CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions


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How do I sign my documents?

"The user log-in and password required to submit documents to the ECF system shall serve as that user's signature for purposes of Fed.R.Civ.P.11 and for all other purposes under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of this court. All electronically filed documents must include a signature block and must set forth the attorney's name, Bar number, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The name of the ECF user under whose log-in and password the document is submitted must be preceded by a ""/s/"" and typed in the space where the signature would otherwise appear. (See CM/ECF Administrative Procedures, Section J)"

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

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

* What documents can not be filed electronically?

* I recently upgraded my Adobe application. When I try to view PDF documents in CM/ECF, I see a blank screen. How can I fix this?

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

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

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

* Where is the Notice of Removal entry?

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

* Is there a size limitation for Adobe PDF documents in CM/ECF?

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

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

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

* How do I file my executed summons?

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

* 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 need a summons. What do I do?

* 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.

* What if my document is too large, or is bound in some way that I can't scan it?

* How do I sign and file an affidavit?

* I'm unable to print a pdf document, it only asks me to name it. Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

* What is CM/ECF?

* I tried to file a document but it says "format not recognized". What am I doing wrong?

* How do I know what entry to use?

* How do I pay my filing fee?

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

* I open the document, but all I see is a blank screen. What's wrong?

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

* How do I file a new civil case?

* 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?

* Is CM/ECF mandatory?




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