WHAT IS ELECTRONIC CASE FILING?
The Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system, also known as ECF, allows registered users to open new civil cases, and file civil, criminal, and miscellaneous pleadings (including some sealed documents) electronically right from their office.
In order to file documents in ECF, attorneys must be admitted to practice before the Court and must be registered to file electronically. Upon registration, attorneys will be provided with a login and password that will allow access to the system. The login and password will also serve as the attorney's signature on all documents that are filed electronically (LCvR 5.4(b)(4). Attorneys may register for ECF by submitting a registration form.
Although filed in ECF, documents must be viewed and printed through PACER account. PACER provides access to cases filed in all federal courts, including appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Attorneys may register for a PACER account here.
Before filing documents in ECF, users should review our ECF Forms, Instructions and Other Information page, as well as Privacy and Public Access Notices, the Civil Case Opening Manual, and the E-Filing Sealed Documents in Non-Sealed Cases instructions.
For more information, contact the following:
Civil: (202) 354-3190
Criminal: (202) 354-3060
Attorney Admisssions: (202) 354-3110
Intake/New Case Desk: (202) 354-3120