The Hawaii Bankruptcy Court went live with electronic filing in 2003 using the federal judiciary's online system, CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Files). There is no entitlement to the online filing of documents. Filing privileges typically are extended to attorneys, trustees, and certain other individuals who do business with the court. In some cases the court may allow creditors and unrepresented (pro se) parties) to file electronically.
CM/ECF vs. PACER
It is important to note the difference between CM/ECF and PACER (Public Access to Case Electronic Records). CM/ECF is the case management system used for filing documents; PACER is the judiciary's nationwide database used for viewing court documents. There are no charges to for filing documents using CM/ECF (unless there is a fee required for filing a certain type of document - petition, motion, complaint, etc.) However, with some exceptions, there are charges for accessing documents and audio files in PACER.
Other Online Programs
- ePOC allows creditors to file proofs of claim online.
- eFinCert allows providers of financial management courses to file the debtor education certificates.
- eOrders allows attorneys to upload proposed orders to chambers for electronic signing by the judge.
- eDocs allows attorneys to transmit securely certain required information (tax returns, pay statements, etc.) to chapter 7 trustees.