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Frequently Asked Questions
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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 is someone selected for jury duty?
Every two years, in the year following a federal election, the rolls of voters from each county in the Eastern District of New York are used together with a list from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles from the same counties to create a master list of potential jurors within the District. A random selection of names from that master list is drawn from as jurors are needed by the Court. If you received a questionnaire or summons then you appear on one of these lists.
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 long will I be here today for jury selections?
Depending on when all jury selections have been completed, in most cases, you will be released before 5:00pm.
How long will it take to get a certificate of attendance?
Proof of service showing each day you reported will be mailed immediately at the end of your term of service.
How long will it take to get my jury service check?
Your check should be mailed to you in less than 8 weeks.
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.
How will you know I live in a two-fare zone?
Payment is computed automatically by your zip code.
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 an attorney 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 at (718) 613-2610 or (631) 712-6010 to have your access on the case(s) updated.
I am filing a Rule 7.1 disclosure statement, what event do I use?
Corporate Disclosure Statement
I am listed on a case, but am not receiving the notices. How can I resolve this?
Please ensure that under your name on the docket is says (ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED).
If is does not, then contact the appropriate office Brooklyn (718 613-2610) or Central Islip (631 712-6010) with the case number so noticing can be updated.
I am looking for the courts forms, where are they now located?
All forms are now located under the main tab Forms and Instructions.