Rule 5005-3 Filing During Systems Failures.

(a) Individual User’s Systems Failure.  An entity or individual may file papers in person, by facsimile, or through the Court’s Electronic Document Submission System for up to seventy-two (72) hours when electronic filing is not possible due to a failure in the filer’s systems, including, without limitation, hardware, software, or internet connection. For CM/ECF filers, any filing made by means other than CM/ECF must be accompanied by an affidavit stating why the document could not be filed through CM/ECF.

(b) Court Systems Failure. In the event that the applicable court electronic filing system (CM/ECF, EDSS, or ePOC) is unable to accept filings continuously over a period of more than two (2) hours after 7:00 a.m., an electronic filer may use any of the following filing methods:

  1.  file the documents using the Court’s Electronic Document Submission System (“EDSS”) available on the Court’s website;
  2. file the documents in person by bringing the documents to the clerk’s office in paper, accompanied by an electronic storage format (i.e., flash drive, CD-ROM) that contains the document in PDF format without any password requirement;
  3. file the documents via facsimile to: 570-829-0249 (Wilkes-Barre) or 717-901-2822 (Harrisburg); or
  4.  seek appropriate relief from the Court or proceed pursuant to any generally applicable order that may have been entered addressing the technical failure.

(c) The Court’s ability to grant relief may be limited by F.R.B.P. 9006(b).

Part V - Courts and Clerks


Wilkes-Barre Fax:  570-829-0249

Harrisburg Fax:  717-901-2822