The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana will start using a credit card module within CM/ECF for the payment of filing fees on November 5, 2008. It is called Pay.gov and is used in the Western and Eastern Districts of Louisiana already so many of you are familiar with it.
The Pay.Gov is designed to do the following:
Allow attorneys to pay filing fees to the U.S. Treasury as part of the electronic filing process.
Provide an improved tracking and record keeping method for paid fees.
Discontinue the current requirement of providing the Clerk's office with credit card authorization and account information.
Upon completing the filing of a document requiring a filing fee, the attorney will have the option to:
Pay the filing fee after each transaction or
Make one payment at the end of the day for all transactions
After payment is made, the receipt will automatically post on the docket report of each case. This entry will include the filing fee amount and the receipt number.
This technology is similar to other credit card modules that you have used when ordering items through any company's website such as Amazon or JC Penney. It is a secure and efficient way to provide payment to the court for filing fees. We have posted a User Guide on our website and will have training on November 4 at 1:00 p.m. for anyone who would like to attend. Please call Chad Smith at 225-346-3314 to enroll in that training or to set up a separate time for your own training.