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Charging Documents

All documents initiating new criminal cases will be electronically filed by Clerk’s Office staff. This includes

  • complaints;
  • informations;
  • indictments;
  • sealed indictments and motions to seal;
  • superseding indictments;
  • Rule 20 transfers;
  • juvenile proceedings; and 
  • appeals of a magistrate judge decision to the district court.

Counsel who have been entered into the case will be notified of the filing electronically, unless the case is sealed.

A copy of any indictment (sealed or unsealed), superseding indictment, and a completed speedy trial form for each defendant, must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office on the day of presentation to the grand jury. All superseding indictments must be accompanied by a redline version pursuant to Local Rule 202.2. The speedy trial form must list any associated magistrate judge case numbers for each defendant.

If the indictment is sealed, a Motion to Seal and a proposed order must accompany your filing. Language such as “this motion is sealed until all defendants have been arrested” should not be included in the motion or proposed order. Instead, after all defendants have been arrested you must file a Motion to Unseal and a proposed order.

All informations must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office, along with a copy of the speedy trial form, and must list any associated magistrate judge cases.

Once the indictment is returned, a case number will be assigned, the case will be opened and the indictment will be electronically filed in CM/ECF. The page containing the grand jury foreperson’s signature, along with the speedy trial form, will be electronically filed as a separate and restricted entry and will be inaccessible to the public and counsel. The original indictment will be returned to the Assistant U.S. Attorney.