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Who Can View My Bankruptcy Record?

If you are thinking about filing bankruptcy, you might be wondering who will be able to view the details of your filing. Filing a bankruptcy is a public record, and the creditor’s hearing is open to the public. So what exactly does the bankruptcy being a matter of public record mean for you?

Ways in Which the Public Can View Your Bankruptcy

Because your bankruptcy is a public record, it is not sealed and can be viewed by anyone with the means to do so. The following ways are just a few instances in which your bankruptcy can be discovered:


Everyone who files a bankruptcy is entered into a national government database called Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Anyone who makes an account on PACER can view the details of your bankruptcy. Because it costs eight cents per page to do so though, typically only attorneys and creditors access PACER.

Local Newspaper

Many local newspapers print a section entitled, “Public Notices” or something to that effect. It is in this section — along with other public information such as criminal proceedings, weddings and births — that information about your bankruptcy proceedings might appear. You can contact your local newspaper to inquire about their policy concerning the printing of bankruptcy proceedings.

Local Television Station

Some towns have a local television station that broadcasts public meetings and other events that are open to the public. If your town has one, it’s possible that they might announce public records including your bankruptcy.

Your Mail

It’s likely that you’ll receive mail from both your bankruptcy attorney and the bankruptcy court itself. This means that not only will your mail carrier see it, but your neighbors might also become aware of your bankruptcy if they accidentally receive your mail.

Contact Bankruptcy Attorneys

At Clark & Washington, we’re experienced bankruptcy attorneys who understand the complexities that such a filing can bring to your life. As Georgia’s largest bankruptcy filer, we have the experience and knowledge to help you navigate this process. Contact us today for a free, friendly and no obligation consultation.

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