E-Filing General Questions
What is an electronic signature?
Electronic signature refers to the signature of an electronically filed document based on (1) the CM/ECF User's login and password and (2) the person's representative signature "/S/ - Name" or a digitized personalized signature or facsimile signature on the signature line of the document.
Please refer to the current general order on electronic filing for instructions as to electronic signatures of the filing party, and/or multiple parties.
Where should a mandatory chambers copy of an e-filed document be delivered?
Refer to "Mandatory Chambers Copies on E-Filed Documents" link on the Court's website.
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.
Does the Court permit e-mail address updates by e-mail? If so, what is the e-mail address to which such requests should be sent, what information does the Court need to include in the e-mail? Does the Court permit multiple requests in a single e-mail?
Attorneys may update individual records (i.e. Attorney name, firm name, street address, telephone number, email address & facsimile number), themselves. Please click here for instructions on Updating the Attorney's Personal Profile On-Line.
In addition, a notice of change of attorney information, form G-6, must also be filed on each pending case, Local Rule 83-2.7.
Does a mandatory chambers copy require blue backing, labels, or any other noticing?
A mandatory chambers copy must comply with Local Rule 11-3, i.e., blue backed, font size, page numbering, tabbed exhibits, etc., or as otherwise directed by the assigned judge. The mandatory chambers copy must be prominently labeled MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPY on the face page. The mandatory chambers copy must include the NEF as the last page of the document. Click here for additional instructions for delivery of a mandatory chambers copy to the Judges' chambers. Click here for additional instructions for delivery of a mandatory chambers copy to the Clerk's office.
Please refer to the general order on electronic filing for further instructions on mandatory chambers copy.
I have been admitted to practice in the District Court for the Central District of California but my information in CM/ECF and the Attorney Admissions Search database is not current. How do I notify the Court?
Attorneys are solely responsible for keeping their information current in CM/ECF. Pursuant to Local Rule 83-2.7, an attorney who changes his or her name, office address, law firm association, telephone number, facsimile number, or email address shall notify the Court, in writing, within 5 days of the change. This is accomplished by completing Form G-76, CM/ECF Attorney Information Update Form, and emailing it to the Attorney Admissions at Email_Update@cacd.uscourts.gov. In addition, the attorney must complete Form G-06, Notice of Change of Attorney Information, and e-file it in each of the pending cases to which he or she belongs.
For instructions on how to update an attorney’s Personal Profile in CM/ECF, please refer to the question "What should I do if I change my address, phone number, e-mail address or other pertinent information" in the CM/ECF FAQ Section. If you have a question regarding invalid attorney information in the system (e.g., an invalid Bar ID in an attorney record) and further assistance is needed, please contact Attorney Admissions.
What documents should be filed manually, or traditionally in paper?
Please refer to the current general order on electronic filing for direction as to which documents should be filed traditionally (or manually) in paper.
Where can I locate the cost of filing a document in the Central District Court?
The information can be located on the Court's website. Click here for Fee Schedule information.
What is the procedure for requesting a modification to the default “summary” e-mail notification setting associated with the individual attorney record?
Attorneys may update the "summary" or "individual" setting as to electronic service themselves. Please click here for instructions on Updating the Attorney's Personal Profile On-Line.
What information is required on address label when mailing mandatory chambers copy of an electronically filed document via Federal Express or other overnight delivery service to Judges who require a mandatory chambers copy delivered to the Clerk's Office?
United States District Court
Office of the Clerk
Courthouse Address and Clerk's Office Room Number*
City, State, Zip
Judge John Smith
United States District Court
Office of the Clerk
312 North Spring Street, Room G-8
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
*Courthouse addresses and clerk's office room numbers are available on the Court Directory.
Check the box FedEx Priority Overnight to ensure package is delivered the next business morning.
Check the box "Direct Signature" under Residential Delivery Signature Options.