United States Bankruptcy Court
Please Note: Access to documents in cases filed before December 1, 2003, and which have been closed for more than a year may be restricted in PACER. Documents in these cases may be viewed via the Internet only by parties in the case who have a separate CM/ECF login issued by U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. (Generally these otherwise restricted documents may be viewed at the public computer terminals in the Clerk's Office)
Copies of documents in pending files may be obtained by visiting the clerk’s office. Documents can be printed from the court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system from one of several public computers in the clerk’s office lobby. The fee for copies of documents printed from one of these public computers is $0.10 per page.
Copies may be certified in one of two ways: 1) with a raised seal or 2) with an ink stamp. Copies certified with a raised seal will only be returned to requestors via the U.S. Postal Mail. Certified copies made with an ink stamp can be obtained via mail, fax or email. The fee for certified documents is $11.00 plus $0.50 per page. Requests for certified copies must be made by filing out a Copy Request form and then mailed to the court with payment.
Documents from certain older cases have been stored with the Federal Records Center (FRC). There are two ways to request copies of documents from archived files:
The least expensive option is to order directly from the FRC. Please be sure to first contact the court for specific location information about the files. Once this information is acquired, you may request copies from the FRC by completing and mailing an FRC Request Form to the FRC or by making the request on-line. Please refer to the FRC website for information on fees.
The second option is to have the archived file delivered to the court for viewing. Send to the court a Closed Case Request form with method of payment. The cost to order an archived file is $64.00 for the first box ($39.00 for each additional box) and $0.50 per page for any copies. You will be notified by the court when the file arrives. Please allow 10 business days for the file to be delivered to the court.
**Please make checks/money orders payable to “Clerk, US Bankruptcy Court”.
US Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Michigan
One Division Avenue, North, Room 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 456-2693
FAX: (616) 456-2083