement.

CM/ECF filers opening a voluntary bankruptcy case will be redirected to the fee payment screen to complete the payment process through the PACER Service Center, the court said. Until applicable fees are paid, the filer will not be able to proceed further with the filing process and the case will not be filed.

“After the payment is made, the filer will be automatically returned to the case opening screens to complete the filing and receive a case number,” the statement said.

The bankruptcy court advised filers to remain patient and wait for the payment processing screen to complete the transaction. Likewise, it advised that filers avoid clicking on the back button to prevent a duplicate payment to process.

Additionally, filers who have been approved to pay in installments may now make the installment fee payments electronically for voluntary bankruptcy cases. To do so, filers must click on the CM/ECF event “Bankruptcy > Other > Payment of Installment Filing Fee.”

Questions regarding the updates may be directed to the bankruptcy court at (574) 968-2230.

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