Credit Card Collection Network
Effective August 30, 1999, the Clerk's Office of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will accept Discover and American Express, in addition to Visa and Mastercard, for the following transactions:
- Filing fees submitted in person or by mail to the Clerk's Office
- Copywork (including docket sheets, documents, judicial opinions)
- Copies of ESR-taped proceedings
- Fines and restitutions
- Attorney admission fees
- Searches and certifications
- Retrieval fees for records maintained at Federal Records Centers
- Arbitration fees
- Central Violations Bureau (CVB) payments
For counter transactions, submit the charge card at the counter for recording, validating and imprinting onto a bank charge slip. The amount of the charge, transaction code, date and time appear on the bank charge slip and cash register receipt. The original cash register receipt and bank charge slip are given to the customer, and the copies are kept on file in the Clerk's Office.
For telephone requests, give your name, credit card number and its expiration date to the Clerk's office receptionist. Your requested work will be returned to you with a cash register receipt and a bank charge slip, which will have the words "TELEPHONE REQUEST" inserted in the signature block.
For mail requests, the following information must be provided in your request letter: credit card number, expiration date and specified amount to be charged. The letter must be signed by the same person whose signature appears on the credit card. You will receive a cash register receipt and a bank charge slip, which will have the words "MAIL REQUEST" inserted in the signature block.
For those law firms which are concerned with the safekeeping of the actual credit card, the Clerk's Office will issue numbered identification cards bearing the firm's credit card number, expiration date and the signature of one of the firm's partners. These cards will be issued after completion of the Authorization Form. The courier will simply show this card to the cashier and the transaction will be processed. On the bank charge slip, "AUTHORIZATION ON FILE" would appear in the signature block.
The Clerk's Office will maintain the firm's credit card number, expiration date and the signature of one of the firm's partners, after completion of an Authorization Form which can also be found here.
- To participate in the Credit Card Collection Network, complete and submit an Authorization Form by performing the following three (3) steps.
- Step #1: Download the form using your browser. The Authorization Form can be found here. The form is interactive and allows most fields to be completed on-line. Adobe Reader is required to access the form and can be obtained below.
- Step #2: Depending upon your preference, either (a) complete the form on-line and then print the form, or (b) print the form and then complete it manually (i.e., by typing or hand, in ink). Please note that the form is two (2) pages in length, with the second page for Court use only.
- Step #3: Sign the form & mail it (both pages) to:
Kate Barkman, Clerk of Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
601 Market Street, Room 2609
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1797
ATTN: Credit Card Collection Network