Beginning August 10, 2015, debtors can request to receive orders and court generated notices by email rather than by U.S. Mail. The new free program is called Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN). Service requirements for other parties in a bankruptcy case do not change with DeBN.
Debtors can enroll at any time, and the program is available to all debtors with an open bankruptcy case. DeBN offers debtors a number of advantages:
- Debtors receive orders and court generated notices (e.g. deficiency notices, 341(a) meeting of creditors notice, notice of hearing, orders on motions for relief from stay, orders regarding filing fees in installments or filing fee waivers, notice of requirements to file financial management course and/or domestic support obligation, order of discharge, etc) by email the same day the court generates them and the same day as the debtor’s attorney.
- Debtors can access orders and court generated notices delivered through DeBN from a computer or mobile device that has an Internet connection and a free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- There is no charge to view or save emailed orders and court generated notices and there is no limit to the number of times the documents can be viewed or saved.
To activate a DeBN account, a debtor must file a Debtor’s Request to Activate Electronic Noticing form. Debtors can file a request form through their attorney electronically, on their own by mail or over the counter at the clerk’s office. If both debtors in a joint case wish to receive emailed orders and court generated notices, each debtor must file a separate form. Once a DeBN request has been filed, the debtor will receive an email with instructions for activating their DeBN account.