1. Can an attorney add new attorneys to the database?
ANSWER: Only court staff with appropriate permissions may add attorneys to the database as system users.
2. What should an attorney or court user do if the document he or she is filing is not listed in the pick list?
ANSWER: Each court maintains its own event dictionary. If a user wishes to file a document that is not listed in the pick list, they can choose "other" and text in the type of document.
3. Is CM/ECF browser specific?
4. Is CM/ECF word processor specific?
ANSWER: No, you may use any word processor that can convert documents to PDF.
5. Can the general public view CM/ECF cases and the documents in those cases?
ANSWER: Access to view cases and documents in CM/ECF will be available to anyone with a PACER login and password. PACER offers convenient electronic access to case file documents, listing of all case parties, reports of case related information, chronologies of events entered in the case record, listing of new cases. However, as a result of the policy recently adopted by the Judicial Conference, the public cannot view documents filed in Civil Social Security Appeal cases or Criminal cases.
To defray the costs of PACER and CM/ECF, the Judicial Conference has set a fee which applies to all users, although courts may exempt certain persons, such as indigents or bankruptcy case trustees. Parties entitled to documents as part of the legal process receive a free electronic copy, although they will be charged for replacement copies, whether in paper or electronic form. The public may view CM/ECF case files for free on the public terminals located in the Clerk's Office.
6. Will submitting a long document monopolize the system to the detriment of other users? How long will it take to transmit/receive lengthy documents?
ANSWER: A user submitting a large document to CM/ECF will not interfere with other users' access. The system uses web-based technology which is designed to service large numbers of users simultaneously.
The time it takes to transmit or receive a document primarily depends on the user's Internet Service Provider (ISP), modem speed, and the size of PDF file being transmitted or received. Generally, the larger the file, the longer it will take to load. Our procedural order will limit the size of documents that can be filed. In most instances, however, the size of the document will not be restricted by the electronic filing process.
The CM/ECF system will accept both text and image PDF files. The text PDF file is usually the result of saving a document from a word processor in PDF format using Adobe Acrobat PDFWriter. The image PDF file is usually created by scanning a paper document in PDF format. The text file can be transmitted to the CM/ECF application faster than the image file because it is much smaller in size. While the difference in speed is usually not noticeable in a 1 or 2 page document, the difference can be significant when a document reaches about 20 pages in length.
7. How will signature of documents be handled for documents filed electronically?
ANSWER: The user log-in and password required to submit documents to the Electronic Filing System serve as the Filing User's signature on all documents filed with the Court. They also server as a signature for purposes of Rule 11, Fed. R. Civ. P., the Local Rules of the Court, and any other purpose for which a signature is required in connection with court proceedings. The name of the Filing User under whose log-in and password the document is submitted must he preceded by an "/s/" and typed in the space where the signature would otherwise appear. A Filing User who electronically files any document requiring the signature of other individuals must either (1) submit a scanned document containing the necessary signatures; or (2) indicate on the filed document by the designation "/s/" that the original document has been signed. The original document containing the original signatures of the persons other then the Filing User must be retained. See Administrative Procedures
8. What happens if a document is filed in error?
ANSWER: Contact the CM/ECF Helpdesk for further instructions.
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