Frequently Asked Questions

Select a frequently asked question category on the left or search for a FAQ using the "Search this Site" box above.

 

  • Can I file my new case by email, by fax or electronically via cm/ecf?

    No, Pro se litigants may not file a new case by email, by fax or electronically via cm/ecf.

  • Can I file my papers electronically?

    Pro se litigants may not file electronically without the judge’s prior approval.  If you would like to electronically file your papers, you must make a written application to the judge and include information regarding your ability to use a computer and what computer access you have.

  • 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.

  • Can I postpone my Jury Duty via email?

    All requests for postponements or excusals must be made IN WRITING no less than 10 DAYS prior to the summons date. Please use the postage-paid envelope provided with your summons and include a copy of your summons along with the request.

  • Can I still be a juror if I am not a citizen, or I am a non-resident,or an attorney?

    Proof must be provided in writing before the summons date. All proof should be accompanied with a copy of the summons and sent to the address on the face of the summons.

  • Can I use Chrome or Opera for ecf or pacer?

    Chrome and Opera does not work with ecf or pacer. Please use the recommended browsers.

    Firefox 15.x
    Internet Explorer 8 and 9.x
    Safari 5.1

  • Can my secretary/paralegal use my ECF Login and Password?

    Yes - however, as the registered Attorney - your name will appear as the signator of the electronically filed document, and all certification responsibilities remain with you, the attorney of record.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do I have to submit a memorandum in support of my voucher?

    If your voucher exceeds the statutory maximum for the type of representation, you must submit a CJA 26 Supplemental Information Statement explaining why the claim is an excess claim. If you do not submit this form, your voucher will be returned to you unprocessed. If the claim is under the statutory limits, there is no need for a CJA 26.

  • Do I have to supply my social security number?

    Yes. To process a voucher for payment, the Administrative Office must have your social security number (16B). The taxpayer or law firm ID number (16C) is required only if you checked "Yes" in 16A. All checks will be made out to you, not the law firm. If your firm is incorporated (16A), a 1099 will be provided to the firm, not to you. 

  • Do I include claims for transcripts on my CJA 20 voucher?

    No. All claims for transcripts must be submitted on a CJA 24 voucher.

  • 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.

  • Do I need to sign my ecf documents and then scan them?

    If your document was created using a word processor software, then it should be printed to pdf. There is no need to print, sign and scan to pdf.  Your ecf login and password is your signature.

  • Do I submit my LIRR receipts?

    No, public transportation is computed automatically. Only parking, bridge EZPass and/or toll receipts are needed. Please print your name, address and summons date on the back of all receipts that you submit.

Pages