Newsletter, July 2001
July 1, 2001 Fee Increase
The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved the following
changes to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule (28 U.S.C. § 1930(b)).
These changes become effective on July 1, 2001, and are also summarized on
The archived record retrieval fee will be increased to $35 ($25) and
the ancillary filing fee will be $800 ($500). In addition, the Schedule
has been amended to clarify that amendments to matrices or to the mailing
lists of creditors will each require a $20 fee.
The Conference also created a separate schedule for "Electronic
Public Access" (EPA) Fees, which is effective July 1. Access via dial
service will still be sixty cents per minute. Information obtained through
a federal judiciary internet site will be seven cents per "page"
of data. Attorneys of record and parties in a case (including pro se
litigants) receive one free electronic copy of all documents filed
electronically (via an Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system), if receipt is
required by law or directed by the filer. No fee is owed until an account
holder accrues charges of more than $10 in a calendar year. The U.S.
Trustee, Panel trustees and certain other classes or persons or
organizations are exempt from such fees.
Electronic Case Filing
The national project support team will be visiting during the week of
July 9 in Madison and Eau Claire to discuss our progress and to assist
with technology and training issues.
Since January 1, 2001, we have scanned and added more than 21,000 pages
to our Web PACER site. We encourage you to take a look.
Nationally, there has been a 17.5% increase in filings. In the Western
District, there have been 3256 cases filed. Overall, this represents a
34.5% increase for the five-month period ending May 31, over last year at
this time. Total filings this year also represent a 25.5% increase over
the same five-month period in 1999. In response to this increase, and in
anticipation of new legislation, we have hired three new full-time staff
members: Susan Novak and Brenda Lusson (Eau Claire) and Brenda Welhoefer
(Madison). We also hired two part-time staff members: Tom Welhoefer
(Madison) and Pamela Creydt (Eau Claire).
We have recently noticed an increase in the number of documents
submitted for filing that do not have a case number. Please take a moment
to ensure this information is provided. Thank you.
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