CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions

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

From the PACER Service Center: The client code field is an optional feature that can be used to help track groups of transactions. For those firms or individuals not interested in this feature the field can be left blank. If the field is used it will accept up to thirty-two characters of text. This feature can be useful to those firms who are doing work for multiple clients and would like to have those transactions grouped separately for their own internal billing process.

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

* How do I know what entry to use?

* When I copy the URL address from the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) receipt into a browser (as instructed), it brings me to a PACER login screen. Why?

* What is CM/ECF?

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

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

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

* I've registered for and received a CM/ECF login account, but I still get a login screen when I try to search for case information. Why?

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

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

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

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

* Is CM/ECF mandatory?

* How do I link my PACER account to my ECF account?

* In training we were told you get one free look at the document when you receive a Notice of Electronic Filing. How does it work, since we still have to login to PACER?

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

* How do I sign and file an affidavit?

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

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

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

* How do I file a new civil case?

* How do I pay my filing fee?

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

* How do I sign my documents?

* How do I file my executed summons?

* Where is the Notice of Removal entry?

* What documents can not be filed electronically?

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

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

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

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

* I need a summons. 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 received a notice of electronic filing in a case I'm involved in but there was no link or text after the line: "Copy the URL address on the line below into the location bar of your Web browser to view the document: or Document Number:"

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

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