Frequently Asked Questions
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Why when I click on E-Filing it sometimes automatically logins me into pacer?
You may have previously logged into pacer and did not click on the "logout" button. If you click on the "Logout" button you will be presented with the login page.
How do I update my contact information on ECF?If the attorney is currently appearing on an active case(s): a Notice of Change must be e-filed in each case. Once the Notice of Change has been filed in each case, the account will be updated with the new information and only applied to those cases.
If no active cases, attorney should re-register on the website to update their contact information.
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.
Where can I find the form for Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge
The instructions and form is located under forms and instructions - ecf instructions.
How can I display my previously entered information for the online attorney admissions application?
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.
Internet Explorer 8 and 9.x
Does the AOL browser work with ECF?
No, try using Internet Explorer 8 or 9 or Mozilla Firefox 15.x.
I received a NEF for an entry but when I click on the pdf, I receive this message "Document Under Seal". Why cannot I see the pdf?
You cannot see the pdf because it is sealed. Sealed pdfs are only viewable to the court.
I represent multiple parties in a case. How do I select them from the Pick Filer list?If all of the parties are listed together you can left click(pc) or command key (mac) to select the name of the first person, continue to hold the left mouse down, then scroll and select all other parties. You can also left click(pc) or command key(mac) to select the name of the first person, hold the shift key and left click(pc) or command key(mac) to select the name of the last person. This will select all parties between the two (2) names.If the parties are not listed together you can left click(pc) or command key(mac) to select the name of the first person, hold the control key, and continue to left click(pc) or command key (mac) to select the other party names. Once all parties have been selected, you can release the control key.
I have logged into CM/ECF but I do not have any events to select for filing. What’s wrong?Look at the blue menu bar.If you see Civil, Criminal, Query, Reports, Utilities, Search and Logout, click on either the Civil or Criminal tab for a list of filing events.If you see Query, Reports, Utilities and Logout, you have used your PACER login and password, which only allows a user to view documents and reports. Click Logout and enter the filing login and password. The options on the menu bar should change.