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How do I add parties to case I am opening?
See pages (8 and the Appendix) of the attorney case opening manual for that information.
If I use attorney case opening to file my case, do I also need to submit it under e-submission?
No. If you file your case using cm/ecf attorney case opening, you do not need to submit it via e-submission or in paper form.
How do I know which fee status to select?
There are seven choices in this drop-down menu. However, only four of them will be used by attorneys during the electronic case-opening process.
If you plan to pay filing fees online with a credit card through pay.gov at the time of filing, select “pd (Fee Paid)”;
if you are filing an action on behalf of the United States, select “none (no fee required)”;
if you are filing an action in which the fee is waived by statute, select “wv (Fee Waived)”;
if you are filing a motion to proceed informa pauperis, select “IFP Pending”.
How do I know which office code to select?The “Office” drop-down menu provides choices to past and present divisions of the Eastern District.• Brooklyn• Central Islip
[DO NOT select Hauppauge or Uniondale]
The appropriate division for your case is determined by the Court’s Division of Business Rule. (Local Rule 50.1). You may not choose a division based on your personal preference; you must select the division based on your answers to Division of Business questions on Page 2 of the Civil Cover Sheet.
• If you answered (1) “yes” to questions 1 or 2(a) OR (2) “no” to question 2(b) and defendant resides in Nassau or Suffolk County, then select Central Islip from the drop-down menu.• For all other cases - select Brooklyn.
Once you have made your selections for “Office” and “Case Type”; click “Next”.
Who may file using CM/ECF attorney case opening?Effective February 3, 2014, attorneys may electronically open and file civil cases in CM/ECF if the following conditions are met:(1) The attorney has a valid CM/ECF login and password issued by the Eastern District of New York.(2) One of the following is true:• All filing fees will be paid online with a credit card through pay.gov; or• No filing fee is required (i.e., cases filed by the U.S. government or exempted by statute).(3) The attorney is a member of the EDNY bar.(4) No motion for a temporary restraining order or order to show cause accompanies the initiating document.