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  • What should I do to prepare for CM/ECF ? Hawaii

    Assess your office equipment and software Look at your office automation equipment and make sure that you and the staff who will be electronically filing documents will have what they need. See AO recommended minimum requirements.

    Look at your software to make sure that you have a good word processing program and an application which will convert the documents to PDF format. Make sure that you have installed a browser which is recommended for this purpose. If you will be filing cases by ECF, look at the commercial software packages which are designed specifically for bankruptcy and which greatly simplify document preparation.

    Evaluate your Internet connection. If you are connecting to the Internet through a dial-up modem, your connection time will be very slow. Consider upgrading to a broadband connection, such as cable or DSL.

    Set up a credit card account for payment of filing fees and determine who on your staff will have access to the card number. Set up appropriate accounting procedures.

    Set up office procedures for filing cases and reviewing documents before they are transmitted and filed. You may delegate to anyone, the ability to file cases or other documents, but the attorney will always be responsible for the final product. Determine who will receive the CM/ECF training and visit our web site for information on training sessions.

    Have office staff who will be working with CM/ECF, work through the Computer Based Training [CBT]. Everyone who attends a training session should be familiar with the CBT and should know how to convert documents to PDF format. They should also have knowledge about how to use a web browser and should have familiarity with Internet access.