CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions


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How do I know what entry to use?

CM/ECF contains literally hundreds of entries (also called events). To find the proper event to use, click on Search on the blue menu bar and enter some portion of the entry you wish to file. If one exists, the system will respond with a link to the menu, and the event. You may proceed with your electronic entry as normal.

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* I am having problems logging in with the information that was provided to me. Every time I type in the password, the system tells me that it is incorrect or that I can cancel or continue. Can you please check my account and let me know why I keep getting an error when I use it.

* How do I get a summons when I file a new case?

* Local Rule requires a Certificate of Service, but how do I know who I have to serve by paper?

* I registered for ECF but I have not received a login and password. How can I check on this?

* I filed an Immigration or Naturalization petition, but can not see the case through PACER. Why?

* How do I file my executed summons?

* What should we do when an attorney leaves the firm?

* What is CM/ECF?

* Is CM/ECF mandatory?

* How do I sign and file an affidavit?

* I filed an answer that included two other attorneys from my firm, but their names do not appear on the docket. Why?

* I filed an appearance in a case, but have since the left the firm. What do I need to do to stop receiving notices?

* I filed a document that requires a fee, but failed to make the payment. What do I do?

* I registered for ECF and have begun to receive e-mails with the Notice of Electronic Filing but I have not received a login and password yet. What do I do?

* I need a summons. What do I do?

* The law firm I work for is merging with another firm. How do I update my contact information?

* Can you change my or my associate's email address for me?

* Do I need to use a client code when logging into PACER or ECF?

* What documents can not be filed electronically?

* How do I pay my filing fee?

* Where is the Notice of Removal entry?

* What happens when I am on vacation and I don't have access to e-mail?

* How do I sign my documents?

* I have a box full of exhibits. Must they all be filed electronically?

* May I file a notice of appearance for another attorney?

* What if I make a mistake when filing a document?

* How do I file documents filed as part of the mediation process?

* I am filing a civil case with many parties. Do I add them all?

* How do I register for Electronic Case Filing (ECF) in the District of Massachusetts?

* I am admitted pro hac vice? May I register to use CM/ECF?

* How do I file a new civil case?




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