E-Orders FAQ

 

1. What ECF event should be used to submit orders for signature?
2. What are the formatting requirements for orders?
3. Will orders continue to appear on the docket as Received Unsigned Orders?
4. Will attorneys continue to receive a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) when orders are submitted for signature?
5. Will attorneys be able to search for submitted orders immediately after filing?
6. Will attorneys and trustees be able to search for Received Unsigned Orders?
7. Will attorneys be able to withdraw/replace an order once it’s been submitted?
8. What happens to orders that are submitted with flaws (improperly formatted, unsigned, etc.)?
9. Which fonts should be used when creating orders?
10. How do you embed fonts in Acrobat?
11. An Order ID number appears on my receipt and on the Order Query report. What is it for?
12. Should stipulated and/or agreed motions be combined with orders?
13. What changes should I make to Adobe Acrobat to make it compatible with E-Orders?
14. Where can I find more information re: E-Orders?
15. The judge changed or added text to the order at the time that it was signed. These changes are viewable when I view the order on line but not on the printed copy. How do I resolve this issue?
 

 

1. What ECF event should be used to submit orders for signature?

For bankruptcy cases, select Bankruptcy > Order Upload > Single Order Upload. For adversary cases, select Adversary > Order Upload > Single Order Upload.

2. What are the formatting requirements for orders?

The top 4" of the first page of the order should be left completely blank. An ///End of Order/// designation should be placed after the final line of text on the order. No date or signature line should be provided for the judge. Orders should be created with standard 11 or 12 pt font, double spaced, and contain line numbers in the left margin. A sample order can be viewed here.

3. Will orders continue to appear on the docket as Received Unsigned Orders?

Yes. Submitted orders will appear on the docket as Received Unsigned Orders, but there will be a 30-minute delay between the time the order is uploaded and its appearance on the docket.

4. Will attorneys continue to receive a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) when orders are submitted for signature?

Yes. Once 30 minutes has elapsed and the order appears on the docket, an NEF will be sent to all ECF participants in the case. NOTE: The NEF will not contain the related motion language, so parties will have to click on the order link for their “one free look” to see which motion the order relates to.

5. Will attorneys be able to search for submitted orders immediately after filing?

Yes. By selecting Reports > Orders Query, attorneys can search for orders using the selection criteria. The default is to include all cases in which the filer is involved. This include your orders and any other orders submitted in a case.

6. Will attorneys and trustees be able to search for Received Unsigned Orders?

Yes. Select Reports > Docket Activity Report > Received Unsigned Order to search for submitted orders by case number.

7. Will attorneys be able to withdraw/replace an order once it’s been submitted?

No. Attorneys would need to submit a new (replacement) order and advise chambers.

8. What happens to orders that are submitted with flaws (improperly formatted, unsigned, etc.)?

Orders with flaws will be lodged and will appear on the ECF docket with the following language: “Lodged Order Submitted but Not Entered.” Judges also have the option of indicating, via text box, the reason(s) why the order was not signed. NOTE: Attorneys would need to submit the order again after making the appropriate changes.

9. Which fonts should be used when creating orders?

Always use standard, embedded fonts when creating orders. Non-standard fonts, such as Helvetica, have caused issues. The following fonts work great: Courier, Times New Roman and Arial.

10. How do you embed fonts in Acrobat?

Windows XP users: Select Start > Programs > Acrobat Distiller.
Windows 7 users: Select the Windows Start icon > All Programs > Acrobat Distiller.
With Distiller open on screen, select Settings > Edit Adobe PDF Settings...
On the left side, select Fonts. Ensure that there is a check mark in the “Embed all fonts” box.
Highlight all fonts listed in the Font Source window, then select Add to place them in the Always Embed window.
Select OK and Save, then close Distiller.

11. An Order ID number appears on my receipt and on the Order Query report. What is it for?

It is a number generated by the database. It can be ignored as it does not correspond to the order numbers listed on the ECF docket.

12. Should stipulated and/or agreed motions be combined with orders?

No. LBR 9021-1(b) requires orders to be submitted as a separate document. First, file the stipulation or agreed motion, then submit the order and link it to the stipulation/motion.

13. What changes should I make to Adobe Acrobat to make it compatible with E-Orders?

In the Comments and Forms menu (located under Print), set the default to “Documents and Markups” to ensure that you can view marked up PDF documents.

14. Where can I find more information re: E-Orders?

View the Order Upload and Order Query training lessons on the court’s website.

15. The judge changed or added text to the order at the time that it was signed. These changes are viewable on line but not on the printed copy. How do I resolve this issue?

When printing the order, make sure that "Comments & Forms" is set to "Documents and Markups".