I am in bankruptcy, and my neighborhood mail is not good. Can I receive my Bankruptcy Court Notices by Email Instead of Postal Service?

Yes. If you want to, you can sign up to receive mail from the Bankruptcy Court via email instead of by the U.S. Postal Service. You will have "one look" or one viewing of the document, or 15 days to look at it, whichever happens first. So if you read your email within 15 days, and you want to keep a copy of the document that you receive from the Bankruptcy Court, you will need to either print a copy of it on your printer, or save a copy to your computer.

If you close the document without saving it, you can view it again by going to the Clerk's office and viewing in on their computers, or you can subscribe to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service, but there may be fees.

Also, you will need to keep your correct email address on file with the U.S. District Clerk's office, and also make sure that your spam filter is not stopping the notices from reaching you.

If you are a debtor in a bankruptcy case, and you want to receive email notifications and copies of documents from the Bankruptcy Court instead of regular mail, fill out a "Debtor Registration Form for Service of Documents by Electronic Mail," print it out, and mail it to U.S. District Clerk, 515 Rusk Street, Houston TX 77002. If you have any questions about how to fill it out, contact your attorney or the phone number on the form.

J Thomas Black
Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization