Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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 I update an ecf account from summary nef to per filing nef?

    Send an e-mail request with the attorney’s name and bar code to: sends e-mail)

  • How do I update my contact information on ECF?


    If the attorney is currently appearing on an active case(s): a Notice of Change(Notice of Change of Address/Firm/Email) must be e-filed in each case. Once the Notice of Change(Notice of Change of Address/Firm/Email) has been filed in each case, the account will be updated with the new information and only applied to those cases.

    If no active cases, attorney should re-register on the website to update their contact information.


  • 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 forgot my ecf login id and password, how can I retrieve the information?

    Please re-register for an ecf account.

  • I accidently removed my default pacer login from ecf, how do I get it back?

    First log into ecf with your filing account, click Query, check off box (Make this my default PACER login )and then enter the pacer login and password.

  • I am a government attorney trying to file a pro hac vice motion and it is prompting to pay the filing fee. How do I file the motion and not pay the fee.

    Please contact the ecf registration department at (718) 613-2610.


  • 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 arraignments for filing.