Exceptions to Electronic Filing

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Only attorneys are allowed to file documents electronically in the Central District. If you are not represented by an attorney, you must present all documents to the Clerk for filing or lodging in paper format  (click here for more information).

Even for attorneys authorized to e-file, some documents may not be filed electronically, and must instead be presented to the Clerk for filing or lodging in paper format. A list of such documents is set forth below. In addition, as noted below, many documents initially filed in paper format must also be submitted by email in PDF format by close of business the following business day, with the title of the document and the case number indicated in the subject line of the email.

Civil Matters

The following documents MAY NOT be filed or submitted electronically, UNLESS your assigned judge’s standing orders direct otherwise; be sure to review your assigned judge’s Procedures before filing:

  • Documents filed under seal or in camera
  • Applications for leave to file under seal or in camera
  • Proposed orders to seal or file in camera

The following documents MAY be filed EITHER electronically OR in paper format:

  • Records for bankruptcy appeals, habeas corpus proceedings, and administrative review cases (such as Social Security appeals and ERISA and IDEA cases)

The following documents MAY be filed electronically, IF eligible under General Order No. 14-01. If filed in paper format, conformed copies of these documents must also be submitted by email in PDF format by close of business the following business day:

  • Initial papers commencing any action or adding claims to any action, including:
    • Complaints
    • Notices of removal
    • Third-party complaints
    • Counterclaims
    • Crossclaims
    • Complaints in intervention
    • Consolidated complaints
    • Joinders in complaints
    • Interpleaders
    • Claims
    • Verified claims
  • Amendments to any of the documents listed above (INCLUDING AMENDED COMPLAINTS)
  • Documents that request emergency relief and that are filed simultaneously with civil case-initiating documents filed in paper format

Email PDF versions of civil documents, if required, to the division to which the case is assigned, as follows (unless the assigned judge’s standing orders direct otherwise):

Criminal Matters

The following documents MAY NOT be filed electronically; however, conformed copies of these documents, once filed or issued, must also be submitted by email in PDF format by close of business the following business day:

  • Criminal case-initiating documents, including:
    • Indictments
    • Informations
    • Complaints
  • Documents filed in criminal duty matters handled by a magistrate judge, including:
    • under-seal and in-camera documents
    • bond-related documents
    • affidavits re out-of-district warrants
    • applications for:
      • pen registers
      • search warrants
      • seizure warrants
      • arrest warrants
      • wiretaps
      • cell site information
      • tracking services
The following documents MAY NOT be filed or submitted electronically, UNLESS your assigned judge’s standing orders direct otherwise; be sure to review your assigned judge’s Procedures before filing:
  • Documents filed under seal or in camera
  • Applications for leave to file under seal or in camera
  • Proposed orders to seal or file in camera

Email PDF versions of criminal documents, if required, to the division to which the case is assigned, as follows (unless the assigned judge’s standing orders direct otherwise):

Miscellaneous Matters

Certain documents are initiating documents in new administrative actions not considered either civil or criminal cases. They are generally assigned a “miscellaneous” or “MC” case number, and MAY NOT be electronically filed. The list below includes the most common types of miscellaneous filings:

  • Registrations of Judgments from Other District Courts (Form AO-451)
  • Applications for the Issuance of Letters Rogatory
  • Requests for Issuance of Digital Millennium Copyright Act Subpoenas
  • Copies of Complaints and Orders from Other District Courts Appointing Receiver Over Property Located in this District
  • Petitions to Perpetuate Testimony Filed Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 27(a)