Adversary Case Opening     02/06/2006




Opening an Adversary proceeding involves entering the necessary information regarding the plaintiff, defendant, and basic statistical data.  The complaint is incorporated into this process and will not need to be docketed separately. During the filing of this event (unlike the opening of a Bankruptcy Case), the attorney for the plaintiff must select himself/herself at the attorney selection screen.



WARNING: Related bankruptcy case number must be verified before opening adversary case.





  1. Complete B104 Adversary Cover Sheet and prepare the Complaint

  2. Select Adversary

  3. Select Open an AP Case

  4. Open Adversary Case screen:

    1. Case type should be ap

    2. Select Yes for Complaint

    3. Click Next

    4. Enter Lead Case Number

    5. Select Adversary for Association type

    6. Case will be assigned to the same Division and Judge as the lead case

    7. Click Next

  1. Search for a Party screen:

    1. Enter social security number, tax identification number or last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for plaintiff name in the ECF database.

    2. Party search results:  

      • If plaintiff's name appears, select the name from the list and verify plaintiff information.  

        • If plaintiff's information is the same (pop up window), click on Select name from list button.

      • If plaintiff name does not appear, click on Create new party.

  1. Party Information screen:

This screen appears for selected name or creating new party.  

    1. Complete/Update all appropriate fields for the plaintiff.  

      • Select Role for plaintiff (pla:pty)

    2.  Select the Attorney button.


WARNING: It is important that you ADD the plaintiff's attorney.

It is important that you DO NOT add the defendant's attorney at this time.


    • Search for plaintiff's attorney by entering Bar ID number or last name (upper and lower case.)  

    • Select the attorney name from the list.

    • Verify attorney information and click on the Add attorney button.

  1. Select the Alias button if plaintiff has alias.  

    • Complete all appropriate fields for alias(es).

    • Select appropriate Role for alias(es) (aka, dba, fdba, fda).

  2. Review alias(es) once more by clicking on the Review button.  If the alias is incorrect, uncheck the alias(es) and repeat 6c. When done, click on Return to Party screen button.

  3. Review plaintiff's information once more before submission.  


NOTE:  Continue to add all plaintiffs, then add defendants.


    1. Repeat steps 5 and 6  for Defendant (dft:pty).


NOTE:  Continue to add all defendants.


  1. Click on End party selection button, when all parties are entered.

  2. Adversary Case (statistical) screen:

    1. Select appropriate Party Code.

    2. Select appropriate Nature of Suit.


NOTE:  If your filing consists of "424 (Obj/Revocation Discharge 727)", make this your main suit.


    1. Bypass the Origin field.

    2. Bypass the Transfer date field.

    3. Select Yes if filing refers to a class action.

    4. Select Plaintiff if filing requests a jury demand.

    5. Enter amount for demand (i.e., 5 = 5000).

  1. Browse, verify and attach the Complaint (pdf file)  

    • Attach B104 Adversary Cover Sheet as an attachment.

  2. Verify the filing fee amount (see Credit Card Payment Overview for more information)

If Plaintiff Is:

Trustee or U.S. Trustee - type 'deferred' in the Receipt # field, payment will be collected at the close of the BK case if funds are available;


U.S. Government Agency or Debtor(s) - type 'waived' in the Receipt # field





WARNING: Verify filing entry information is correct before submitting the Final Docket Text.


  1. Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.

  2. Continue with Summons Request procedure.