Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I am having problems viewing a pdf from the ecf notification, it says I do not have permission to view it. How can I view the pdf?

    If you received this login page as a result of a link from a Notice of Electronic Filing email:
    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.

    If you have trouble viewing a document:
    After successful entry of your CM/ECF login, you should be able to view the document. If you receive the message "You do not have permission to view this document," viewing the document is restricted to attorneys of record in the case and the system does not recognize you as such. If the login prompt appears again, after you have entered your CM/ECF login and password, it means that the "free look" link has expired. You will need to enter your PACER login and password to view the document. 

  • Who do I contact on scheduling the use of a room for a deposition?

    Contact the District Executive office at (718) 613-2263

  • I cannot locate the cm/ecf event listing, where is it now located?

    The event listing is no longer available.

    To search for an event:

    Login to cm/ecf, click Search on the menu bar and type in part of the name of the event you are looking for.

  • 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.

  • What is a "Default Pacer Account"?

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

  • I was unable to print the pdf for my attorney admission submission, is there another way of printing it.


    Try updating your previosuly entered information. 

        - select 'Update My Previously Entered Information' option from the Application for Admission to Practice page or click here;
        - enter your first and last names, barcode, and Zip Code of your office(firm) location;
        - press button 'Submit'.
    Form populated with previously entered data will appear on your screen.
        - make necessary changes;
        - press button 'UPDATE'.
    Completed Petition for Admission will be displayed on your screen in a new browser window. 
    Print this form and submit it by mail to the direct attention of the Attorney Admission Clerk at whichever location (Brooklyn or Central Islip) is more convenient to yourself and sponsor.
    If you are still having problems printing the form, contact the appropriate attorney admissions location and a clerk will email you the completed form.
    Brooklyn  718-613-2285
    Central Islip 631-712-6030


  • How do I file a sealed answer to a complaint that is not sealed?
    • Docket the Answer to Complaint event attach ( with a redacted pdf(s))
    • Docket the Sealed Answer as (1 - Sealed Docket Entry and Document  - to be used......and Unredacted Document).
  • 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.

  • Who do I contact if the person at the CM/ECF Registration Help Desk is out of the office.

    Please contact the Clerks Office at (718) 613-2590.

  • Who do I contact if I only receive a confirmation of my application for an ecf account.

    Processing of CM/ECF accounts takes 1 business day. If more than one has passed, then contact the CM/ECF Registration Help Desk (718) 613-2312.