FAQs: CM_ECF

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  • I want to setup my email notification, but I do not have access to Utilities, Maintain Your Account?

    Your email notification is setup when you register. In the EDNY, we do not allow attorneys to update their account information. If you require updates to your email address, send an email to support@nyed.uscourts.gov with your full name and BarId. If you are on cases, please refer to Local Rule 1.3(d).

  • If an attorney who is on a case is no longer with our firm, how can we remove the attorney from the case?

    Please refer to local rule 1.4.

  • If CM/ECF is down and I cannot file something that is time sensitive, is there a provision for delayed filings?
  • If I have an attorney ecf filing account, can I use that account if I am representing myself on a case?

    No, if you are representing yourself in an action, you must seek leave from the court. File a motion for leave to allow pro se to electronically file in the clerks office. If granted, a pro se filing account will be created for you.

  • If I have an ECF filing account in another District, will it work in the EDNY?

    No, you must register in each ecf court.

  • Is ECF filing mandatory?

    Yes, as of August 2, 2004, electronic case filing is mandatory for all civil cases other than pro se cases and for all criminal cases.

  • Is it possible to have two ecf accounts?

     Yes, please contact (718) 613-2312  prior to registering for a second account. 

  • My attorney was admitted pro hac vice in a matter, however the attorney does not appear to be included in notices. How can I resolve this?

    Please have the attorney file a Notice of Appearance using their ecf login and password.

  • What are the appropriate settings for my scanner when preparing a document for filing on CM/ECF?

    Scanned documents filed via CM/ECF must meet NARA Acceptable IMage Quality Specifications:

    Scanned images of textual records transferred to NARA must meet the following minimum requirements for scanning resolution and pixel (bit) depth to support archival preservation and continued use.

    Bitonal (1-bit) scanned at 300-600 ppi.
    This is appropriate for documents that consist exclusively of clean printed type possessing high inherent contrast (e.g., laser printed or typeset on a white background). Scanning at 600 ppi is recommended.
     
    Gray scale (8-bit) scanned at 300-400 ppi.
    This is appropriate for textual documents of poor legibility because of low inherent  contrast, staining or fading (e.g., carbon copies, thermofax, or documents with handwritten annotations or other markings), or that contain halftone illustrations or
    photographs. Scanning at 400 ppi is recommended.
     
    Color (24-bit RGB [Red, Green, Blue]) scanned at 300-400 ppi.
    Color mode (if technically available) is appropriate for text containing color information important to interpretation or content. Scanning at 400 ppi is recommended.

    If your document was created using a word processor, then it should be printed to pdf. Do not print, scan and pdf your document. Your ecf login and password is your signature. Please refer to page 4 of the ecf user guide for more information. 

  • What are the ecf contact telephone numbers?
    • CM/ECF Registration 
      718-613-2312 Brooklyn and 631-712-6036 Central Islip
    • CM/ECF Filing 
      718-613-2610 Brooklyn and 631-712-6010 Central Islip
    • CM/ECF Training 
      718-613-2312 Brooklyn and 631-712-6011 Central Islip
    • CM/ECF Technical Help Desk 
      718-613-2290
  • What does this error message mean? ERROR: Document contains code which may cause an external action such as launching an application. This PDF document cannot be accepted.

    If your PDF contains any password security, it will not be accepted. All PDF documents which include embedded JavaScript that use the OpenAction syntax will be rejected. Some petition preparation software contains JavaScript to perform calculations which uses OpenAction syntax. If your PDF is rejected, please contact your PDF software vendor or petition preparation vendor and speak with them regarding the use of JavaScript OpenAction syntax. OpenAction JavaScript commands can be used to track those who view a PDF and to install malware and viruses.

  • What does this error message mean? ERROR: Document is not a well-formed PDF document (no further information is available.

    This usually means that there is a typo in the pathname of the pdf. Use the Browse button rather than manually entering the location of the pdf.

  • What does this message mean? NOTICE: If you are not prompted for a pdf, you did not something wrong. Please do not continue with the transaction. If you are prompted for a pdf, then please continue with the transaction....

    The message below is informational. On utility events that create a restriction require that a primary event is also selected.

    NOTICE:
    If you are not prompted for a pdf, you did not something wrong. Please do not continue with the transaction.
    If you are prompted for a pdf, then please continue with the transaction.

    I.E
    If you only select the event
    1 - Exparte Docket Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with primary event selection, you will not be prompted for a pdf and your docket entry will be incomplete.

    If you select
    1 - Exparte Docket Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with primary event selection and Letter, you will be prompted for a pdf and your docket entry will be complete.

     

     

  • What event do I use for a Letter Motion?

    Select the appropriate motion event, then prompted, then on the docket text screen select the pre-text (Letter) from the pull down list.

  • What format are party names entered in NYED cm/ecf?

    Add parties using upper and lower case letters to input names (i.e., “Jane Doe” or “XYZ Corporation”). DO NOT USE ALL CAPS

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