The court will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 in observance of Columbus Day

Rules & Procedures

Rules and Procedures

Local Rules Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin is undertaking a review of its local rules. It will convene a meeting on October 28, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 190 at the United States Courthouse, 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for purposes of creating a new local rules committee and to solicit proposed rules changes. All members of the bar are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to participate in the Local Rules Committee, or if you have suggestions for changes to the Local Rules, please email Shay Agsten, Judge Halfenger's law clerk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, email Shay to obtain a call-in number or to request video conferencing. If we have enough interest, we will try to arrange video conferences in Green Bay and Oshkosh.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

G. Michael Halfenger
United States Bankruptcy Judge
United States Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of Wisconsin


CM/ECF Registration:

To enhance the registration process for new electronic filers, the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office has added an online submission process.  To register for an electronic filing account on this Court’s Electronic Case Filing System (CM-ECF), please click here.

Training Database:

The CM/ECF Training system provides functionality similar to the CM/ECF Live system. Filers are able to experience CM/ECF without affecting the status of cases already in the Live CM/ECF system. If you do not already have access to the training system or need assistance with your login, please contact our Help Desk at 414-290-2700.

Frequently Asked Questions:

To access a list of common questions related to CM/ECF filing and troubleshooting, click here.

Watch a video on how to "Maintain Your ECF Account." (PDF Version)

Watch a video on how to "Browsing For A PDF." (PDF Version)

Watch a video on how to "Combine Files Into a Single PDF." (PDF Version)

Watch a video on how to "Clear the cache in internet explorer." (PDF Version)

Watch a video on how to "Clear the cache in Mozilla Firefox 11" (PDF Version)

Changes to CM/ECF Release 5.0

Changes to CM/ECF Release 5.1

Training Materials for Limited Debt Ed. Filers

Amended Schedules and Matrix Procedure

Motion for Relief from Stay and Abandonment Procedure

Lou Jones Tip Sheet 11.13.2012

Adversary Case Opening Guideline 7.7.2014


Please contact our court trainer, Michelle Hawley, for any training related questions:

Phone:  414-290-2726

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New CM/ECF Transcript Events Regarding Fed. R. Bankr. P. 8009(b)

Rule 8009(b), effective December 1, 2014, defines the responsibility of the appellant and the appellee to document whether each has ordered a transcript as part of the record for an appeal.  Both appellant and appellee must file the appropriate event, listed below, after each has filed the Designation of Record and Statement of Issues on Appeal.

Transcript Ordered Regarding Notice of Appeal. This event must be used when the party is ordering a transcript that is not currently on the docket.  The party must order the transcript directly from the transcription service provider (listed HERE) and make satisfactory arrangements to pay the costs.  The filing party should attach to this event a copy of the transcript order as a PDF.

Certification of No Transcript Ordered Regarding Notice of Appeal.  This event must be used when the appellant or appellee is NOT ordering a transcript.  The filing party should create a PDF and title it to match the name of this event.

For filing questions, please contact the Clerk's Office CM/ECF Help Desk (414-290-2700).

Attention: Proof of Claim Filers

The bar date for filing claims in the, Inc. case is June 8, 2015. The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin uses an online claims filing system to make filing your claim easier.

To electronically file your claim, please click HERE.

For detailed step by step instructions on electronically filing claims, click HERE.

If you need assistance, call 414-297-3291. Please remember that the clerk's staff is not permitted to give legal advice.

Forms/Rule/Fee Changes Effective December 1, 2013

Amendments to the following Official Bankruptcy Forms will take effect on December 1, 2013:

B3A Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments
B3B Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived
B6I Schedule I: Your Income
B6J Schedule J: Your Expenses
B6 Summary (Summary of Schedules)
B27 Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet

The forms will be available on our website, beginning December 1, 2013.  Other official forms (B254, B255, B256 and B257) will be changing as well, and can be found on the National U.S. Courts website (

In addition, effective December 1, 2013, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(7) gives an individual debtor the option of having an approved personal financial management course provider notify the court directly that the debtor has completed a post-petition instructional course concerning personal financial management.  Our court will give debtor education filers limited ability to file in CM/ECF.

Training materials for debtor education limited filers can be found on our Training page.

More information, including Committee Notes concerning minor substantive changes can be found HERE.

Information regarding the fee changes effective December 1, 2013 can be found HERE.