Hot Topic for October

Conversion to CM/ECF Version 3.1


Remaining portions of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), pertaining to new statistical reporting requirements, are slated to take effect October 17, 2006.

To comply with the law, and meet additional reporting requirements placed on the courts by the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin plans to convert to an updated version of CM/ECF (Release 3.1) over the weekend of October 14th.

The ECF system will be unavailable from noon, October 14, through October 15 to allow for the conversion and testing of data.

PLEASE NOTE: Significant changes have been incorporated into the case opening processes of 3.1 that will not permit the filing of a bankruptcy petition or adversary complaint utilizing your current software release.  This advance notice of our conversion date is provided to allow sufficient time for you to contact your respective Bankruptcy Preparation Software provider so that they can provide you with necessary updates for continued successful electronic filing. 

New Official Forms Effective October 1, 2006

Revised Official Forms were approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States on September 19, 2006. They take effect on October 1, 2006.

The revisions to Official Forms 1, 5, 6, 9, 22A, 22C, and 23, and new Exhibit D to Official Form 1 implement the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. The changes to the Official Forms include, among other things, an amendment to Official Form 1 implementing the amendment to Interim Rule 1007 and amendments implementing new statistical reporting requirements mandated by the Act.

The new forms are available on the U.S. Courts page.

October Facts:

In August 2006:
  • 214 Attorneys filed
  • 4,522 pleadings electronically

In August 2005:
  • 218 Attorneys filed
  • 5,686 pleadings electronically

In August 2004::
  • 165 Attorneys filed
  • 2,884 pleadings electronically

New Petitions filed by Electronic Case Filers:

  • 85 % year to date for August 2006
  • 76 % year to date for August 2005
  • 60 % year to date for August 2004
  • 38 % year to date for August 2003




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