Newsletter, April 2003
Continuity of Operations
We are required to plan for continued operations in the
event of an emergency that would close the courthouses in Madison or Eau Claire. Prior to the implementation of the
Electronic Case Filing System,
those plans centered around the establishment of off-site filing
locations. However, ECF has made those preparations, and the costs
associated with leasing and providing security in temporary space,
unnecessary. Each day more attorneys are discovering the savings the
System offers in terms of attorney and staff time, postage, courier
service and copies. For all the foregoing reasons, we strongly
encourage those of you who have not begun filing electronically to become
Very shortly, many of you who began ECF with us one year ago will be
receiving a surprise to celebrate your achievement. It is a small token to
express our appreciation for your pioneering spirit and perseverance. Stay
Electronic Orders are coming!
"E-Orders" will allow you to submit proposed orders to the
Court thru the ECF system. The orders will be processed by court staff and forwarded to the Judges for approval and
signature. ECF users will receive
the signed order electronically. Regular mail will be used for all other
parties. We are currently testing the product. It will be discussed and
demonstrated at the April 25th Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy
Institute in Eau Claire. Contact the State Bar for details.
"Pay at the Pump"
ECF courts generally require attorneys to pay bankruptcy fees for cases
filed electronically via credit card payment. The credit card numbers are
maintained in a secure area and fees are processed by court staff the next
day. The next step is to "eliminate the middleman" and allow direct payment at the time of filing.
Currently, the Southern District of California and the Southern District
of New York bankruptcy courts are testing a new enhancement which allows filers authorized by
the court the ability to directly pay filing fees on CM/ECF using the U.S. Treasury Internet
credit card service. This will allow you to file and pay from your office, home or anywhere you have internet access.
We hope to have this capability
later this year.
Would you like a "Personal Trainer?"
If you have attended the training and need some help getting started, or
have been using the system and would like some tips and tricks, please
contact our office to arrange for a personal visit. Our trainers are
available to come to your office at your convenience to provide assistance.
Please call! Operators are standing by in Madison and Eau Claire!
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