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How to file highly sensitive documents

Instructions for Filing Highly Sensitive Documents Under Standing Order 21-1

See complete instructions in the PDF provided here.   Review this document before filing. 

Contact the Clerk's Office if you have questions.


1.  Determine whether the document is a highly sensitive document (HSD).

An HSD may contain information that is so sensitive it must be filed with additional precautions.  Examples include trade secrets or information classified by the federal government.

Many types of documents generally are not considered to be HSDs, including Declaration Re: Electronic Filing, Statement About Your Social Security Number, DeBN Request Forms, tax records, bank records,  and financial records.

Additional examples are provided in the PDF instructions


2. File the Motion to Seal. This motion and any attachments to it will be public--these are NOT sealed.

In CM/ECF, go to

Bankruptcy > Motions/Applications > File Under Seal
Adversary > Motions > File Under Seal

The motion and any attachments filed using these events will be publicly visible documents. Do not include sensitive or confidential information in these documents.

See the Sealed Document filing process


3.  Provide the HSDs  to the Court.

Deliver two copies to the court, in paper or on two separate thumb drives or other format as allowed by court order.  See more details in the PDF instructions.


4.  Submit a Proposed Order.

In CM/ECF, go to

        Bankruptcy > Order Upload
        Adversary > Order Upload