Disclaimer: While the information presented is accurate as of the date of publication, it should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority. It is highly recommended that legal advice be obtained from a bankruptcy attorney. Please also refer to the United States Bankruptcy Code (title 11, United States Code) , the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Bankruptcy Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Finally, if you do not understand terms used in these questions and responses, many of them are defined in Bankruptcy Basics issued by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The Court staff cannot give legal advice under Title 28 U.S.C. Section 955.
The Clerk’s office CANNOT
- Explain the meaning of a particular rule
- Give an interpretation of case law
- Explain the result of taking or not taking action in a case
- Tell you whether jurisdiction is proper in a case
- Tell you whether a complaint properly presents a claim
- Provide advice on the best procedure to accomplish a particular goal
- Apply a Rule or Statute
- Explain who should receive proper notice or service
You have several options-
- Contact your attorney
- Visit the courthouse. The fee for copies is 10 cents per page.
- You can make a request for copies by mail to: U S Bankruptcy Court 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 713, Chicago, IL 60604. Please make sure your letter request includes your name and case number and the name of the documents you are requesting. Provide a self-addressed, and postage paid envelope large enough to return your requested documents. The fee for copies is 10 cents per page.
- You can sign up for electronic access to case information. You can subscribe to PACER Service which will allow you access to all Bankruptcy case records and you will be able to print case documents yourself. To receive more information about PACER Service you can visit the website: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov or telephone the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856 between the hours of 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday - Friday CST.
You must request the copies in person or in writing and prepay a fee for copying and processing.
To file documents in Bankruptcy Cases, an attorney or non-attorney bankruptcy trustee must obtain a login and password for electronic filing and viewing of documents in the System.
A password may only be used by the Registrant to whom it is issued and by individuals authorized by the Registrant. A Registrant is responsible for all applicable charges associated with the use of the Registrant’s password. Any documents filed using the password will be deemed authorized and signed by the Registrant. (See Administrative Procedures for the Case Management/Electronic Case filing System amended 3/20/07
The copy cost of the document you wishes certified $.10 per page and $11.00 for each certification.
No. Federal law prohibits any contact with the Judge outside the Courtroom in order to preserve the impartiality of the Court and to prevent the appearance of any impropriety or allegations of preferential treatment of any party.
A person, partnership, corporation, or business trust may file a bankruptcy case. Corporations, partnerships and business trust cannot proceed if they are not represented by an attorney. Only an individual can proceed without an attorney.
The forms are available at the Bankruptcy Court, the Courts website, or from a local stationery store.
There are several ways you can get information:
- If you have access to a computer with internet access, you can get access to the Court’s electronic records through PACER by selecting the menu option "ECF/Pacer Login" from the Court's website.
- In order to use PACER, you must open a PACER account. You can do that by calling (800) 676-6856 or (210) 301-6440 to get a registration form.You may register online at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/
- You may also come into the court and use the public service computers to view electronic records for no fee. See our website for Court Locations and Directions.
- You can access the Voice Case Information System (VCIS) 24 hrs, 7 days a week by dialing (866) 222-8029 to obtain the most requested case information automatically. To access this system please follow the instructions on the VCIS information page.
You can mail or bring your document into the appropriate court. The court is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm except legal holidays.
If the bankruptcy case you are filing the document for is located in one of the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will, Grundy, LaSalle, or Kendall
Please file your document at this location:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Dirksen Federal Building
219 S. Dearborn St. - Room 713
Chicago, IL 60604
If the bankruptcy case is located in one of the following counties: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, or Winnebago
Please file your document at this location:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
327 South Church Street
Rockford, IL 61101
You may file a bankruptcy petition on your own if you are an individual, but not if you are a corporation or partnership. However, the relief available to you, the obligations imposed on you and the ramifications associated with the bankruptcy are extremely complex. It is difficult to have a successful bankruptcy case without the help of competent legal counsel.
If you decide to file without an attorney, see our websitehttp://www.ilnb.uscourts.gov
"Filing Bankruptcy without a Lawyer" for more information.
We cannot remove your name from our website. All records and hearings are public. Google has an option to remove your name from it's results http://www.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=508&topic=360&hl=en. Other search engines may have a similar option.
Investigations of alleged bankruptcy fraud is the responsibility of the U.S. Trustee. Here is a link to the local U.S. Trustee http://www.usdoj.gov/ust/r11/index_page.htm. Please report of any fraudulent bankruptcy activity.
Sorry we cannot remove any opinions. Opinions, orders, documents, party information, claims, and other case information are public record. The judicial system is public, and the orders and decisions entered are public.
On rare occasions opinions on the website may be updated by chambers to correct very minor items, such as a spelling or a typographical error. The content remains the same.
The Bankruptcy system allows one to pay the filing fee in installments. The Form can be found on our website www.ilnb.uscourts.gov by clicking on the Forms links on the left, then click on National Bankruptcy Forms. Navigate to the Application an Order to Pay Filing Fee in Installments (Form B-3A).
The filing fee must be paid in four equal installment payments. The first installment is to be paid within the 30 days, and at least half of the filing fee must be paid within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The final installment must be paid within 120 days after the filing of the petition.
- If you have a PACER account, you can search using the PACER Party Case Index.
- You can visit the courthouse and use a public terminal
- If you know the social security number, you can use the VCIS system. It's a toll free call to 1-866-222-8029. You need to select the particular district where the filing may have occurred(Northern Illinois Bankruptcy is #15)
- You can also enter the details in the contact information below and your request will be answered.
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A list of credit counseling agencies can be found on our website at http://www.ilnb.uscourts.gov under a link on the left side of the page click on Filing Bankruptcy without a Lawyer/Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Information.
The list is displayed according to the state you reside.
You can file the appropriate Amended Schedule (D, E, or F) to add or correct the creditors address accompanied with the amount from the fee schedule (Amendments to debtor’s schedules, lists of creditors or mailing list). The fee must be paid with by cash, money order, or certified check. The money order, or certified check must be made payable to U. S. Bankruptcy Court.
You can contact an attorney who provides assistance for Pro Se filers at the Bankruptcy Assistance Help Desk Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am thru 12:30 pm. Located at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604 in room 625.
You can contact an attorney who provides assistance for Pro Se filers at the Bankruptcy Assistance Help Desk Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am thru 12:30 pm. Located at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604 in room 625
The meeting of creditors is hearing all debtors must attend in any bankruptcy proceeding. It is held outside of the presence of the judge and usually occurs between 20 and 40 days after the filing of the petition. In a Chapter 7, 12 and 13 cases, the trustee assigned to the case conducts the meeting. In a Chapter 11 case, a representative of the United States Trustee’s Office conducts the meeting.
The bankruptcy court does NOT perform any activities with the credit bureaus. You must contact the individual credit bureau’s for their procedure for removing your bankruptcy filing from their credit report. In general, bankruptcies are listed on your credit report for 7-10 years.
You can file a Proof of Claim (Form B-10) with the Clerk's Office to have the association listed as a creditor on this bankruptcy case and receive notice. There are instructions on page two of this form. The forms are available on the website under Forms, Bankruptcy Forms.
Please submit a contact request.