COMPUTERS IN THE COURTROOM
The Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District
of Florida allows certain trustees and attorneys to routinely
transport laptop computers into our Jacksonville, Fort Myers
and Tampa courthouses and allow their use during routine
hearings and proceedings. Currently, there are no restrictions
on the use of laptop computers in our Orlando courtrooms.
Attorneys wishing to bring laptop computers into our Orlando
courtrooms should consult the Court’s General
The program is open to those trustees and attorneys who
are active users of the Court’s Electronic Case Filing
(ECF) system. An active users is defined as one who uses
the ECF system to the maximum extent possible to file documents
with the Clerk’s Office.
This program is subject to the following restrictions:
• Only attorneys and court appointed trustees who
have successfully completed the ECF training and have been
assigned ECF passwords and who are actively using the system
• Those desiring to participate in this program must
request and receive authorization in the form of a court
order from the Presiding Judge. (See below procedures)
• Participating attorneys must present a Bar Identification
Card which reflects their current Bar Identification Number
to the security personnel as they enter the Courthouse.
Trustees who are not attorneys must present their DOJ Credentials
in lieu of Bar Identification Card. All must also have a
photo ID as normally required.
• Computers will be subject to routine security screening
as they are brought into the Courthouse.
• Computers may not contain audio or video recording
devices and the speaker must be muted while the computer
is in use in the Courtroom.
• Computers may not be connected to the Court’s
• A Judge may suspend or terminate authorization to
use laptop computers in his/her courtroom at any time.
Procedures for Court Ordered Authorization (Jacksonville
Trustees and attorneys desiring to participate
in this program should request authorization from the respective
judge by providing a written request which contains:
• Law Firm
• Bar ID number
• ECF User Login (Do not submit your password.)
• E-mail address
Procedures for Court Ordered Authorization (Tampa/Fort
Trustees and attorneys desiring to participate in this
program should request authorization by submitting the following
information to the Clerk of Court:
The Clerk will ensure that the applicant
meets the criteria set for the program. Each month the
Clerk will prepare a draft order for the signature of
the Presiding Judge which will list qualified applicants
and the Bar Identification Number of each. Once approved
and signed by the Presiding Judge, a copy of the order
allowing the ECF User to routinely bring a laptop computer
into the Courthouse will be provided to the United States
Marshal for the Middle District of Florida, the security
station at the respective courthouse, and each of the
ECF users listed on the order. It will be the responsibility
of the Clerk to ensure the order is issued on the first
working day of each calendar month and that copies are
appropriately delivered. Orders will expire on the first
business day of the following month.