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Self-Represented Debtors (Pro Se)

To enhance service to self-represented debtors, the following e-Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Submit a Petition for Filing - To submit a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 petition to the court for filing electronically go to our ESR (Electronic Self-Representation) section for more information and the link to submit your petition.

Online Payment Service (OPS) - To make filing fee and other payments electronically go to

File a Financial Management Course Certificate - To file a Financial Management Course certificate with the court electronically go to File Personal Financial Management Course Certificate (eFinCert)

Receive Electronic Notices (DeBN) – DeBN is a free service to debtors that allows court notices to be transmitted electronically, delivering them faster and more conveniently than by mail.  To receive notices from the court via e-mail, debtors may register for electronic bankruptcy noticing at PACER.  Find out how on our DeBN page.

Search for a Case, View/Print Documents (PACER) - If you already have a PACER login and password you may search for a case, view, and print documents at PACER Login

If you do not have a PACER login and password you may register at PACER Registration.

Emergency Filing Procedures:  

The clerk's office is open for business Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm to accommodate filings.  However, if you are submitting copies of supporting documents to an eSR submission, or an emergency requires the filing of a document and the clerk's office is closed, or the ECF system or applicable e-Service option is inoperable, you may use the Electronic Document Submission (EDS) system to submit documents to the court for filing.   EDS may only be used under the above circumstances to submit documents and pleadings with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

A deputy clerk will review each submission and contact you with further instructions and the payment of any applicable fees.