CM/ECF Mitigates Bankruptcy Flood in October; CM/ECF Spreads Through Courts
Because of the Bankruptcy Reform Act, national bankruptcy filings in September and October were dramatically higher than usual. Compared to a more typical month with 125,000 bankruptcy case openings, CM/ECF handled 603,000 in October, and 463,000 of those were opened by the attorneys rather than court staff. Without CM/ECF, full implementation of the Act on October 17 would have been extraordinarily burdensome and costly.
As of this month, there are ninety-one bankruptcy courts and eighty-four district courts “live” on CM/ECF, i.e. CM/ECF has completely replaced the “legacy” systems in the courts created nearly two decades ago. The Court of International Trade and the Court of Claims are also using the system. The Appellate Court version of CM/ECF is now being tested in the courts and will be ready for live use in 2006.
In many district courts, 40% of the docket entries are now made by attorneys, and attorney case opening has just been added as a new feature of the district system [in some districts].
-- From a memo from the Administrative Office of the Courts, November 9, 2005.