CM/ECF and PACER, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
CM/ECF is a comprehensive case management system that will allow courts to maintain electronic case files and offer electronic filing over the Internet. As case documents are filed, the information is immediately available electronically through the Internet.
Refer to the CM/ECF hardware & software specifications for more details.
In order to electronically file court documents and to receive e-mail notices of filed documents, attorneys must be admitted to practice before the Court and be registered to file electronically. Attorneys who file electronically in other federal courts may apply for a training waiver. Please see the CM/ECF home page or the Electronic Case Filing Procedures for more information.
You must be an attorney and a registered participant on the system and have a current login and password. As the attorney of record in a case you will automatically receive email notices from the court.
To sign up, visit the BNC's public web site, at www.ebnuscourts.com, read the information provided, download and complete the registration form, and submit it to the BNC.
You may obtain information from the PACER website.
Yes, the fee is applied for accessing a docket sheet and any documents accessed from the link on the docket sheet.
The firm PACER account can be used for the query component of CM/ECF. However, if you would like to keep the billing separate from the firm's, you will need to establish a new PACER account. A PACER account may be obtained from their Reigstration Page.
Once you are logged in as a CM/ECF filer, click on the Utilities menu. Under the Your Pacer Account category, click Change Your PACER Login. Enter a new PACER login and password. You can change the default PACER login by checking the box Make this my default PACER login. Once you associate a PACER login and a filer login, there is no way to un-associate the two without making another PACER login the default.
When an attorney leaves, the law firm is required to notify the court and indicate the name of the attorney taking over the active cases. This can be accomplished by filing the CM/ECF event, under the Miscellaneous category, Notice of Appearance (of substitute counsel) on each active case.
If the attorney leaving the firm is taking the cases, the attorney must file a "Notice of Change of Address" on each case.
If a list of active cases is required, please contact the IT Help Desk via email at email@example.com.
You do not need to register for CM/ECF more than once. Even if you change firms, your login remains valid. However, you must file a Notice of Change of Address. It may also be necessary to establish a new PACER login and password. Contact the Pacer Service Center for assistance.
Send an email to the helpdesk. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the forgotten password link from the login screen in CM/ECF or click here.
Since each court assigns the filing login for filing privileges in the CM/ECF system, it is not possible to obtain a universal filing login at this time.
Yes. 15 calendar days.
Email notification will be sent to all attorneys who are registered participants in CM/ECF and represent parties on the case, who requested special notice or are parties in any associated cases.
Yes. Attorneys have the option of authorizing duplicate receipt of the NEF to one member of his/her support staff.
The document within an email notification is accessed by a hyperlink. This hyperlink takes you to a site which will allow the first viewing to be free. The first individual to view the linked document will not be charged. If you forward the email notification without viewing the document, the recipient of the email will be able to view the document for free. Anytime after the first viewing, a charge will be incurred to view the document. If additional access to the document will be required, save it to a local hard drive during the first viewing.
Within the Utilities menu option in CM/ECF there is a miscellaneous option to view Malings..>Mailing Info for a case. Attorneys can look at this information to see who is receiving service electronically and who is receiving paper service. Attorneys who are electronic participants are also listed on the Notice of Electronic Case Filing that is generated by CM/ECF after documents are filed. The Notice of Electronic Case Filing can also be viewed by opening the "silver bullet" hyperlink next to each electronically filed docket entry.
All documents must be submitted in Adobe PDF (portable document format) with an extension of ".pdf". Two common errors occur. First, a user thinks that he/she saved the document in PDF. The user then tries to file the WordPerfect version of the document; not the saved PDF version. Second, a user fails to indicate the full path name for the PDF file he/she wants to upload. Because the system could not find the file, it responded with the "format not recognized" message.
The best way to avoid this problem is to use the Browse button on the file selection screen and navigate to the file you wish to upload. Be sure to right click on the document and open it in Adobe before completing the selection.
Yes. Always use 8.5" x 11" paper size when scanning or converting documents to PDF files. After creating each PDF file, verify that an 8.5" x 11" document was created. (In Adobe, this can be found under the File menu, Properties)
Prepare a new document withdrawing the original document, and file the withdrawing document using the event Withdrawal Document(s) from the Miscellaneous category under the Bankruptcy or Adversary menu.
Contact the division where the case is and ask for assistance.
Check to see if you have a pop-up blocker. If so, it needs to be disabled. Then proceed to the Utilities menu, under the Your CM/ECF Account category, click Internet Payments Due and you will be taken to the pay.gov payment screen
Under the Utilities menu, under the Your CM/ECF Account category, click Internet Payments Due and you will be taken to the pay.gov payment screen.
Under the Utilities menu, under Your Account click Internet Payment History. Insert the date range and submit.
You cannot change the address, but can add a new address by selecting Add Creditor and entering the creditor's name and the correct address. Or docket a Notice of Change of Address for the creditor, wait 24 hours, then file the claim under the correct address.
Prepare a new document withdrawing the proof of claim and file it using the event Withdrawal of Claim from the Claim Actions category under the Bankruptcy menu.
There are a couple of reasons that your login and password may not be active: