CM/ECF version 5.1 - Summary of New Features

CM/ECF version 5.0 and 5.1
Summary of New Features



Two new menu selections appear under the Utilities menu to allow you to navigate quickly between CM/ECF and PACER.  You won’t have to leave your CM/ECF session to access another court in PACER or to use the PACER Case Locator.

Create Appendix Enhancement

The Create Appendix option has been modified so you have more flexibility in customizing a docket report. Now you can select only the entries you want and whether you want the PDF document appended to this customized report. Or, if you just want an abbreviated docket report without attached PDF documents, you can select only the entries you need for the task at hand.

Docket Report – Page Counts

The number of pages for documents associated with a docket entry is a new option.

Docket Report – Critical Dates and Deadlines

Additional dates and deadlines now display on the caption of the docket report. A link to the Claims Register appears whenever a case has claims filed.

Docket Activity Report

The Docket Activity Report has been enhanced to include time filters.  The report can be run in time increments, rather than running the report for the entire day. A new clock icon also offers an alternative to typing in the time.

Calendars – 341 Meetings

You can now view All Hearings without the 341Meeting settings included. A 341Meeting selection has been added to the hearing type list.


New query options have been added:
•           Filed Date range
•           Last Entry Date range
•           Nature of Suit. 

Mobile Query

You can now access case information in a mobile friendly format by navigating to the mobile query link from your tablet or mobile device. No special applications are required.

Multiple Social Security and Identification Numbers

CM/ECF now allows up to five social security numbers and tax identifications numbers for each debtor and joint debtor. 
After a social security number is entered a plus icon appears beside the SSN/TaxID/EIN field.  If the debtor or joint debtor has another SSN/TaxID/EIN, click the “plus” icon for another field to be displayed for additional number(s). CM/ECF will now format the numbers if you don’t insert hyphens.

Notice of Electronic Filing

In prior releases, when an attorney represented more than one party in a case, the attorney’s email and party information were listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) only for the first party.  Now the attorney is listed for each party they represent.

Attorney and Party Association

When an attorney or trustee files a pleading, they are prompted to indicate whether they should be linked to the party they represent.  In prior releases, the checkbox for the association with the attorney and party was unchecked and if the filer did not check the box, the association was not made.  The checkbox for the association with the attorney and party is now checked by default.  The message has been updated to reflect the implications of omitting this necessary association.

Cases Report

Split, transferred and reopened dates have been added to the selection screen

Claims Summary Report

A Claims Summary Report option has been added to the Claims Register. This new format gives the viewer a snapshot overview of the claims on the case. 

The Claims Summary Report box produces a condensed list of claims.

Hovering your cursor over the amount claimed will display a breakdown of the claim amounts.  The View hyperlink takes you to more detailed information for this claim on the claims register. Click the creditor name to view claimant address or transfer information. You can sort the report by clicking the column headers.

Claims Register View Multiple Documents

You can now view multiple documents from the Claims Register in one PDF file.  This is the same functionality as View multiple documents on the Docket Report.  This feature will enable you to generate selected PDF claims with any related attachments in one PDF document.

The Claims Register will include a checkbox next to each claim, claim attachment, or claim related proceeding to customize this document.  Each PDF selected will be combined into one large PDF file.

Transfer of Claims Fee

As of May 1, 2013, a transfer fee of $25 will be charged for each individual claim transferred. This fee is being imposed because the transfer of claim significantly impacts the workload of the bankruptcy courts.
FRBP Rule 3001(e)(2) requires the clerks of court to notice the transferor of the transfer of claim, as well as the time period for objections to such assignments.

Case Conversion

Previously, if a case was converted and re-converted, the Notice of Bankruptcy Case Filing query screen reflected the converted chapter rather than the original chapter. Now the original chapter is saved permanently in a new field. The original chapter will be correct for cases filed and converted after Release 5.

Fee Receipt -

The Docket Report will now display a related document hyperlink for payment receipts whose transactions were processed by