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Find instructions on filing federal case records electronically and other information about CM/ECF, the application courts use to maintain electronic case files.

Need to file a case in federal court using CM/ECF? Get started. 

Want more specific court information about CM/ECF including help desk numbers and maximum pdf file size? Look up the court you wish to file in.

Review CM/ECF release notes, access to automated scripts, and other information needed to extend the functionality of CM/ECF

Is your court migrating to NextGen CM/ECF? Follow these steps to prepare in advance.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Only the attorney of record in certain types of cases (e.g., social security, immigration) may view PDF documents remotely.

In district courts, you should be able to view all criminal documents through the notice of electronic filing (NEF), except those under seal. In addition, most criminal case documents filed in district court prior to November 1, 2004, may be viewed only by the attorney of record.

You cannot delete or edit filings after they have been submitted through CM/ECF. If you made an error like filing in the wrong case or submitting the wrong version of a document contact the clerk's office. Use the Court CM/ECF Lookup to find the clerk's office contact information.

In general, an associated case is a case the court has identified as related to another case.  Typically, these cases may involve the same, similar, or related issues of law.  If applicable, associated case(s) will appear in the Applied Case Selection box on the File a Document screen.  A filing may be submitted in all or some of the associated cases listed.  If all associated case(s) are deselected, the filing is only submitted to the lead case.  Tip:  When submitting a filing, the case(s) to which the filing applies is displayed on the filing screens.

Users can register at the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) to receive bankruptcy notices electronically or consolidate all U.S. Postal Service notices to one address. These notices are sent on the same day they are produced at the court, and can be accessed 24/7. Court notices mailed to multiple locations can be routed to a centralized address and then easily forwarded to interested parties.

Access to the filing portion of CM/ECF is available to authorized users only. Learn more about who can file using CM/ECF. Authorization and training of users is provided by the individual federal court. Contact the court for details on filing privileges.