Monitor Your Bankruptcy Case By E-Mail

25 Mar Monitor Your Bankruptcy Case By E-Mail

Watch the happenings in your bankruptcy case by email. You can now sign up to receive notices in your case by RSS feed. Once you are subscribed, an email will be sent to your inbox each time activity occurs in your case.

Each email, or a periodic digest of emails if you prefer, offers a summary of what occurred, the name of the document filed with links to the documents and the docket report.

It is free to sign up for the RSS feed if your court has a RSS feed, but it costs 10 cents per page to download documents. The fee is capped at $2.40 per document, there is no fee for access to court opinions, and fees are waived for users who incur less than $15 of use in a quarterly billing cycle.

E-mail notice in bankruptcy cases is possible because all documents are filed with the bankruptcy court electronically using the Court’s case management electronic case filing (CMECF) computer sosftware. As each document is uploaded to the Court, it is docketed and an index of documents and events is created for the case. A copy of the filing is automatically sent to all the attorneys involved in the case and to interested parties who have requested notice. Your email address will be added to the list of receipients once you sign up for the RSS feed for the case.

To sign up for an RSS feed for a bankruptcy case, you must have an account with the federal judicial system’s Public Access to Court Electronic Documents (PACER) system. You will log in to PACER to view the document or docket report links in the emails you receive and the fees will be assessed to your account. Many RSS feed readers have the capability to perform this task.

To learn if your bankruptcy court has implemented RSS, go to the PACER website and click on the RSS feed information.

You may use the free online training site to practice using the PACER system. A PACER manual is also available. If you have any questions, please contact the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856 or


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Jill Michaux has helped Kansas consumers with debt problems for three decades. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only bankruptcy specialists, board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. She help start the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
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