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E-Filing

Requesting CM/ECF (e-filing) Access

Attorneys must request CM/ECF (e-filing) access through PACER.  Instructions can be found here.

PACER

PACER is a fee for use services offered by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.  It offers electronic access to records of most federal district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts.  The types of records available electronically will vary from court to court.  In almost all jurisdictions, docket sheets may be accessed.  Most documents electronically filed in civil cases may be viewed over the Internet by using PACER.  

When you access docket sheets or other documents over the Internet using PACER, there is a fee of $.10 per page.  This fee applies regardless of whether you simply view the document or download and save it.  There is a maximum charge of $3.00 per document.  

When a PACER user accesses a document for the first time via the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF), the user will not incur fees for accessing the newly filed document, but access to any hyperlinked document from within the original document will incur a fee.  When a PACER user accesses a document after the first look, or accesses it from a docket sheet, the user will be charged for the original document and any documents displayed when using a hyperlink.  If documents filed in the same transaction contain hyperlinks to each other, the free look will be available from the document number hyperlink displayed on the NEF document submenu, not from the hyperlinks in the documents themselves.  


Consent to Electronic Service

Registering for electronic filing credentials, consistutes consent to electronic service under the Federal Rules.  See Consent to Electronic Service.


Account & Password Maintenance


Account Maintenance

Your contact information (mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address) must be kept up to date at all times.  See Local Rule 102.1.b.   Additionally, attorneys appearing in any case are required to maintain a current mailing address and email address with the Clerk's Office.  See Local Rule 102.1.b.ii.    Attorneys can update and maintain thier own contact information in PACER.  See Updating Attorney Contact Information

Password Maintenance

If you have linked your CM/ECF and PACER accounts, attorneys eligible to electronically file will no longer have passwords maintained by this Court.  All password maintenance will be handled through PACER.  All questions regarding password management, including how to recover a forgotten password, should be directed to PACER.