Frequently Asked Questions
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If CM/ECF is down and I cannot file something that is time sensitive, is there a provision for delayed filings?
Please refer to Administrative Order 97-12, section 10.
If I complete my questionnaire online, do I submit the paper form to the court?
No. If you have completed and submitted your form through eJuror, please do not send the paper form back to the Court. Prior to submitting your completed questionnaire, you can print the information if you would like a copy for your records.
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.
If I receive a jury summons and have already served, what do I do?
If you have served within the past two years, send the court that has summonsed you a copy of the proof of service or certificate of attendance you received from the court you served at. However, if you were only a telephone standby juror, and never had to physically appear for jury service, you may still be eligible to serve at the court who is summoning you to appear now.
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 there a dress code for jurors?
Proper court attire is mandatory. No jeans, shorts, tank tops, sweats or other very casual attire is permitted. Dress "business casual" or "business" for your appearance.
Is there a way to limit the number of e-mail notifications (NEFs) received per day by an Attorney?
Counsel has the option to receive an e-mail as each filing is made, or to receive only one summary listing of all e-filings at the end of each day. To request a change in this option, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whichever option is selected, Counsel must check e-mail notification for document filings and other case-related information.
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.
My case is now on appeal. Do I continue to submit my vouchers to the District Court for processing?
No. Vouchers for all appellate work should be mailed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007.
My client needs clothes, a haircut and personal items so s/he looks presentable when appearing at court. I already purchased them and would like to be reimbursed. Can I claim these as expenses on my voucher?
No. These are items of a personal nature and are not reimbursable under the Criminal Justice Act.
My client was involved in two separate cases. Can I submit one voucher including both case numbers?
No. Separate vouchers/worksheets are required for each case.
My corporation has been sued, can I file papers in Court on behalf of the corporation?
No. Only individuals can appear pro se In other words, a person who is not an attorney may appear pro se but may not represent a corporation, even if the person is the sole owner of the corporation. The corporation must be represented by a lawyer.
My papers are due today, but I can't get to the courthouse until after 5:00pm, what can I do?
If you cannot submit your papers during the Court’s normal business hours, you may place them in the District Court’s Night Deposit Box located near Security in the lobby of the Courthouse. You must have the papers date and time stamped at the machine near Security. So long as the papers are stamped on or before 11:59pm, they will be deemed submitted on that date. If the papers are stamped at 12:00am (midnight) or later, they will be deemed submitted the next day.
The complaint that I filed was signed by multiple attorneys, however it only added my name. How do I go about adding the other attorneys to the case?
Associating the Filing Attorney with the Filing Party Once you have identified the party filing the case-initiating document, you must identify the attorney who represents that party. However, your options are limited.
At case opening, the system allows only the attorney whose CM/ECF login and password are being used to file the case-initiating document to be associated with the case.
Once the case-initiating document is filed, additional attorneys who wish to appear on the docket as counsel of record may file a “Notice of Appearance” after the judge assignment has been completed by the Clerk’s Office.