To redact a document is to conceal, obstruct or remove sensitive information from a document filed with a bankruptcy court. The Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9037 stipulates that private information, also known as “personal data identifiers,” must be redacted before a document is filed. This information includes social security and tax identification numbers, birthdates, names of non-debtor minors and financial account numbers.
An individual who wishes to redact information other than those listed in the Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9037 must obtain Court approval by filing a Motion to File Redacted Document in accordance with Court’s procedures for Electronically Filing Sealed and Redacted Documents. No fee is charged to file a Motion to File Redacted Document.
Individuals who may wish to redact information from a document that has already been filed in court can do so by filing a Motion to Redact Previously Filed Document in accordance with the District Procedure for Motion to Redact Previously Filed Document. A fee must be paid to file a Motion to Redact Previously Filed Document. However, a judge may waive this fee under appropriate conditions in accordance with the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.
An individual may wish to redact a document in a closed case. Whenever it’s necessary to reopen a case for the sole purpose of redacting a document, a case reopening fee will not be charged. However, the fee for filing the Motion to Redact Previously Filed Document still applies.