The Automated Docketing Interface (ADI) is a standard feature in CM/ECF, familiar to operations and IT staff, in most bankruptcy courts. Through the setting of prescribed case conditions, the auto-close and auto-discharge modules (as well as other functions) perform a predefined set of actions (e.g., closing a case, terminating deadlines), without any hands-on work by clerk’s office staff. These two functions alone save case administrators countless hours of review and docketing time.
A significant number of courts have also extended the ability of the CM/ECF application to auto-docket, by writing scripts external to CM/ECF, making use of the ADI function to execute the desired actions. These scripts can markedly improve case processing efficiency, by reducing both case processing and quality control effort. Some courts have more than twenty ADI scripts operating and have reduced staff docketing by more than one-third. When the conditions used by the ADI are carefully defined and tested to ensure that the docketing will be performed as intended, then the script can be relied upon to docket correctly 100% of the time.
Joe Markley (NCMB) has worked with many courts, helping them to create their own ADI scripts. Through this process, he noted that creating and troubleshooting the scripts could be challenging. As a result, about one year ago, Joe hit upon the concept of developing an ADI Code Generator. In response to a set of prompts, court IT staff would enter a number of conditions. A program would then take this information and create the ADI script, decreasing their workload by hundreds of lines of code.
Now, after months of programming time, extensive testing and refinement (partnering with Kathy Hindes, COB), the ADI Wizard (Beta version) will be released to the bankruptcy court community at the NCBC conference in August. The projected timeline for the LIVE release would be in October 2015.
What will the ADI Wizard do for your court?
- It will create the ADI program code for the event you are developing.
- For ADI scripts with a limited number of conditions, the Wizard will create 100% of the script; court staff will then test the script, modify it as necessary, and then port it to the court’s live database.
- For more complex events, the ADI Wizard aids the programmer by creating the basic script, directories and sub-directories; additional conditions are then added by the programmer, before testing and porting.
- Use of the ADI Wizard will sharply reduce script development time.
- The ADI Wizard produces a ‘typical ADI model’ for all ADI scripts; this standardization translates into reduced support and documentation issues.
- More information on the ADI Wizard and automated docketing in general, can be found on the ADI Page (hosted by TNWB): http://220.127.116.11/adi/ See how automated docketing and the ADI Wizard can help your court!