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Released On:
Friday, September 30, 2011
United States Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of Texas


The Court is upgrading the CM/ECF software to version 4.2    There are a few changes that we would like to bring to your attention.

1)  Every user will be required to change their password to comply with the new  Password Security Enhancements.   All CM/ECF passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters, and must include both upper and lower case alphabetic characters and at least one digit or special character (e.g., 0-9, @, #, $, %, &, *, +, :).   After five invalid login attempts, the account is locked out for five minutes.  After the timeout period, if an invalid password is again given for the account, a new timeout period (one minute longer than the previous) will be started.  Every additional invalid password entered after a timeout will increase the duration of the next timeout by one minute.

2) Filing Agents - the Court is going to allow Trustee and Attorney filers to set up filing agents related to their login.  A filing agent is a login controlled by the attorney or trustee which allows members of their staff to file on their behalf.  The docket sheet will reflect the Attorney/Trustee's name, not the name of the filing agent.  Please see our website for details regrading the use of Filing Agents. (Please see the documents below for further details regarding Filing Agents)

3) Opening an adversary proceeding  - the attorney filer is now automatically added as attorney for plaintiff.   The plaintiffs attorney will not be able to add an attorney for the defendant.   When filing an Notice of Removal you will be prompted to select "Attorney for Plaintiff" or "Attorney for Defendant".    If you have any questions while opening an adversary, please call one of our divisional offices.

4) Filing a  Proof of Claim.  The proof of claim entry screen text and formatting have been modified to match the B10 form.  Additionally, the amount claimed total is no longer calculated.  Instead, the amount claimed field constitutes the total of the various amounts claimed; the user enters the totals in these fields and no additional total is calculated.

5)  New Trustee's 341 Filings for Chapter 13  and Improved Trustee's 341 Filings for Chapter 7 --  This program allows you to process your completed 341 meeting settings in an efficient and timely manner.   (Please see the documents below for further details regarding Trustee's 341 Filings)

6)  New Security Improvements Privacy Act - December 1, 2003.   All documents filed prior to December 1, 2003 are limited to court users, case participants and someone using the court's public terminals.  Outside users using PACER will not be able to view documents unless they were a case participant.

Although these are not the only changes you will see with our upgrade to CM/ECF version 4.2, they are the ones with the most significant changes.   As always, if you have any questions please contact the Court.

Trustee 341 - Chapter 13 - video
Trustee 341 - Chapter 13 - pdf

Filing Agents, Attorney, Trustee - video
Filing Agents, Attorney, Trustee - pdf

Trustee 341 - Chapter 7 - video
Trustee 341 - Chapter 7 - pdf

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