Frequently Asked Questions
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Who do I contact if I lost my ECF password or think it has been compromised?
If you have lost your CM/ECF password or the password you recall does not work, you can request a new password by clicking here or change your password by logging into ECF with your ecf account, click on Utilities and select "Maintain Your Password".
How do I register for a PACER Account?
Go to http://www.pacer.uscourts.gov -- Click on Registration Icon. Call Pacer Service Center at (800)676-6856 or (210)301-6440 for more information. Beginning in January 2004,instant and free registration is available online.
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.
If I receive a jury summons and have already served, what do I do?
If you have served within the past two years, send the court that has summonsed you a copy of the proof of service or certificate of attendance you received from the court you served at. However, if you were only a telephone standby juror, and never had to physically appear for jury service, you may still be eligible to serve at the court who is summoning you to appear now.
How do I get reimbursed for tolls on the way to court for jury service if I use EZ-Pass?
When you receive your monthly bill, itemize the days in which you served at the court and mail it in. Make sure you include your name, address, and summons date on the receipt.
What do I need to reveal before I am selected as a juror for a case?
Do not wait until you are selected on a trial to reveal that you are:
-a full time student
-an ill person with medical problems
-have plane tickets scheduled within a week''s time -have a recent criminal record
-do not speak enough English to understand what is being said in court
-you are a full-time mother with no means of child support after the first day of service
Do I cash the check and give my employer the base payment for each day I serve as a juror or do I have to give the entire check?
Your employer is not entitled to the travel expenses incurred during your term of service.
Can I postpone my jury duty or get excused via e-mail?
We do not accept postponements or excusals via email. Please contact the Jury Office at (800) 587-6775 for further information.
Do I get a separate check for my jury service and travel expenses?
There will only be one check, covering your travel expenses and jury service fees, and it will be mailed directly to you.
What do I do if I get picked as a juror for a trial?
Write down the instructions that the Judge gives you. Make note of the Judge's name, courtroom and time you are to report and name of the case. There will be a sign-in sheet on the table in the jury office each day that you are to report for the trial. Please sign-in - EVERYDAY - -so that you will be given credit and paid for reporting that day.