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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I obtain copies of documents that are not available on Pacer?

    Please contact the Records Management at (718) 613-2265 or (718) 613-2645. 

  • How do I obtain Immigration and Naturalization records and related information?

    Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:http://uscis.gov official website of the Department of Homeland Security, or contact Immigration Information 1800-375-5283 for any Immigration related question.

  • How do I obtain information (such as party names, attorneys, case number, judge assigned to the case and the status) for a case?
    Computer Access
     
    Electronic case summaries and docket information may be viewed through the court's Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system. A PACER account is required. Visit the PACER website to register (www.pacer.gov).
     
    In Person
     
    In the Clerk's Office of the Brooklyn and Central Islip courthouses, public terminals are available at which members of the public may look up case information and view and print case documents. These are available during the hours the Clerk's Office is open. 
  • How do I remove an attorney from a case?

    Local rule 1.4. provides in pertinent part that an" attorney who has appeared as attorney of record for a party may be relieved or displaced only by an order of the Court . . . ."  Accordingly, court approval is needed to substitute one attorney for another attorney who has appeared, even if from the same law firm (because individual attorneys, not law firms, appear as counsel of record).  In many instances where one attorney at a firm is being removed while one or more other attorneys at the same firm continue to represent a party, a simply letter motion to the magistrate judge explaining why the attorney should be removed (e.g., has left the firm) is sufficient.

     

     

  • How do I substitute an attorney from the same law firm on a case?

    Local rule 1.4. provides in pertinent part that an" attorney who has appeared as attorney of record for a party may be relieved or displaced only by an order of the Court . . . ."  Accordingly, court approval is needed to substitute one attorney for another attorney who has appeared, even if from the same law firm (because individual attorneys, not law firms, appear as counsel of record).  In many instances where one attorney at a firm is being removed while one or more other attorneys at the same firm continue to represent a party, a simply letter motion to the magistrate judge explaining why the attorney should be removed (e.g., has left the firm) is sufficient.

     

     

     

     

  • How do we stop notifications for an attorney on a case where the party has been dismissed/settled?

    File a notice on the case asking for the attorney to be terminated from case notifications.

  • How far back does the PACER database go with records for the US District Court - EDNY?

    For Civil Cases: All cases filed or reopened on or after January 1, 1990, and all PENDING cases filed prior to that date.

    For Criminal and Magistrate Cases: All cases filed or reopened on or after July 15, 1991, and all PENDING cases filed or reopened prior to that date.

  • How long is it going to take for me to get my money?

    We are required to audit all claims, which involves going through every expense and compensation claim. If your voucher is fairly simple, it will take less time to process. The more complicated the voucher, the more time it will take to audit. Claims can take from a few weeks to several weeks to be paid, depending on the complexity and on whether or not the voucher has to be sent to the circuit for additional approval (all excess compensation claims).

  • How many days is the first free view on a NEF?

    This free view is only available during the first 15 days after the docket entry is made.

  • I am a pro se filer trying to file something under seal and I am receiving this error message - You are not authorized to seal an entry or document.

    Please contact the court (718) 613-2610 or (631) 712-6010 to make arrangements for filing.

  • I am adding a party to a civil case, do I need to enter an email address for the party?

    No, parties do not need email addresses added.

  • I am adding a party to a civil case, do I need update "Notice" from yes to no?

    Yes, you can update it to no. 

  • I am admitted Pro Hac Vice with filing access; I am now attempting to apply for full admission and I do not see the option under Pacer. How do apply for admission?

    Contact the Clerks Office to unlink your central sign on pro hac vice account. Once unlinked, log back into pacer and apply for full admission.

    Brooklyn (718) 613-2285
    Central Islip (631) 712-6030

  • I am an Assistant U.S. Attorney; must I apply for admission?

    No. You do not have to apply for admission, but if you leave the DOJ and enter private practice, you must apply for regular or pro hac vice admission.

  • I am an attorney for a federal agency other than the DOJ; must I apply for pro hac vice admission?

    Yes, but your fee is waived and your Certificate of Good Standing may be issued within one year of filing.

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