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I am looking up a case number in ecf/pacer and I get this message - Cannot find case. How can I obtain information for this case?
Records Management at (718) 613-2265 or (718) 613-2645.
I am opening a case and have voluminous parties to enter, how do I add them?
Open the case following the instructions in the attorney case opening manual.
Use the event (~Util - Add Parties) to add the voluminous parties. When all parties have been entered, then docket your initiating event.
On the filer selection screen; click the (NEW FILER) button.
Search for the party; when prompted select the match ( Select Party) or if no match click on (Create New Party); then select ( Add Party) button.
I am receiving an error message while trying to file a satisfaction of judgment, who do I contact to correct the error?
When attempting to docket to a satisfaction of judgment and you receive this error:
Update judgment information No Judgments For Case
Please contact the appropriate docketing office.
Brooklyn (718) 613-2610
Central Islip (631) 712-6010.
I am trying to add an attorney to a case, what does this docket text mean (notification declined or already on case)?The docket text (notification declined or already on case), means:either the notification option was de-selected(notification declined) or the attorney is already representing party(s) on the case (already on case).
I am trying to file a restricted docket entry/pdf and I am not being prompted for the pdf. How do I file?
You must chose the primary event and the restricted utililty event.
1 -Exparte Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with primary event selection
Notice of Settlement
1 -Exparte Docket Entry and Document - to be used ONLY in conjunction with primary event selection
Withdraw as Attorney
More information on filing is located here.
I am trying to file something under seal but I am receiving an error message SortDPF Failed what am I doing wrong?
Click here to review the sealed filing instructions for civil and criminal.
I am unsure what event code to use for a filing, is there someone I can contact to check on the correct code to use?
You can contact the docketing department. For Brooklyn cases (718 613-2610), for Long Island cases (631-712-6010).
I cannot find an event for filing discovery documents what event can I use?
Please refer to Local Rule 5.1 regarding the filing of discovery documents.
I cannot locate the cm/ecf event listing, where is it now located?
The event listing is no longer available.
To search for an event:
Login to cm/ecf, click Search on the menu bar and type in part of the name of the event you are looking for.
I did not pay the appeal filing fee when the notice of appeal was filed. How do I pay the fee now?
Please contact an appeals clerk for assistance.
Brooklyn (718) 613-2610
Central Islip (631) 712-6010
I discovered that my client has some assets and I want to be retained. What do I do?
Pursuant to the Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures, Vol. VII, Section 2.22 E., no appointed attorney shall accept a payment from or on behalf of the person represented without authorization by the court on a CJA 7 Form. If your client wants to retain you, you must file a motion with the court to be allowed to do this. Your client may also be expected to repay the CJA fund for costs associated with your representation prior to being retained.
I filed a case and now when I click on the document number on the notification I get this error 'Cannot locate the case with caseid #####", how do I fix this?
The error "Cannot locate the case with caseid #####", usually means that the case had extensive errors and is in the process of being corrected before a Judge is assigned.
Please follow-up with the appropriate office:Brooklyn (718) 804-2722Central Islip (631) 712-6030
I filled out a fillable form, but it will not save. How can I correct this?
Download the fillable form to your pc, launch adobe and open the form. Fill it out and save it.
I have a MAC and I need to know how to select multiple names when filing?
Click on one of the party names and then press and hold the MAC command key and click on the other name(s).
I have a MAC, can I still participate in ECF?