Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What will happen if I click on Remove Default PACER in CM/ECF?

    The utility only removes the link between the current CM/ECF user account and the associated default PACER account. 

  • When I attempt to register for an account I get the message that I already submitted a ECF registration form. Who do I contact to resolve this?

    Please contact the CM/ECF Registration Help Desk(link sends e-mail) or one of these numbers:

    (718) 613-2312

    (718) 613-2576 

    (718) 613-2588


  • When I login to ecf to file I do not see the civil and criminal options why?

    If you do not see the civil and criminal options, click the logout button and relogin with your ecf filing account and not your pacer account.

  • When I receive a NEF on a consolidated case, am I only getting one free look when I click on a document number. Should I be getting a free look on the cases that I am on?

    Since the case is consolidated, you will only get one free look when you click on the document number for the first case number listed, which is the lead case number. If you click on any of the other document numbers for the member cases, you maybe charged pacer fees.

    It is suggested that you always click on the document numbe for the lead case and save/print the pdf.


  • When I search by Judge name for an opinion, there are only a few or none listed. Is there a problem with the website?


    The Eastern District of New York offers a limited database of opinions for the years 1999 to 2013, listed by year and judge.
    If you cannot locate an opinion on our website, please login to our pacer site with your pacer login and password or access the GPO FDsys website.

  • Where can I find a list of events for ecf filing?

    For attorneys, the civil and criminal list are located at:

    For pro se filers, the civil list is located at:


    You can also use the Search feature on the cm/ecf menu bar to look for events.

  • Where can I find information on how to update an attorney's ecf account?

    Information can be found on the ECF Quick Reference Sheet for Attorneys.

  • Where can I find the civil summons form?

    The form is located on the United States Courts website.

  • Where can I find the form for Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge

    The instructions and form is located under forms and instructions - ecf instructions.

  • Where can I locate the transcript rates?

    The transcript rates are located on the transcript information page.

  • Where do I claim mileage and parking expenses on the CJA voucher?

    Both mileage and parking are to be claimed as travel expenses. 

  • 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.

  • Which browsers work with CM/ECF?
    Internet Explorer
    7, 8 or 9
    Mozilla Firefox
  • 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)


  • Who can serve my summons and complaint?

    Anyone over the age of 18 years who is not a party to the lawsuit can serve the summons and complaint.  Professional process servers, typically listed in the telephone book, may be hired to serve the summons and complaint.  Fees and costs vary with each server.  A cost-savings alternative is to have a trusted family member or friend who is over 18 years old serve your summons and complaint.  If you do not use a professional process server, you should carefully read Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to determine the method by which service must be made. Rule 4 also permits service to be made under New York Law. If your application to waive the filing fee was granted and you have in forma pauperis status, you also have the option of having the United States Marshal Service serve your summons and complaint free of charge.  Please note that even if you have been granted in forma pauperis status, you need not use the Marshal Service for serving your summons and complaint.  If is frequently quicker to arrange for the service on your own.