Frequently Asked Questions
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What if I am not able to comply with the Judges ECF mandate for my case?
As of August 2, 2004, electronic case filing is mandatory for all civil cases and all criminal cases.
What if I fail to appear?
Unless you receive a notice from this Court granting you an excuse or postponement, or unless the Court notifies you in writing or by phone to report at a different time, you must attend as directed in the summons.
Failure to obey the summons may be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
What if I make a mistake and need to change an answer?Once the form is completed, PRIOR to submission, you will have the opportunity to edit your answers. Prior to submission you can print out your answers for your records. ONCE YOU SUBMIT TO THE COURT, ANSWERS CAN NOT BE CHANGED.
What if I need to submit additional information?
If you need to send additional information, you can send it to the Court location address that is listed on your form to the attention of the Jury Department.
What information do I need to complete my questionnaire online?You will need the nine digit participant number above your name on the questionnaire, the first three letters of your last name and your birth date to login to the system and complete the form.
What is a "Default Pacer Account"?
It is a link between the current CM/ECF user account and the associated default PACER account.
What is a Report and Recommendation?
A District Judge may refer the case to the Magistrate Judge to handle during different parts of the litigation. For instance, a District Judge may refer the case to the Magistrate Judge to handle all pretrial issues relating to discovery. In addition, the parties may consent to have the entire case handled by the magistrate judge. In such cases, the district judge will take no part in the case.
What is an attorney's barcode?
The NYED barcode consists of the first and last initial of the attorneys name and the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number.
What is the current pay rate for CJA Attorneys?
The hourly CJA compensation rates are determined by the date and the type of work performed.
What is the difference between "Per filing" and "Summary" NEF?
Per Filing, an email will be sent for each individual NEF.
Summary Report, one daily summary email notice that lists all the filings for that day will be sent the next day.
What is the difference between events Sealed Docket Entry AND Document and Sealed Document?
The selection of 1 - Sealed Docket Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection will seal the docket entry, the document, and prevent a NEF from being generated to counsel and case participants.
The selection of 1 - Sealed Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection will make the docket text for the entry a public event and will generate a NEF to all counsel and case participants. If the disclosure of the docket text should not be public please use 1 - Sealed Docket Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection.
What is the difference between using ECF and Pacer and why are there different passwords for each?
ECF is for FILING documents electronically via the internet.The login and password needed for ECF is assigned by the Court. Each Attorney needs a separate account as it is their electronic signature.
PACER is for viewing filed documents and Docket Sheets.
What is the file size limit for pdfs?
20mb per pdf.
What is the format for entering a dollar demand?
Demand ($000): Enter the dollar amount to the nearest thousand with no punctuation. That is, if the complaint asserts damages in the amount of $75,000, enter “75”; if the complaint asserts damages in the amount of $5,000,000 enter “5000”. The smallest amount which can be entered is “1” (for $1,000.00). Round up or down as needed to the nearest thousand (e.g., $750.00 = 1; $1,498.56 = 1; $25,501.99 = 26). If no specific dollar amount is demanded in the complaint, leave this field blank.
What is the format for entering telephone number on the ecf registration screen?