E-Filing Access Related Questions

  • What should be done when an attorney leaves the firm?

    That attorney has an obligation under Local Rules 5-4.8.1 and 83-2.4 to maintain and update his or her business and contact information with the Court and with the parties to any pending action in which the attorney has appeared.  For further information on updating an attorney's business or contact information, click here.

    If the attorney has any cases currently pending in this Court, the attorney (or his or her firm) will also need to file a notice of withdrawal or a request for approval of substitution or withdrawal, depending on the circumstances.  For further information on noting a withdrawal and requesting court approval of substitution or withdrawal, click here .

    Please note that an attorney will continue to receive electronic notices in a case, even after updating his or her contact information with a new e-mail address, until the attorney is terminated from the case.  In addition, law firms should make sure that the case docket accurately reflects the attorney(s) of record and that the attorney of record is properly set up to receive e-mail notifications.  This may require filing a notice of appearance.  For further information on noting an appearance, click here.

  • How do I reset my password?

    On the CM/ECF login page, you will see instructions at the top stating "If you have lost or forgotten your password, click here". When prompted, please enter the attorney's login and the special code which will appear on the page. When entering your new password, please note that the password box may have characters contained already – delete them (if any) before you enter your new password. Password requirements: minimum 8 characters comprised of upper/lower-case letters and at least one number or special character. Also, please note CM/ECF supports only Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox internet browsers. If you are still experiencing issues after deleting browsing history and cookies, please contact the Help Desk at 213-894-0242.

  • Reset your CM/ECF Password

    If you changed your password and are unable to login to CM/ECF, go to the CM/ECF login page https://ecf.cacd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl to reset your password.   Under "Instructions For Filings" is a  password recovery link. "If you have lost or forgotten your password, click here. "  Clicking on this link will allow you to reset your own password.

  • Can I use the login and password issued by another court to e-file in the Central District of California?

    No, each district court has its own registration requirements, e-filing policies and procedures. After an attorney has complied with the requirements of becoming an ECF User the court will issue a login and password.

    Once the initially assigned login and password is received, attorneys may change it through CM/ECF.

  • Can I have the same filing login for all courts I practice in?

    It is possible for attorneys to change their logins and passwords and create a universal login. Attorneys are cautioned about creating a universal login for the following reasons:

    1. If you change your login and password to match your PACER login, PACER will have difficulty in knowing if you logged in as an ECF User or a public PACER User. You may not have the full access of the system. PACER may recognize you as a "firm" if the PACER login is assigned to a firm and not an individual attorney.
    2. If you create a universal login and password and practice in several different district courts, the possibility of you or your staff e-filing in the wrong case in the wrong district is very high. We would suggest you create a login that would be distinctive to each district in which you practice and can easily be remembered. This would prevent huge problems that could happen with a universal login. (i.e.: smithcacd, smithcasd, smithnysd etc.) 
  • Why do I get an invalid login message once I have already logged into the court (CM/ECF site) and I am retrieving a docket or document?
    • Make sure you put in your PACER login and password at the second login screen. Verify that the recommended browser is being used .
    • Your PC needs to be set to accept all cookies. If the problem persists, log out, delete your existing cookie and internet files.
  • Why am I getting an invalid login error?

    Most common problems are as follows:

    • Both the login and password should be entered in lower case letters. Be sure you don’t have the "all caps" mode turned on.
    • Make sure the proper login and password is being used for the appropriate website. (The PACER login is for querying either from CM/ECF or PACER directly. The CM/ECF login is for e-filing only.)
    • Verify that one of the recommended browsers is being used Internet Explorer (version 6 or higher) or Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher.
    • The browser must be JavaScript-enabled.
  • I am changing firms. Do I need to establish a new e-filing login and password?

    No, you do not need to register for CM/ECF more than once. Your ECF User login is issued specifically to you. Even if you change firms, your login remains valid.

    However, you must update your address, including any changes to your e-mail address, with the court. You can do this by electronically e-filing form G-6 in all pending cases, which fulfills the Local Rule 83.2-7 requirement to notify opposing counsel of the change. Then log into CM/ECF >Utilities (on the blue menu bar) and updating your information through Maintain Your Address and Maintain Your E-Mail Address.

  • Are there separate logins and passwords for PACER and CM/ECF?

    Yes. The system requires two separate logins and passwords, one for PACER and the other for CM/ECF.

    A PACER login and password are required for querying cases and are provided by the PACER Service Center. To contact the PACER Service Center, please call (800) 676-6856 or visit their website at http://www.pacer.gov.

    A CM/ECF login and password are required for an attorney who needs to electronically file documents and view documents restricted to the Court and counsel of record. An online request form must be completed by the attorney to whom the CM/ECF login and password will be issued. 

  • Can any member of the public use CM/ECF to e-file documents with the court?

    No. Access to the filing portion of CM/ECF is only available to registered ECF Users.

  • Can the general public view CM/ECF cases and the documents in those cases?

    Yes, the public can access case data in CM/ECF unless it has been sealed or restricted by the court or by statute. The public access component will require a user to enter a PACER login and password. Because the PACER login and ECF User login are different, a filing attorney will need both.

