ECF and PACER Information

Getting Started

In order to file documents electronically and receive email notices of documents filed, attorneys or limited access users must become authorized users of the Court’s CM/ECF Live database.  The registration process must be completed before a live login and password is issued.  Please review the Court’s Policies and Procedures about Electronic Filing before proceeding with the registration process.

Minimum System Requirements

The browsers supported for the application are Internet Explorer 7 or higher, 

Mozilla Firefox 3.5, the Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher and Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer software. All documents filed on ECF must be in Portable Document Format (PDF). Filers will need Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer software to convert documents to PDF and for viewing PDF documents only Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed. A scanner may also be needed for imaging documents that do not exist in electronic format.

Policies and Procedures about Electronic Filing

Regular business hours for the court's Electronic Filing System are from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Eastern Time.  Although the system is available 24/7/365, it may be necessary for the court to interrupt service for maintenance. Please be aware that if you choose to file at hours other than the supported time you may experience an interruption of service.

Local Rule 5005-2 Filing By Electronic Means

Procedures for the Filing, Signing and Verification of Documents by Electronic Means

ECF Registration - Gaining Access

PACER Registration - Gaining Access

Attorney password application – Live System 

To file a document on ECF, register for access to CM/ECF by completing and submitting the
Attorney Password Application electronically.

Register for a PACER (Case Search) Account

To obtain a PACER password to view documents and reports on ECF.

ECF Training Application

To obtain a training database password, submit an ECF training registration form.

 

Limited Users ECF application 

To obtain a limited-access ECF account to file proofs of claim.

 

Logging in to ECF

Logging in to PACER and PACER Support

ECF-Live

File a document with the court using your court issued login and password.

PACER Public Access to court Electronic Records

View court electronic (ECF) documents and reports, using your PACER password.

ECF-Train

File a test document in our training database, using your court issued training login and password.

Docket Information for Cases closed prior to March 2000.

View docket sheets for old cases using your PACER password.

 

PACER Service Center Support

If you experience problems or have questions regarding PACER access, contact the PACER Service Center by phone at (800) 676-6856 between 8am and 6pm Central Time or email pacer@psc.uscourts.gov.

Training and Support

Classroom Training on ECF

CM/ECF Upgrade Information

Attorney Guide to New Features Version 3.0

Attorney Guide to New Features Version 3.2/3.3.1

Attorney Guide to New Features Version 4.1/4.2

Attorney Guide to New Features Version 5.0/5.1

PACER Service Center Release Notes

E-Filing Tips

Searching for ECF Filing Events & Menus

To look for a particular e-filing document event, use the Search option on the blue main menu, 
between Utilities and Logout.  Type some part of the document name in the Search box and ECF will show you items that match.