Frequently Asked Questions
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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 dpi. 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 dpi is recommended.
Gray scale (8-bit) scanned at 300-400 dpi. 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 or photographs. Scanning at 400 dpi is recommended.
Color (24-bit RGB [Red, Green, Blue]) scanned at 300-400 dpi. Color mode (if technically available) is appropriate for text containing color information important to interpretation or content. Scanning at 400 dpi 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. http://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/ecf-usermanual.pdf
I accidently removed my default pacer login from ecf, how do I get it back?
First log into ecf with your filing account, click Query, check off box (Make this my default PACER login )and then enter the pacer login and password.
I have a MAC and I need to know how to select multiple names when filing?
Click on one of the party names and then press and hold the MAC command key and click on the other name(s).
I use a MAC, does Safari work with when filing in ECF?
Safari 5.1 works.
Does mandatory ecf mean that I need to have ecf filing account?
Yes, in order to file and receive emails on cases, you must register for an ecf account.
What event do I use for a motion to appear pro hac vice?
Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice.
I cannot find an event for filing discovery documents what event can I use?
Please refer to Local Rule 5.1 regarding the filing of discovery documents.
Do I need to file my motion to appear pro hac vice for each attorney or can I file it once?
It must be filed for each attorney that wishes to appear pro hac vice. There is a 150.00 fee per pro hac vice application.
What does this error message mean? ERROR: Document contains code which may cause an external action (such as launching an application). This PDF document cannot be accepted.
I have a motion and a memo in support to file, do I docket both as motions?
NO. You can docket the motion and then add the memorandum in support as an attachment or docket the motion and then docket the memorandum in support. Never use the motion events for anything other than a motion.