Case Caption Requirements

Last updated: April 8, 2021

  • All case captions must match the Bankruptcy Court’s official docket. For example, if the docket shows “Joseph Smith, an Individual” then all pleadings should have the entire name. Pleadings with only “Joseph Smith” are incorrect.
  • If any part of the debtor’s name is missing or does not exactly match the court’s docket, the pleading may be returned and/or you may be sent a Notice of Docketing Error (NODE).
  • For adversary cases, terminated parties remain a part of the caption unless an order has been issued stating otherwise.