Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) is the automated case management and electronic docketing system for the United States Courts. CM/ECF allows users to file and view documents over the Internet. Documents are automatically docketed as part of the filing process and are immediately available electronically. CM/ECF also provides the following benefits:
- 24 hour access to filed documents over the internet
- Automatic e-mail notice of case activity
- The ability to download and print documents directly from the court system
- Concurrent access to case files by multiple parties
- Secure storage of documents ( so files are not misplaces )
- Reduction in courier fees, postage, and copy costs
How Does It Work?
The electronic case files system accepts documents in a portable document format (PDF). PDF retains the way a document looks when viewing it across different platforms, so the pages, fonts and other formatting are preserved. Filing a document with the CM/ECF system is quite easy:
- Create the document using word processing software. Or check your Bankruptcy form preparation software for electronic filing capability.
- Save the document in PDF format .
- Log onto the court's CM/ECF system, using a court-issued login and password.
- Follow the set of simple prompts to provide information about the case, party, and document to be filed.
- Attach the PDF document and submit it to the court for filing ( by pressing the submit button ).
- Save or print the CM/ECF electronic receipt e-mailed for the court confirming the document was filed.
Are There Additional Fees?
There are no added fees for filing documents over the Internet using CM/ECF; existing document filing fees still apply. Electronic access to court data is available through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) program. Attorneys and litigants receive one free copy of documents filed electronically in their cases.