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Creditors Matrix Format Requirements

In order to ensure that the cases you file can be properly read by the optical scanner, we ask that you observe the following guidelines:

Matrix must be typed in one of the following standard fonts, in a 10- or 12-point size:

  • Courier
  • Courier New
  • CG Times
  • Letter Gothic
  • Times New Roman

Matrix should be typed in a single column, down the center of the page.

Each address should not exceed a total of (five) 5 lines.

Each line in the address should not exceed 40 characters.

Crediitors should be listed in single space and with a double space between each address.

Use upper and lower case letters (capital and small letters). Do not use all capital letters.

Nine-digit ZIP codes should be typed with a hyphen separating the two groups of digits.


Things to Avoid:

The following will prevent your list from being read by the optical scanner, requiring you to resubmit your creditors list:

Non-address data:

  • debtor
  • joint debtor
  • attorney for debtor(s)
  • account number
  • attention line
  • page numbers

Extra marks: letterhead, dates, coffee stains, handwritten marks, lines, symbols, etc.

Non-standard paper: onion skin, half-sized paper, colored paper.

Poor quality type, unreadable fonts or print styles: photocopy, carbon, exotic fonts, proportionally-spaced fonts, script fonts, non-office quality printer (dot-matrix print with less than 360 dpi).

Misarranged list: paper incorrectly inserted into the printer causing list to be skewed.

Text attributes: bold, italics, underline.

Sample Fonts:

  • Courier: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
  • Courier New: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
  • CG Times: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
  • Letter Gothic: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
  • Times New Roman: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.

Sample Matrix:


All creditor matrices should be filed and uploaded electronically through CM/ECF. If the debtor is not represented by counsel, a creditor matrix may be filed manually, accompanied by the file on a CD. The CD must be clearly labeled with the case number and title (if filed after petition). The creditors' names and addresses must be saved in ASCII format for our automated system to recognize the characters and convert to the court's database. The CD will not be returned.

Important Note:

If you are using WordPerfect versions 6 through 8, save the document as file type "ASCII DOS Text".
If you are using Microsoft Word, save the document as type "MS-DOS Text".
If you are using WordPad, save the document as type "Text Document - MS-DOS Format".
If you are using notepad, save the document as type "Text Documents".