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Mandatory Attorney Civil Case Opening

Beginning December 1, 2014, attorneys must file all new civil actions electronically, unless exempted from electronic filing pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.2.  See L.R. 3-2.  To file an action electronically, the attorney must use the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (“CM/ECF”) System to open the case and upload the case-initiating document(s). 

Please note, however, that certain proceedings that are administrative or otherwise ancillary to civil actions are processed by the Court as “miscellaneous” cases.  Case-initiating documents for miscellaneous cases may not be filed electronically, and must continue to be filed in paper format at the Clerk’s Office.  See below for lists of the most common civil and miscellaneous matters.

Refer to the Attorney Case-Opening Manual for more information.  For a short step-by-step demonstration, view the videos below.  The current Civil Cover Sheet, Form CV-71 must be used when opening a new civil case in CM/ECF.

To open a case or file a document electronically, an attorney must be a registered CM/ECF user.  Registered CM/ECF users are reminded of their obligation to keep their personal contact account information, especially their e-mail addresses, current.  See L.R. 5-4.8.1; L.R. 83-2.4.  Click here for information about updating an attorney’s contact information.

Have questions or need additional information? Contact:
The CM/ECF Help Desk
(213) 894-0242
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST Monday thru Friday


(must be electronically filed starting 12/1/2014, unless otherwise exempt pursuant to L.R. 5-4.2)


(may not be electronically filed, even after 12/1/2014)


Registration of Judgment from Other District Court (Form AO-451)

Notice of Removal

Motion Related to Subpoena from Other District (i.e., to quash, modify, enforce, compel, obtain protective order, etc.)

Petition to Compel Arbitration, or to Confirm or Vacate an Arbitration Award

Notice of Receivership Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 754

Petition for Writ of Mandamus

Petition to Quash a Third-Party IRS Summons

Motion to Withdraw Bankruptcy Reference

Request for Administrative Deposition Subpoena

Petition re Naturalization Application (e.g., for a hearing, or for review of denial)

Petition to Perpetuate Testimony Filed Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 27(a)

Application by IRS to Effect a Levy, or to Enforce an IRS Summons

Receipt of Letters Rogatory

Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence

Requests for Issuance of Digital Millennium Copyright Act Subpoenas

Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

Proceedings Against Sureties Filed Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65.1

Request for Appointment of Counsel/Stay of Execution (Capital Habeas Corpus Petitions)


Civil Matters Ancillary to Criminal Cases


Request for Extradition