Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I register for an ECF account?

    Click here for the online ecf login and password registration form.

  • If I have an ECF filing account in another District, will it work in the EDNY?

    No, you must register in each ecf court.

  • Are there any special settings for file sizes in Adobe 6.0?

    Yes, please read the below recommendations.


    1. Reminder: do not use the PDF Creator that is a part of the Corel Suite.
    2. Set Adobe PDF Writer as the default printer BEFORE opening the document.
    3. Before printing, perform a "File --> Save As" and save the document as a normal document. This cleans the document and gets rid of any embedded code that might be lingering due to editing, but that is not visible in the actual document.
    4. Minimize the number of different fonts used in the document. We suggest you set the default font to Courier (NOT Courier New or Times New Roman or any other TrueType font). So far, tests have shown that using True Type fonts drastically increases the size of the document. Set the default font by going to "File --> Document --> Default Font."
    5. The CM/ECF Project Team recommends a 200x200 dpi resolution. A higher resolution appears to dramatically increase the file size. Because Adobe Acrobat is often used for publishing, some of the standard settings have a 1200x1200 resolution.
    6. When you print the document, click on the "Details" tab in the "Print" window, change the "Resolution" to "200x200," then un-check the following check boxes (if they were checked when you entered the window): "Print in color" and "Print text only." Note: this hint does not apply to WordPerfect 10 users who do not have the "Details" tab.
  • I have a MAC, can I still participate in ECF?


  • I am a registered ECF Attorney - in order to view the docket sheet for my cases - do I need a PACER account as well?

    YES. ECF is for FILING only. PACER is for VIEWING and PRINTING.

  • Whom do I call regarding CM/ECF software requirements?

    Call the Systems Department Help Desk at (718)613-2290

  • Is there a way to limit the number of e-mail notifications (NEFs) received per day by an Attorney?

    Counsel has the option to receive an e-mail as each filing is made, or to receive only one summary listing of all e-filings at the end of each day. To request a change in this option, send e-mail to

    Whichever option is selected, Counsel must check e-mail notification for document filings and other case-related information.

  • How do I access an ECF case docket sheet online with PACER?

    Go to Court Website - - Then to Live ECF/PACER Database; Enter PACER login and password; Click on Reports; Click on Docket Sheet - enter case number. To register for a PACER Account: Go to Pacer Website: OR Call Pacer Service Center - (800)676-6856 or (210)301-6440

  • Who do I call to get help with Procedural or Operational issues?

    In Brooklyn, call Operations Department at (718)613-2610 or 2330 In Central Islip - call Operations Department at (631) 712-6010, or 6011

  • What are the software requirements for CMECF/PACER?

    1. Internet Connection
    2. Browser (Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9; Mozilla 15.x or Safari 5.1)
    3. Adobe Acrobat (needed for conversion to pdf files and viewing pdfs.