Filing a document to a federal appellate court’s electronic case filing system (ECFS) entails familiarity with the system’s user terminology. Following are 5 User-specific defined terms that prove essential to a smooth ECF experience.
1. ECF Registration. Your appellate ECF account must be cleared by each federal circuit in which you are admitted to and need electronic case filing privileges. *First sign-up/first ECF requested registration link: https://www.pacer.gov/psco/cgi-bin/cmecf/ea-regform.pl
Additional court ECF requests register here: https://www.pacer.gov/psco/cgi-bin/cmecf/ea-login.pl
2. Java software. The Java browser plug-in is required to file documents to the CM/ECF system in all circuits. To ensure you are running the required version of Java, you can visit this test link here.
3. Web-based “solutions.” Certain federal courts of appeal have developed and implemented their own web-based solutions that are independent of the uniform CM/ECF system. Some examples include the 11th Circuit’s web-based CIP solution requiring all attorney filers to maintain information about their case’s interested persons on the Court’s portal.
Similarly, the 9th Circuit maintains an e-Voucher solution for court appointed and statutory attorneys under the Criminal Justice Act.
4. Email. While this is not explicitly an ECF user term, the importance of your designated email address(es) to noticing cannot go unmentioned. Attorneys and law firms using a local email application like Outlook should take advantage of Outlook’s ‘delegation’ options so that all staff personnel have spontaneous access to electronic notices/notices of docket activity.
5. ASCII v. non-ASCII characters. ASCII code represents alphanumeric text in computers, and is a standard used by the federal CM/ECF system. Unsupported characters (non-ASCII) such as the copyright (©), », TM, and service mark (SM) symbols are not always compliant with the CM/ECF system.
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