Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
The name/address on my summons is wrong. What do I need to do?
Please Update your address on the Juror Response Form at the bottom of your summons, and mail the form back to the court as soon as possible.
What are the appropriate settings for my scanner when preparing a document for filing on CM/ECF?
Scanned documents filed via CM/ECF must meet NARA Acceptable IMage Quality Specifications:
Scanned images of textual records transferred to NARA must meet the following minimum requirements for scanning resolution and pixel (bit) depth to support archival preservation and continued use.Bitonal (1-bit) scanned at 300-600 ppi.This is appropriate for documents that consist exclusively of clean printed type possessing high inherent contrast (e.g., laser printed or typeset on a white background). Scanning at 600 ppi is recommended.Gray scale (8-bit) scanned at 300-400 ppi.This is appropriate for textual documents of poor legibility because of low inherent contrast, staining or fading (e.g., carbon copies, thermofax, or documents with handwritten annotations or other markings), or that contain halftone illustrations orphotographs. Scanning at 400 ppi is recommended.Color (24-bit RGB [Red, Green, Blue]) scanned at 300-400 ppi.Color mode (if technically available) is appropriate for text containing color information important to interpretation or content. Scanning at 400 ppi is recommended.
If your document was created using a word processor, then it should be printed to pdf. Do not print, scan and pdf your document. Your ecf login and password is your signature. Please refer to page 4 of the ecf user guide for more information.
What are the ecf contact telephone numbers?
718-613-2312 Brooklyn and 631-712-6036 Central Islip
718-613-2610 Brooklyn and 631-712-6010 Central Islip
718-613-2312 Brooklyn and 631-712-6011 Central Islip
CM/ECF Technical Help Desk
- CM/ECF Registration
What are the operating hours for the court?
The court is open 8:30AM to 5:00PM on Monday - Friday, except for Federal Holidays. Last admittance to the Clerk's Office is 4:45.
What do I do after the first day of jury service?
After you have reported for jury service, you will be given detailed instructions as to what you should do. Federal Jury Duty is two-week telephone standby. Please do not come to the court unless you have been chosen for a case or the automated telephone instructions instruct you to do so.
What do I do if I get picked as a juror for a trial?
Write down the instructions that the Judge gives you. Make note of the Judge's name, courtroom and time you are to report and name of the case. There will be a sign-in sheet on the table in the jury office each day that you are to report for the trial. Please sign-in - EVERYDAY - -so that you will be given credit and paid for reporting that day.
What do I do if I served as a juror in another courthouse?
If you served any time within the past two (2) years, you must contact (or go to) that courthouse where you previously served and get proof that you served.
What do I need to appeal my case?
You need: Original Notice of Appeal 2 copies. The Fee is $505.00 (which includes docketing the appeal). You may pay by check,money order, or credit card, if the credit card is registered with the Clerk's Office Mail copy of Notice of Appeal to all parties.
Contact Appeals Section at (718) 260-2310 in Brooklyn and (631) 712-6000 in Central Islip, for more Appeals information
What do I need to reveal before I am selected as a juror for a case?
Do not wait until you are selected on a trial to reveal that you are:
-a full time student
-an ill person with medical problems
-have plane tickets scheduled within a week''s time -have a recent criminal record
-do not speak enough English to understand what is being said in court
-you are a full-time mother with no means of child support after the first day of service
What does it mean to appear pro se?
"Pro se"- Latin for self or "in one’s own behalf." Although the majority of individuals, also known as "litigants" or "parties", appearing before this court, are represented by attorneys, a small percentage appears pro se. Litigants or parties representing themselves in court without the assistance of an attorney are known as pro se litigants.