*****SUPERSEDED BY THE REVISED ANNOUNCEMENT DATED 12/22/2011. New Rules Regarding Signatures in Electronically Filed Documents Effective January 1, 2012

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

View the revised announcement dated 12/22/2011
At their regular monthly meeting in November, the bankruptcy judges for the Northern District of Illinois approved changes in the Administrative Procedures for the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system. The major change concerns signatures required on electronically filed documents. If a document must be signed by anyone other than the Registrant filing the document, a Declaration Regarding Electronic Filing must be filed for each person whose signature is required. The Administrative Procedures no longer differentiate between petitions and documents filed later. Thus, if a joint petition is filed, two Declarations must be filed, one for each debtor. Another big change concerns documents filed after the petition that must be signed (for example, amended schedules). Effective January 1, 2012, instead of requiring a scanned signature on the document, the new procedure requires a new Declaration Regarding Electronic Filing for each new document. The form has been revised accordingly.