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  • 2012

    November/December 2012

    • Attorneys to File Sealed Documents in Partially Sealed Cases Electronically
      The court has elected to allow attorneys to file sealed documents electronically in partially sealed civil and criminal cases. This new procedure will pertain to otherwise public/unsealed cases ONLY, and will take effect Dec. 1, 2012. (Sealed documents filed in completely sealed documents should continue to be submitted in paper). There are some different requirements between filing sealed civil documents and sealed criminal documents. Please take a few moments to review the detailed instructions on filing sealed documents on our website.
    • Duplicate Complaints and Case Shells Continue
      The court cannot express this enough: Please DO NOT file your complaint twice in the same case, and DO NOT open two cases/shells for the same complaint. Despite multiple warnings and reminders, this continues to happen and requires a great deal of cleanup by the court. Please take your time when opening a new case and make sure you have everything in order before clicking the final SUBMIT button. If you make a mistake adding a party or forget to add a party, continue filing your complaint in that case and call the Clerk’s Office. We can make necessary corrections. In addition, if you attach the wrong document to your Complaint entry, refile your complaint as an attachment to a Notice of Filing explaining what the error was with the first filing (use the event Notice (other) on the Notices menu). Do not file the complaint again as either another Complaint or an Amended Complaint or you may be charged a second filing fee.
    • Courtesy Copy for Chambers
      Once you open a case in ECF and a judge is assigned, please submit a courtesy copy of your complaint or notice of removal to chambers. The courtesy copy can be hand-delivered or mailed.
    • Notices of Removal
      As a reminder, cases opened with a Notice of Removal from DC Superior Court are now required to be filed electronically by the filing attorney. If you have not already done so, please view the supplemental tutorial on our website, which highlights the differences in opening a new case with a Notice of Removal.
    • Check your Bar Status!
      There have been a number of attorneys opening new cases and filing documents in ECF who are not active members of the bar of our court. Pursuant to LCvR 5.1(c)(2), signing a pleading certifies that the attorney is an active member of this court’s bar. Therefore, it is very important to check that your membership is up to date prior to opening a new case and/or filing a document. You can check your bar membership status here. Anything other than an active status will require renewal of your membership. (Renewal information can be found here) Failure to file as an active attorney may result in the issuance of an order to show cause as to why the complaint should not be dismissed.

    October 2012

    • Notices of Removal Coming in November
      After a relatively smooth transition to civil case opening by attorneys, the Clerk’s Office is ready to add Notices of Removal to the list of case-initiating documents to be filed electronically. Beginning Nov. 1, 2012, attorneys will be required to open a new case in ECF when it is being removed from DC Superior Court. Please take a few moments to view the supplemental tutorial on our website, which highlights the differences in opening a new case with a Notice of Removal: Attorney Civil Case Opening Information
    • Reminder Regarding Separate Attachments
      Filers are reminded that any exhibits or affidavits submitted with your filings should be attached to the docket entry as separate PDF documents. They should not be included in the PDF of your main document (i.e., complaint, motion, etc.), and should be individual PDFs for each exhibit/affidavit whenever possible. Remember, if your PDF attachment is larger than 10 MB, be sure to break it up into smaller sized attachments.
    • Civil Case Opening Resources

    September 2012

    • Reminder of Serious Errors Re: Civil Case Opening
      Attorneys who are filing new cases in ECF are strongly urged to review the training materials and tutorials available on our website before attempting to file a new case if you have not been properly trained by our staff. Serious errors are occurring due to lack of training, causing extra work for both the filer and the Clerk’s Office. Please avoid doing any of the following:
      1. Opening two cases (a.k.a. shells) for the same complaint.
      2. Filing the complaint twice in the same case.
      3. Filing an amended complaint as an original complaint.
      4. Opening a miscellaneous case.

      For online training materials and tutorials, visit our website at:
      Attorney Civil Case Opening Information

    • Webinar Training Class Available to View Online Now you can get trained on civil case opening from your own office AND at any time! A recorded session of the previously offered webinar training class is now available online. Please visit our website for more information: Get Trained From Your Own Office
    • Do Not File Letters!
      The Clerk’s Office would like to remind all filers that documents in the form of letters or correspondence with a judge or the Clerk are non-compliant with the rules of this court. All documents must be in proper pleading format with the court header, case caption, case number and judge’s initials. For further guidelines, please review Local Rule 5.1(f): Local Rules
    • RSS Feed Now Available for ECF
      An RSS - or Really Simple Syndication - feed is available for use with the latest version of ECF. RSS feeds provide frequently updated content published by a website. When you subscribe, Internet Explorer will automatically check the website, in this case ECF, and will download all new content so you can see what is new since you last visited the feed. The RSS feed will provide an updated feed of ALL docket entries filed in ECF; you won’t be able to limit the feed to only the docket entries that you wish to see.

      To set up the RSS feed:

      1. Log in to ECF.
      2. On the blue menu bar at the top of the screen, click the CM/ECF button/icon (to the left of the CIVIL docketing link).
      3. In the Court Summary box, click the Further court information link.
      4. On the Court Information screen, click the Last 100 Entries - DCN link.
      5. In the District of Columbia - Recent Entries box, click the Subscribe to this feed link.

