You may wonder why you should use ECF if the Clerks office staff is
currently scanning and docketing. Well, as mentioned above, the volume of
work means delays in processing, but it also means attorneys cannot take
advantage of the features in ECF that permit them to manage their cases
Heres how it works: Attorney A mails his petitions to one of our
offices. The mail is distributed among several staff members. The
petitions are docketed and scanned into the system during the day. As a
result, his cases are scattered throughout the 341 Calendar.
Attorney B has hers delivered to the Clerks office at 4:00 p.m..
Again, they are distributed, and docketed that afternoon, but some cannot
be completed until the next day. Attorney B also has no control over the
341 scheduling and must wait until we provide docket numbers, which is not
possible until all the information on the petition has been entered into
Attorney C uses the courts ECF system, or one of the special
bankruptcy software products designed to work with ECF. He can file his
cases 24 hours per day, receive immediate case number information, and
because the time of filing is under his control, is able to group his
cases closer together on the 341 calendar. He also reduces his copying
costs and eventually, as other parties participate by email, everyone can
reduce paper and copying expenses. Finally, since he receives email notice
of documents filed by other parties in his cases and can immediately view
them or print them out, he achieves a strategic advantage before the paper
copy arrives in the mail. And as a bonus, he can also earn frequent flyer
miles since he must use a credit card to file electronically.
Email Comment from Attorney Tim Korf
Some thoughts on ECF: "Saves me over $4 postage on each filing -
$3.95 for the manila envelope and 34 cents for the self-addressed return
envelope. If an average petition with schedules is 35 pages, it saves me
105 pages of copy on each filing. Ordinarily, filing requires: original
and three copies of petition and other documents, addressing envelopes,
affixing postage, writing transmittal letters, writing checks for filing
fees - and about half an hour or more. It takes less than 10 minutes to
file the petition, schedules and address matrix - and receive e-mail
confirmation of filing with case number. A wonderful tool if immediate
filing is necessary for any reason.
I'm thoroughly taken with the process. I think it'll save me
considerable time and money - important since a lawyer's stock in trade is
Trustee Electronic Filers
The following Assistant U.S. Trustees, Panel Trustees and their staff
members have been trained and are filing electronically: Sheree Dandurand,
Tom Walz, William Chatterton, Peter Gennrich, Michael Kepler, William
Rameker, Scott Shadel, Arthur Eberlein, Mark Wittman, Brian Wright, Peter
Herrell, James McNeill, Jr., Melvyn Hoffman, Daniel Freund and Randi
Osberg. Their input and participation have been extremely valuable and
have already resulted in several modifications that have made filing more
efficient. We truly appreciate them and their staff members! The
Wisconsin Supreme Court has authorized 3.5 CLE hours for the Trustee
Training. We have applied for similar credit for Attorney
Administrative Procedures & "Help Desk"
Please check our website for a downloadable copy of the ECF procedures
manual. We are also developing a Frequently Asked Questions area on our
website, a Help Desk, and plan to have a toll free number for your
Attorney and Staff Training for ECF
Specific information to register you and your staff for training
classes is posted on our website.
The following attorneys and staff members have already attended
training. Attorneys: Pierre Abaca, Jenny R. Armstrong, Joan M. Bedner,
Andrew J. Clarkowski, Stewart L. Etten, Daniel Freund, Catherine Furay,
Peter Gennrich, Patricia M. Gibeault, Bradley J. Halberstadt, Richard
Humphrey, Tim Korf, Michael E. Kepler, J. David Krekeler, Janet M.
McDonough, Timothy Peyton, James T. Remington, Bryan C. Royce, Kristin J.
Sederholm, Ronald L. Siler, Mart Swanson, R. John Symonds, Jeremy M.
Welch, Richard Wallace Zeddun, Bruce E. Zito
Staff members: Amy M. Benedict, Diane L. Benson, Joanna Boxer, Jackie
Counts, Lisa M. Christians, Cindy M. Dahlke, Marcia Dampier, Erica P.
Freid, Ed Bezel, Carie Hall, Judith E. Holtz, Kim L. Johnson, Cindy L.
Klein, Margo A. Lindauer, Sue Nyberg, Carol S. Vondrasek, Janice E.
Walden, Cheryl F. Watson.
Their comments and suggestions have been an integral part of helping us
develop the FAQ area on our website. The Clerks office could not have
come this far without their help. Thanks everyone!
Important WebPACER Reminder
Due to required software upgrades, the old WebPACER system was replaced
by ECF/PACER effective February 4, 2002. Dial_in PACER is no longer
available. Your current logon and password will work with the new system.
Check our website for registration information if you are not already
Effective immediately, the Judicial Conference of the United States has
approved a cap of seven cents per page for internet access to data. Users
will be charged a maximum of $2.10, the equivalent of 30 pages, for
electronic access to any single document. Please note that attachments
will be treated as separate documents for purposes of this rule.
More than a third of bankruptcy courts - 32 - are using CM/ECF to
manage cases. Over half of those are accepting filings electronically over
the internet, including Western WI. Another 39 courts are in some stage of