Motion to Seal Document(s)

Last Updated: April 1, 2013

A motion to seal individual documents may be filed electronically using the Motion to Seal event.  Please note that the Motion to Seal and attached documents will NOT be restricted.  If the motion is granted, the documents that the filer wants to file under seal may then be filed electronically.  (See Sealed Document below).

Documents can be sealed only by motion and subsequent order of the court. Documents filed under seal are not available for review by the public.  An NEF email is sent to all parties in the case, but the document may only be viewed by those who have access to the document referenced.  

Filing Requirements:

Motion to Seal

  • Motion to Seal along with supporting memorandum.

  • Proposed Order  Instructions.


To File Electronically:

  1. Log into CM/ECF.

  2. Select [Bankruptcy >  Motions/Applications] or [Adversary> Motions].

  3. Enter the case number (e.g, xx-xxxxx).

  4. Select [Seal] from the event list.

  5. Skip the Joint Filing screen.

  6. Select the party filer. If the party is not listed, click on Add/Create New Party.
    Note:  The Attorney/Party Association screen may appear. If your party selection was correct, check the box to create an association.

  7. Browse to select the Motion (.pdf file).

    Note: Supporting documents may be added as attachments to this document.

  8. Modify the text as appropriate.

  9. Verify the final docket text; if correct, click [Next] to submit your document(s).

    Note: The Notice of Electronic Filing displays giving you the document number. Copies of this notice are immediately e-mailed to all participants who receive electronic notification in the case.

  10. Submit proposed order.  Instructions.

 

Sealed Document


To File Electronically:

  1. Log into CM/ECF.

  2. Select [Bankruptcy >  Misc/Other].

  3. Enter the case number (e.g, xx-xxxxx).

  4. Select [Sealed Document] from the event list.

  5. Skip the Joint Filing screen.

  6. Select the party filer. If the party is not listed, click on Add/Create New Party.
    Note:  The Attorney/Party Association screen may appear. If your party selection was correct, check the box to create an association.

  7. Browse to select the document (.pdf file).

    Note: Supporting documents may be added as attachments to this document.

  8. Modify the text as appropriate.

  9. Following notification: "This entry and document and any attachments will be sealed. The entry will only appear on the docket report for authorized court staff."  Click [Next].

  10. Verify the final docket text; if correct, click [Next] to submit your document(s).

    Note: The Notice of Electronic Filing displays giving you the document number. Copies of this notice are immediately e-mailed to all participants who receive electronic notification in the case.

 

 

 

 

 

11 U.S.C.: 

 

FRBP: 9018

 

Local Rule 5005-3

Local Rule 2002-1