Technical CM/ECF Related Questions

  • What is an attachment or file attachment ?

    If you are attaching a document within CM/ECF, an attachment is the document or documents prepared for electronic filing. It may be the main document or documents to be electronically filed along with the main document to complete the filing making one complete e-filed document. During e-filing a browse button allows the filer to browse to the document to be electronically attached to the docket entry. Example: a stipulation is attached during e-filing as the main document, the proposed order is "attached" as an additional attachment to the stipulation. A Motion is the main document and attached as the main document, a declaration, exhibit, appendix, proposed order are "attached" as additional attachments to the motion.

    If the document is a generic document, not to be e-filed in CM/ECF,

    Attachments or file attachments are documents that are attached to a message as an enclosure. It sends a duplicate copy of the original file to a recipient/ receiver. The file can be of any format and can be opened by the recipient/receiver if that person has the appropriate software to view the attached file.

  • Do attorneys have access to personally change or add secondary e-mail addresses?

    Yes, attorneys have access to Maintain Your Address, Maintain Your E-Mail and Maintain Your Login. According to Local Rule 83.2-4, the changes must be made within 5 days of the actual change and attorneys still have the obligation of serving notice of any change on opposing counsel or co-counsel in all effected cases.

    The Court encourages counsel to make the changes immediately in the CM/ECF system to avoid any disruption of service of the Notices of Electronic Filing.

  • How can I print a notice of electronic filing?

    Login to CM/ECF, then click on Reports; select the option that says Docket Sheet. Enter the case number for the case and make sure that the box that says " Include links to notices of electronic filing" is checked. Click on Run Report, select the radio button (round silver ball) next to the docket entry for which you wish to print the notice of electronic filing . When the Notice of Electronic Filing displays then click File and Print to print the NEF.

  • Does the Court allow an attorney registering for ECF training to include a "secondary email address"? If so, how many secondary e-mail addresses are permitted?

    Yes, After an attorney has registered and is an ECF user, the attorney may add secondary e-mail addresses to his/her user record by logging into CM/ECF, selecting Utilities (on the blue menu bar), Maintain Your E-Mail Address and adding secondary e-mail addresses. The Court encourages attorneys to not add more than two secondary e-mail addresses.

  • A document was filed in error, how can it be removed from the docket?

    No changes can be made to the official docket without judical authority.

    A Notice of Errata will need to be filed indicating the previous filing was made in error and link the Errata notice to the document which was incorrectly filed. Then re-file the document(s) as "Amended" or "Corrected".

  • Which browsers are not compatible/not supported with CM/ECF?

    The following Internet Browsers either have not been tested or do not work with CM/ECF and therefore the Court does not support them:

    • Internet Explorer 5.0 or lower
    • Netscape (any version)
    • AOL Browsers
    • MSN Browser
    • Safari
  • In the event the documents are not displayed on the docket sheet; then go through the e-filing process again.

    If the docket entry appears on the docket sheet but there’s no silver ball next to the document, it means the Notice of Electronic Filing was not created and counsel were not served with the docuemnt. Refile the document(s) as "Amended" or "Corrected" documents and link to the document which was not served.