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.
If CM/ECF is down and I cannot file something that is time sensitive, is there a provision for delayed filings?
Please refer to Administrative Order 97-12, section 10.
Why when I click on E-Filing it sometimes automatically logins me into pacer?
You may have previously logged into pacer and did not click on the "logout" button. If you click on the "Logout" button you will be presented with the login page.
How do I update my contact information on ECF?If the attorney is currently appearing on an active case(s): a Notice of Change must be e-filed in each case.
If no active cases, attorney should re-register on the website to update their contact information.
How can I link an attorney on a case for notifications?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 toa 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.
Where can I find the form for Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge
The instructions and form is located under forms and instructions - ecf instructions.
How can I display my previously entered information for the online attorney admissions application?
Can I use Chrome or Opera for ecf or pacer?
Chrome and Opera does not work with ecf or pacer. Please use the recommended browsers.
Internet Explorer 8 and 9.x
Does the AOL browser work with ECF?
No, try using Internet Explorer 8 or 9 or Mozilla Firefox 15.x.