From the Broward Daily Business Review, April 6, 2005
By: Ross R. Hartog
While Congress appears prepared to pass a bankruptcy bill that will radically change the manner in which bankruptcy cases are administered, the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida is prepared to enact its case management and electronic case filing (CM/ECF) system that will radically change the manner in which bankruptcy cases are filed and maintained.
Before long, the frustration of filing a document with the court will be merely a bad memory for bankruptcy practitioners and other federal court practitioners. Any number of problems could arise, such as a jammed copy machine or a courier caught in traffic and unable to reach the courthouse before a filing deadline. Those days soon will end in the Southern District of Florida.
Ross R. Hartog is a partner at Markowitz Davis Ringel & Trusty in Miami, where he practices bankruptcy and insolvency law. He is also secretary of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida and is as co-chair for the CM/ECF Advisory Board, which assists the Southern District with the implementation of CM/ECF and serving as a liaison to the local bankruptcy bar. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.