    Established PACER users will automatically have access to these sites; a new account does not need to be created. For those currently not registered with PACER, a PACER account may be obtained at: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/register.html.
     

  • How do I receive a login and password?

    An attorney who has been admitted to practice in the Central District of California must complete the online request form for a CM/ECF login and password.

  • Can I loan my login and password to another attorney who doesn’t have one?

    No. Each attorney is assigned an unique login and password. It constitutes the filing attorney's signature to the document. As is the case with paper filings, it is the filing attorney's responsibility for the document. If an attorney is not listed as counsel of record, but files a document to the case, they may be added as attorney of record inadvertently.

  • What happens if I do not consent to receive electronic notice?

    You are still obligated to electronically file documents in CM/ECF; however, service of all e-filed documents will be in the traditional manner, via US Postal Service.

    Please note that this selection pertains to both court filed and attorney filed documents. You cannot choose to be served by opposing counsel one way and the court another way. Also, in order to view copies of orders issued by the court in this district, the press visits the courthouse on a regular basis, sometimes daily, and runs a report of all orders and judgments issued. Service of documents via US Postal Service may be received after the press has viewed and reported on an issue.
     

  • How do I recover my password if I have forgotten it?

    If you have forgotten your CM/ECF password, please contact the CM/ECF Help Deskdesk for assistance.

  • If I am not an attorney, can I e-file?

    No. Currently, only attorneys who are registered CM/ECF users can e-file documents with the court.  Pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.3.4, use of an attorney’s CM/ECF login and password to file a document functions as the attorney’s signature on that document.  An attorney may share his CM/ECF login and password with support staff who are authorized to e-file documents on his behalf, but the attorney is ultimately responsible for every document filed using his CM/ECF login and password.

  • How do I add counsel to a case?

    To add counsel in a case, electronically file a Notice of Appearance or other such document in the specific case.

  • Why am I having problems with my E-filing login and password?

    Confirm the following:

    • Are you using the correct login and password? PACER and E-Filing in CM/ECF require two separate login and passwords. Please confirm you are using login and password assigned for electronic filing into the CM/ECF system.
    • Are you on the correct website? Please make sure you are clicking the Login to CM/ECF button on the right side bar. Each federal district court requires a separate login and password. Please confirm you are logging into the link associated with California Central District Court.
    • If you are accessing CM/ECF through PACER’s website for public query only, you only need your PACER login and password. You will not be able to e-file or view restricted documents.
    • If you are accessing CM/ECF through the E-Filing website, you first need to login using your E-Filing login and password. This will allow you to e-file documents. If you are in this website and want to query, you will be presented with a new login screen which will ask you for your PACER login and password.
    • If your login and password still does not work, please e-mail or call the CM/ECF Help Desk for assistance.
       
  • What should be done when an attorney leaves the firm?

    That attorney has an obligation under Local Rules 5-4.8.1 and 83-2.4 to maintain and update his or her business and contact information with the Court and with the parties to any pending action in which the attorney has appeared.  For further information on updating an attorney's business or contact information, click here.

    If the attorney has any cases currently pending in this Court, the attorney (or his or her firm) will also need to file a notice of withdrawal or a request for approval of substitution or withdrawal, depending on the circumstances.  For further information on noting a withdrawal and requesting court approval of substitution or withdrawal, click here.

    Please note that an attorney will continue to receive electronic notices in a case, even after updating his or her contact information with a new e-mail address, until the attorney is terminated from the case.  In addition, law firms should make sure that the case docket accurately reflects the attorney(s) of record and that the attorney of record is properly set up to receive e-mail notifications.  This may require filing a notice of appearance.  For further information on noting an appearance, click here.

  • Why can I get a docket sheet, but not any of the documents provided?

    This court did not become a full e-filing court until January 1, 2008. If the document number is not underlined (a link), the document was filed prior to the full e-filing date and is not attached to the docket sheet. These documents can be viewed in the Records section at the courthouse. For details, please go to the Records Department page.

    This issue may also occur if you are using an incompatible browser. Check your browser settings. Also confirm that you have a PDF viewing software installed (ie Adobe Reader) You may have PDF viewing software on your computer but have not connected it to a browser.

    Attorneys using MacIntosh/Apple computers and software are recommended to use the latest version of Safari or download the free version of Mozilla Firefox and use this browser for all CM/ECF related transactions.

  • What types of cases are designated for electronic filing?

    All civil and criminal cases are designated for electronic filing.  All documents must be filed electronically unless exempted by Local Rule 5-4.2 or Local Criminal Rule 49-1.2.

  • Should I keep my Login and Password secure?

    The Court recommends that attorneys keep their login and password secure and only give it to staff who are authorized to e-file on the attorney's behalf. This helps to prevent unauthorized persons from obtaining access to CM/ECF and using it for malicious purposes. If an attorney detects that a compromise may have occurred to a login or password, the attorney has the ability to change both. Please click here for instructions on how to update an attorney's profile on-line.

  • How do I log on to CM/ECF?

    On the Court's website click the Login to CM/ECF button on the right side bar.

  • What if I previously did not consent to receive electronic service of documents and now I want to consent?

    Attorneys may update individual records including service of documents themselves. Please click here for instructions on Updating the Attorney's Personal Profile On-Line.