Newsletter, November 2001
Electronic Filing News
As a result of the recent events in New York City, Electronic Case
Filing (ECF) has proven its worth. On the morning of September 11th, the
Bankruptcy Clerks office for the Southern District of New York was forced
to close since it is located only a few short blocks from the World Trade
Center. Mail service was interrupted and some postage delays continue.
Staff was unable to return until September 17th. However, the Electronic
Case Filing (ECF) system was accessible to attorneys and parties by 10:30
a.m. on September 13th after power was restored to parts of lower
Manhattan. According to the Clerk, Kathleen Farrell, "one law firm,
Cleary, Gottlieb, called to advise that even though their office in the
World Trade Center area was affected, they were able to access the system
for copies and get their bankruptcy department back in operation."
We are extremely pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to use
ECF in the spring of 2002. As so many have said, nothing will be the same
after recent events. However, ECF offers the bar and public the same
accessibility to the court even if we are shut down by the weather or
national events beyond our control, such as those mentioned above or that
caused the shutdown of the U.S. Supreme Court recently.
If you have any questions related to the implementation of ECF, please
contact me, Diana Rahn or Brenda Brommer.
Marcia M. Anderson, Clerk
Please check our website frequently for new features and information.
Under "What's New" there is a link to the portable document
format (PDF) version of new Official Bankruptcy Form 1, Voluntary
Petition. It has been amended to require the debtor to disclose whether
the debtor owns or has possession of any property that poses or is alleged
to pose a threat of imminent and identifiable harm to public health or
safety. It is effective December 1, 2001.
Bankruptcy Filing Software
We cannot endorse a specific program, but wanted to again advise you
that software providers have already developed forms and programs that are
compatible with ECF. Some automatically assemble the creditor matrix,
create templates of client information and have developed filing shortcuts
to facilitate uploading of files. However, you do not need these programs
to use ECF. A computer, internet provider, scanner and the ability to
create PDF files will allow you to file, receive notices and orders, and
access and retrieve documents.
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