FAQs: CM_ECF

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  • What if I am not able to comply with the Judges ECF mandate for my case?

    As of August 2, 2004, electronic case filing is mandatory for all civil cases and all criminal cases.

  • What is a "Default Pacer Account"?

    It is a link between the current CM/ECF user account and the associated default PACER account.

  • What is the difference between events Sealed Docket Entry AND Document and Sealed Document?

    The selection of 1 - Sealed Docket Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection will seal the docket entry, the document, and prevent a NEF from being generated to counsel and case participants.

    The selection of 1 - Sealed Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection will make the docket text for the entry a public event and will generate a NEF to all counsel and case participants. If the disclosure of the docket text should not be public please use 1 - Sealed Docket Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection.

  • What is the difference between using ECF and Pacer and why are there different passwords for each?

    ECF is for FILING documents electronically via the internet.The login and password needed for ECF is assigned by the Court. Each Attorney needs a separate account as it is their electronic signature.
    PACER is for viewing filed documents and Docket Sheets.

  • What is the file size limit for pdfs?

    20mb per pdf.

  • What is the format for entering telephone number on the ecf registration screen?

    123-456-7890

    or

    (123)456-6780

  • What login id do I use when I click on the document link in my ecf notification of electronic filing?

    Enter your CM/ECF filer login and password. The system prompts customers for a CM/ECF login and password when attempting to view certain types of documents.

  • What privacy settings should I have set for Mozilla?

    Open Mozilla 15.x), click on Tools - Options- Privacy
    Select (Use custom setting for history)
    check off:
    Remember my browsing history
    Remember download history
    Remember search and form history

    Select ( Accept cookies from sites)
    check off:
    Accept third-party cookies
    select  Keep until (I close firefox)

    Select (Clear history when firefox closes)

    Click on (Settings) button
    Under History check off:
    Browsing History
    Download History
    Form & Search History
    Cookie
    Active Logins
    Cache

    Click OK

    Click OK

    Close all sessions of Mozilla

     

     

     

     

  • What settings should I have set for Internet Explorer?

    Open IE, (7 or 8), click on General Tab

    Under Browsing History
    check off (Delete browsing History on exit)
    click on (Settings)
    select (Everytime I visit the webpage)
    click on (Delete)
    check off:
    Temporary Internet Files
    Cookie
    History
     

    Click Delete

    Click OK

    Click OK

    Close all sessions of IE.

     

     

     

     

  • What will happen if I click on Remove Default PACER in CM/ECF?

    The utility only removes the link between the current CM/ECF user account and the associated default PACER account. 

  • When I login to ecf to file I do not see the civil and criminal options why?

    If you do not see the civil and criminal options, click the logout button and relogin with your ecf filing account and not your pacer account.

  • When I receive a NEF on a consolidated case, am I only getting one free look when I click on a document number. Should I be getting a free look on the cases that I am on?

    Since the case is consolidated, you will only get one free look when you click on the document number for the first case number listed, which is the lead case number. If you click on any of the other document numbers for the member cases, you maybe charged pacer fees.

    It is suggested that you always click on the document numbe for the lead case and save/print the pdf.

     

  • When I search by Judge name for an opinion, there are only a few or none listed. Is there a problem with the website?

     

    The Eastern District of New York offers a limited database of opinions for the years 1999 to 2013, listed by year and judge.
    If you cannot locate an opinion on our website, please login to our pacer site with your pacer login and password or access the GPO FDsys website.

  • When I’m filing a PDF document I get an error message saying the PDF document may be malformed or the PDF document is damaged. What should I do?
    You should try to re-create the PDF by using:
    File
    Print selecting the PDF software as the printer process to create the PDF.
    If you still have difficulty creating the PDF document, you should contact your technical support local computer administrator for assistance.
  • Where can I find a list of events for ecf filing?

    For attorneys, the civil and criminal list are located at:
    Civil
    Criminal

    For pro se filers, the civil list is located at:

    Civil

    You can also use the Search feature on the cm/ecf menu bar to look for events.

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