Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I scanned a pdf and filed it in ecf and now I get an "Out of Memory error" message, how do I correct this?

    ***Check for updates to your scanner software, this may prevent the error from occuring in the future***

    To update previously filed pdfs:

    -Reprint the pdf to pdf, open the pdf in adobe, click File - Print - Select the Printer  - Adobe PDF, click PRINT and save the file. 

    -If reprinting the pdf to pdf does not work, try rescanning the document using a different software package to create the PDF.  
    If the pdf was originally created using a word processor, all you need to do is print to pdf.  

    -If reprinting and scanning does not work, try performing a OCR/Text Recognition on the pdf. 

  • I sometimes get a white screen when I click on a pdf in ecf, how can that be corrected?

    Make sure you have "Include headers when displaying PDF documents" checked on the docket sheet screen.

  • I want to receive emails on a case where I represent a party, how do I add my email address to the case?

     

    During the first electronic filing an attorney makes after receiving a login and password, ECF may note that it does not have a link between the filing attorney and the filing party. ECF will, at this point, allow counsel to make the link.
    Making a link between counsel and a party to a case will add counsel’s name and address to the front of the docket sheet.
     
    NOTE: Some events will not give counsel the option of linking themselves to a party. In these instances, you must file a Notice of Appearance. The filing of a notice of Appearance will not only link your name to specific parties but will add your appearance to the docket sheet enabling you to receive e-mails when electronicfilings are made, either by the Court or counsel
  • I was retained through sentencing, my client has run out of money and I need to be appointed CJA. What do I do?

    Pursuant to Rule 24 of the F.R.A.P., you should make a motion to proceed IFP in the district court, then move to be appointed CJA at the circuit level once the IFP is granted. If the district denies the application for IFP, you may make the motion at the USCA. 

  • I would like to order some archived records, who do I contact?

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

     

     

  • If an attorney who is on a case is no longer with our firm, how can we remove the attorney from the case?

    Please refer to local rule 1.4.

  • If CM/ECF is down and I cannot file something that is time sensitive, is there a provision for delayed filings?
  • If I complete my questionnaire online, do I submit the paper form to the court?

    No. If you have completed and submitted your form through eJuror, please do not send the paper form back to the Court. Prior to submitting your completed questionnaire, you can print the information if you would like a copy for your records.

  • If I receive a jury summons and have already served, what do I do?

    If you have served within the past two years, send the court that has summonsed you a copy of the proof of service or certificate of attendance you received from the court you served at. However, if you were only a telephone standby juror, and never had to physically appear for jury service, you may still be eligible to serve at the court who is summoning you to appear now.

  • Is ECF filing mandatory?

    Yes, as of August 2, 2004, electronic case filing is mandatory for all civil cases other than pro se cases and for all criminal cases.

  • 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.

  • My attorney was admitted pro hac vice in a matter, however the attorney does not appear to be included in notices. How can I resolve this?

    Please have the attorney file a Notice of Appearance using their ecf login and password.

  • My case is now on appeal. Do I continue to submit my vouchers to the District Court for processing?

    No. Vouchers for all appellate work should be mailed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007.

  • My client needs clothes, a haircut and personal items so s/he looks presentable when appearing at court. I already purchased them and would like to be reimbursed. Can I claim these as expenses on my voucher?

    No. These are items of a personal nature and are not reimbursable under the Criminal Justice Act.

  • My client was involved in two separate cases. Can I submit one voucher including both case numbers?

    No. Separate vouchers/worksheets are required for each case.

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