Regarding 8-Digit Case Numbers for Florida Middle District

Note: Currently, this bulletin affects only the cases for the office of John Waage, Bradenton, FL.

Effective June 11, 2024, the Middle District of Florida courts have assigned an additional digit to reflect whether the case is in the Tampa Division or the Ft. Myers Division. The Trustee offices** accommodate instances from more than one Pacer system in the Florida Middle Bankruptcy courts, so duplicate case numbers from two different Pacer systems must be differentiated. 

What is the new case number?

The new case numbers are now eight digits. The case number follows this format: the first seven digits are the traditional case number, such as 23-12345, plus an additional digit, either an '8' (for Tampa division) or a '2' (for Ft. Myers), thus the complete number will be 823-12345 or 223-12345

For example:

This case is represented on with case number 22400074

This case is represented on as case number 82400074

How about vouchers pulled from the NDC?

All vouchers from the NDC's voucher system work as before; however, the case numbers for affected offices** will appear with 8-digit case numbers.

Are the API libraries affected?

No. The API libraries accept 7- or 8-digit case numbers without changes. Please be alerted that the data for affected offices will return 8-digit case numbers through the JSON/XML output.

How do I search for an 8-digit case?

We now allow partial case number searches. For example, searching for 2400074 will give return cases for 82400074 and 22400074.

** Currently,  the 8-digit case numbers affect only data from Trustee Waage's office.

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