FAQs: CM_ECF

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  • A party we represent was dismissed, but we are still receiving notifications, how can we stop the notifications?

    Please file a Notice on the case requesting that the attorney be terminated from the case.  Once terminated, notifications will stop.

  • Are there any special settings for file sizes in Adobe 6.0?

    Yes, please read the below recommendations.

    PREPARING THE DOCUMENT:

    1. Reminder: do not use the PDF Creator that is a part of the Corel Suite.
    2. Set Adobe PDF Writer as the default printer BEFORE opening the document.
    3. Before printing, perform a "File --> Save As" and save the document as a normal document. This cleans the document and gets rid of any embedded code that might be lingering due to editing, but that is not visible in the actual document.
    4. Minimize the number of different fonts used in the document. We suggest you set the default font to Courier (NOT Courier New or Times New Roman or any other TrueType font). So far, tests have shown that using True Type fonts drastically increases the size of the document. Set the default font by going to "File --> Document --> Default Font."
    5. The CM/ECF Project Team recommends a 200x200 dpi resolution. A higher resolution appears to dramatically increase the file size. Because Adobe Acrobat is often used for publishing, some of the standard settings have a 1200x1200 resolution.
    6. When you print the document, click on the "Details" tab in the "Print" window, change the "Resolution" to "200x200," then un-check the following check boxes (if they were checked when you entered the window): "Print in color" and "Print text only." Note: this hint does not apply to WordPerfect 10 users who do not have the "Details" tab.
  • Are there special setting for IE 11 to use with CM/ECF?

    Though IE version 11 is not supported by CM/ECF, you can try this setting.

    Under Tools - select  "compatability view settings" - under "add this website", type in uscourts.gov and add it to the list of websites.
     

  • Can an attorney who is appearing pro se use their attorney cm/ecf account to file?

    No. If you appearing pro se and wish to file on the case, you would need to file a Motion for Leave to Allow Pro Se to Electronically File. If granted, you will be issued a pro se filing account.

  • Can I use Chrome or Opera for ecf or pacer?

    Chrome and Opera does not work with ecf or pacer. Please use the recommended browsers.

    Firefox 15.x
    Internet Explorer 8 and 9.x
    Safari 5.1

  • Can my secretary/paralegal use my ECF Login and Password?

    Yes - however, as the registered Attorney - your name will appear as the signator of the electronically filed document, and all certification responsibilities remain with you, the attorney of record.

  • Do I need to sign my ecf documents and then scan them?

    If your document was created using a word processor software, then it should be printed to pdf. There is no need to print, sign and scan to pdf.  Your ecf login and password is your signature.

  • Does mandatory ecf mean that I need to have ecf filing account?

    Yes, in order to file and receive emails on cases, you must register for an ecf account.

  • Does the AOL browser work with ECF?

    No, try using Internet Explorer 8 or 9 or Mozilla Firefox 15.x.

  • Does the court allow attorneys to file new cases via CM/ECF?

    Yes, NYED does allow attorneys admitted to the EDNY bar  to file new cases through CM/ECF. Click here for information on attorney case opening.

  • Does the Court allow the electronic filing of audio files?

    No, not at this time.

  • How can I link an attorney on a case for notifications?

     

    During the first electronic filing an attorney makes after receiving a login and password, ECF may note that it does not have a link between the filing attorney and the filing party. ECF will, at this point, allow counsel to make the link.
    Making a link between counsel and a party toa case will add counsel’s name and address to the front of the docket sheet.
     
    NOTE: Some events will not give counsel the option of linking themselves to a party. In these instances, you must file a Notice of Appearance. The filing of a notice of Appearance will not only link your name to specific parties but will add your appearance to the docket sheet enabling you to receive e-mails when electronicfilings are made, either by the Court or counsel.
  • How can I stop email notifications for an attorney on a case where that attorney no longer represents a party and/or the party has been terminated?

    For Brooklyn
    Contact the CM/ECF Docketing/Filing Help Desk at (718) 613-2610

    For Central Islip
    Contact the CM/ECF Docketing/Filing Help Desk at (631) 712-6010.

  • How can I view pdfs from a NEF on a MAC?

    To view pdf's from the NEF:

    1. Launch TinkerTool
    2) Go to the Safari Menu
    3) Select Disable native support for display of PDF documents
    4) Relaunch Safari

    You can also try...

    Use Safari from your email
    or
    Install the mozilla/firefox and then install the add-on (Firefox PDF Plugin for MAC OS X)

  • How can we stop ecf notices for an attorney who represents a party that has been terminated on a case?

    File a Notice on the case requesting that the attorney be terminated from the case.

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