Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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).

  • I am using Internet Explorer 10/11 and I am having problems accessing ecf, how do I correct this?

    Internet Explorer 10 and 11 does not work with cm/ecf V6.1, you can un-install, and install IE 9 or  use Mozilla version 15.x.

  • How do I add additional E-Mail address to my ECF account for notifications?

    Send an e-mail request with the email addresses, the attorney’s name on the account and the attorneys bar code

  • 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.

  • I receive this error SortDPF failed Seal(entry,silent) when trying to file a sealed entry - why?

    When filing sealed in ecf, you must select a primary event and then select one of the sealed utility events. Example: Rule 56.1 Statement and 1 - Sealed Entry AND Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with other selection.