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.

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)

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)
  • Receipt of Letters Rogatory
  • Motions Related to Subpoenas from Other Districts
  • Notices of Receivership Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 754
  • Petitions to Quash a Third-Party IRS Summons
  • Requests for Administrative Deposition Subpoenas
  • Requests for Issuance of Digital Millennium Copyright Act Subpoenas
  • Petitions to Perpetuate Testimony Filed Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 27(a)
  • Proceedings Against Sureties Filed Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65.1