E-filing Dictionary: 5 User Terms

efiling dictionaryFiling 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

*Note: Each circuit is responsible for ECF account final approval, and time to process varies widely! Ex. The 9th and 11th Circuits currently require up to 10 business days for approval. If you need immediate access to a filing system, you will need to contact the Clerk’s Office directly.

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.

**Email Servers/Email Service Providers -Whether your appellate ECF account utilizes a native email server solution and application, or; If you are getting your mail via a commercial cloud solution, such as Gmail, you should set up a specific email address for court ECF activity.                           [ex: docketing@abclawfirm.com]

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.

**At this writing, non-ASCII characters represented in the case name caption of restricted documents will likely cause a system lock, or freeze.

If you have specific eFiling questions, feel free to contact me directly on the form here. Fill-in a description of your inquiry, and I will reply promptly.

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 About the Author: Natasha R. Monell, Esq, is Vice President of Appellate Management & Staff Counsel, and heads up our team of appellate advocates at Record Press, Inc., where her appellate filing expertise has been a highly sought after commodity for well over 15 years. Ms. Monell specializes in New York State Appellate Courts, all Federal Circuit Courts and United States Supreme Court filings and strategies that advance any litigation teams’ appeal to perfection.




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