Electronic Evidence Presentation System (EEPS)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has Electronic Evidence Presentation Systems (EEPS) in the Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre courtrooms. Use of the Electronic Evidence System is governed by Local Rule 9070-1. The following equipment is available:

Harrisburg

  • Court-provided laptop with access to the Court’s Cloud Evidence System (CES), a PDF viewer, and ability to present standard audio and video files;
  • document camera;
  • remote and on-site ability to upload exhibits to CES for use with the EEPS.

Wilkes-Barre

  • Court-provided laptop with access to the Court’s Cloud Evidence System (CES), a PDF viewer, and ability to present standard audio and video files;
  • remote and on-site ability to upload exhibits to CES for use with the EEPS;
  • document camera;
  • ability to electronically annotate exhibits during a hearing/trial.

Williamsport    

  • document camera;
  • EEPS currently unavailable.

REQUEST TO USE THE EEPS AT YOUR HEARING/TRIAL

To use the EEPS for your Hearing/Trial, please complete the Courtroom Technology Request Form.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The EEPS system supports the following file types:    PDF, MP3, MP4, WAV,  JPG, and PNG.  MS Word, MS Excel, or Wordperfect files must be converted to PDF.   Click here for the directions on using EEPS and CES

 

PROCEDURES FOR USING EEPS

(1) Request to use the EEPS by completing the Courtroom Technology Request form;

(2) Pre-mark your exhibits/files:

                All exhibit files must be pre-marked/named using the following format:

                [Party type] - Exhibit [number] - [Exhibit Description]   
                e.g. "Debtor - Exhibit1 - Residential Lease Agreement.pdf"

(3) Each party to the case will receive an e-mail with a link to the Cloud Evidence System (CES). The link is specific to: (1) each attorney/party; and (2) the hearing/trial for which use of the EEPS was requested. This link must only be used with that specific hearing/trial and may not be used for any other hearing/trial.

(4) At least three days before the hearing/trial,* click the link and upload your exhibits/evidence to the CES (be sure to comply with the file naming/pre-marking requirements set forth above).

        Tips

  • you can re-use the link any time you want to add additional exhibits related to the specific hearing/trial. For example, impeachment or rebuttal evidence can be uploaded immediately prior to, or even during, the hearing.
  • once a file is uploaded into CES, you will not be able to view, alter, or delete it.
  • files you upload into CES are not available to other parties to the hearing/trial.

(5) Share a copy of all uploaded exhibits with opposing counsel at least three days prior to the hearing/trial.*
           - parties do not have access to the files you upload into CES. To share your files with others, you will have to use another delivery method (e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive, thumb drive, etc.).

(6) Arrive at least thirty (30) minutes before your scheduled hearing/trial to ensure you have uploaded all necessary exhibits (including last minute exhibits), test connectivity, and ensure your exhibits are properly marked and ready for use at the hearing/trial.

_____________________________

* As a general rule and subject to Local Rule 9070-1, attorneys and parties should upload their exhibits and share them with the other parties at least three days prior to the scheduled hearing or trial. It is up to the discretion of the presiding judge whether to accept exhibits uploaded less than three days in advance.