Frequently Asked Questions

Select a frequently asked question category on the left or search for a FAQ using the "Search this Site" box above.


  • Do I need to sign my ecf documents and then scan them?

    If your document was created using a word processor software, then it should be printed to pdf. There is no need to print, sign and scan to pdf.  Your ecf login and password is your signature.

  • How do I e-file on a Criminal case?

    A video tutorial on how to file on a criminal case is located on the Pacer site at :


  • How do I go about requesting attorney admission information?

    Please contact the court at (718) 613-2285 or (631) 712-6030

  • How do I know which EDNY courthouse has my case file?

    There are two Eastern District Courthouse locations: Brooklyn and Central Islip. Case files are available at the courthouse where the Judge assigned to the case is located. Call Intake Section for name of Judge OR check the Docket Sheet on Pacer (to register for an account, go to website at or call the Pacer Service Center at (800)676-6856 or (210)301-6440.)

    Even if the Judge listed in Central Islip, there is a chance that the file is in Brooklyn. It is best to call the CI courthouse before traveling.

  • Which documents are needed to open a civil case in the federal court in the Eastern District?

    1. EDNY Civil Cover Sheet- available on the website 2. Two copies of the Complaint 3. If Needed: Notice Of Removal/Transfer Documents 4. If Needed: Summons, Order to Show Cause, Temporary Restraining Order 5. Fee of $400.00 (by Check, Money Order or Credit Card)


  • How do I obtain Immigration and Naturalization records and related information?

    Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website: official website of the Department of Homeland Security, or contact Immigration Information 1800-375-5283 for any Immigration related question.

  • Where do I obtain a copy of a Bankruptcy file for the Eastern District of New York?

    Contact the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York Web Address: Phone: (718) 330-2188 - Brooklyn - or (631) 712-6281 - Central Islip.

  • 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 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

  • How can I view pdfs from a NEF on a MAC?

    To view pdf's from the NEF, please use Safari from your email or install the mozilla add-on (Firefox PDF Plugin for MAC OS X).