Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What if I fail to appear?

    Unless you receive a notice from this Court granting you an excuse or postponement, or unless the Court notifies you in writing or by phone to report at a different time, you must attend as directed in the summons.

    Failure to obey the summons may be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

  • Is there a dress code for jurors?

    Proper court attire is mandatory. No jeans, shorts, tank tops, sweats or other very casual attire is permitted. Dress "business casual" or "business" for your appearance.

  • What is the turnaround time from the online submission to the case being assigned and opened in ecf?

    Up to 5 Business Days

  • What will happen if the fee is not paid within seven (7) days?

    The court may enter an order dismissing your case.

  • How much time do I have to pay the case filing fee?

    After the case has been opened, you will receive an electronic notification via ECF, the fee must be paid within seven (7) days.

  • If I submit a case for filing today and it is opened days later, what will be the case filing date?

    The case filed date is the date the files were submitted, not when the case was assigned and opened in ecf.

  • Do I need to sign and then scan the civil cover sheet and complaint, petition or notice of removal?

    No signature is needed, but it is necessary that the attorney’s name and email address on the online submission form match the name on the documents.

  • I am an attorney that is not registered in the Eastern District of New York, can I still use the new case online submission form?

    No, were are currently only accepting online submissions from NYED registered attorneys.

  • How do I pay the civil case filing fee and docket the receipt on CM/ECF for an e-submission case?

    Log into to ecf and docket the event “Civil Case Filing Fee”, it is located under Civil - Other Documents. You will prompted to pay case filing fee by credit card via

    During the filing of the fee, please avoid navigating the site using your browsers Back Button, this may lead to incomplete data being transmitted and pages being loaded incorrectly. Please use the links whenever possible.

    After the payment has been processed you will return to the ecf filing screen to complete your filing.

    If you are not returned to complete the ecf filing, you did something wrong and need to contact the court.

  • I am filing pro se but I am also an attorney, can I still use the new case online submission form?

    No, it is only available for counseled cases at this time.