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Getting Started with CM/ECF


Filing documents into CM/ECF electronic filing systems requires the following hardware and software: 

  • A personal computer running a standard platform such as Windows or Mac OS X. 
  • A PDF-compatible word processor like Corel WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.
  • Internet service. 
  • A Web browser. For bankruptcy CM/ECF, Mozilla Firefox 3.x, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x or 8.x are recommended. Some users have had positive experiences with other Web browsers, but those listed here have been tested and certified for compatibility with CM/ECF.
  • Software to convert documents from a word processor format to portable document fomat ( PDF ). Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is recommended. Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional, Adobe Acrobat 6 Professional, and Acrobat Writer 5.0 adequately meet the CM/ECF filing requirements.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader,  which is available for free, is needed for viewing PDF documents.
  • A scanner may be necessary to create electronic images of documents that are not in your word processing system.