      To view the RSS in ECF:

      1. When you log in to ECF, the [Feeds] button will change color, letting you know that feeds are available.
      2. Click the [Feeds] button, then click the feed you wish to see.

    August 2012

    • Important Information Browsers and ECF
      The current version of ECF (5.1) was tested and works correctly with Firefox 3.5.x and Internet Explorer 7 and 8. Firefox version 3.6x also appears to function correctly with ECF. Use of other browsers or other versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer is NOT supported and may cause ECF to operate or display incorrectly, potentially resulting in improper or incomplete transactions. Additional technical information regarding browser versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer and how you may maintain a specific version on your computer to access ECF are available at the following links:

      http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/home
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/help

    • Helpful Search Feature
      Have you ever attempted to file a pleading but couldn’t find the filing event you wanted to use? ECF includes a SEARCH function, located on the blue menu bar at the top of the page, which simplifies the process. Simply type in the event or keyword you are looking for, click [Search] and the event or possible events will appear!
    • Two Webinar Training Classes Remain
      Just two webinar training classes for civil case opening by attorneys remain. The final two webinar classes will be held on Thursday, August 2nd at 10 a.m. and on Tuesday, August 7th at 2 p.m., and will last about one hour. Training is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged and is open to legal assistants, paralegals, etc. There are two portions to the webinar training session: a teleconference portion to hear what is being presented, and a WebEx web conferencing portion to see what is being presented, so both a phone and computer are required to participate.

      Visit the following link to register for a class: https://uscourts.webex.com/meet/nwilkens. Click Show All Meetings (to the right of today’s date) to see all scheduled training classes, then click Register to the right of a specific class to register for that class. If you have questions regarding webinar training, contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkins@dcd.uscourts.gov) for more details.

    • I Can't Participate in Training. Can't I Just Wing It?
      A: No. Training on how to open a civil case is not mandatory and we understand it doesn’t fit into everyone’s busy schedule. However, it is important to view the tutorials and other documentation available on our website before attempting to open your first case (Attorney Civil Case Opening Information). The tutorials contain many pointers on “how to” and/or “when not to” fill in a particular field on the case opening screens, as well as the party and alias selection screens. In addition, you may need to refer to the Civil Case Opening Manual for Attorneys or the Supplemental Manual: Civil Case Opening Screen-by-Screen numerous times during the case opening process, so be sure to print or save them and keep them handy. If you have viewed the tutorials and still need assistance during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), please contact the Clerk’s Office at (202) 354-3120 or (202) 354-3190.
    • Special Note to Department of Justice Attorney/Staff
      The WebEx web conferencing website is not accessible to DOJ attorneys/staff due to internet blocks set in place by your IT department, therefore you are unable to register for a webinar training class or participate in the WebEx training room session itself. However, the option to participate in only the teleconference portion of the training class is available and will still prove useful. If you would like to sign up for a class and participate only by phone (and follow along with course materials provided prior to class), please contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkins@dcd.uscourts.gov) to be registered.

    July 2012 - Special Edition: Training Classes Added

    • Two More Webinar Training Classes Added!
      Due to the high volume of registrants for the last two webinar training classes offered in July for civil case opening by attorneys, the Clerk’s Office has extended training to two more classes in August. The final two webinar classes will be held Thursday, August 2nd at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, August 7th at 2 p.m., and will last about one hour. However, a minimum of 10 registrants will be required for each class or the class will be cancelled.

      Training is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged and is open to legal assistants, paralegals, etc. There are two portions to the webinar training session: a teleconference portion to hear what is being presented, and a WebEx web conferencing portion to see what is being presented, so both a phone and computer are required to participate.

      Visit the following link to register for a class: https://uscourts.webex.com/meet/nwilkens. Click Show All Meetings (to the right of today’s date) to see all scheduled training classes, then click Register to the right of a specific class to register for that class. If you have questions regarding webinar training, contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkens@dcd.uscourts.gov) for more details.

    • Special Note to Department of Justice Attorney/Staff
      The WebEx web conferencing website is not accessible to DOJ attorneys/staff due to internet blocks set in place by your IT department, therefore you are unable to register for a webinar training class or participate in the WebEx training room session itself. However, the option to participate in only the teleconference portion of the training class is available and will still prove useful. If you would like to sign up for a class and participate only by phone (and follow along with course materials provided prior to class), please contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkens@dcd.uscourts.gov) to be registered.

    July 2012

    • Civil Case Opening By Attorneys Under Way
      Mandatory civil case opening by attorneys began July 1, 2012. Therefore, all new civil complaints filed by active members of the bar of this court (or certified government attorneys) must be filed electronically in ECF. Pro se filers previously granted ECF privileges should continue to file any new cases in paper. In addition, notices of removal, pro bono cases, and any emergency matters (e.g., Motions for Temporary Restraining Order) should be brought to the Clerk’s Office in paper and on disk until further notice. Tutorials and other training materials on civil case opening are available on our website: Attorney Civil Case Opening Information
    • Most Serious Errors
      Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth has put an administrative order in place that will be given to attorneys in non-compliance with the civil case opening mandate and procedures. Filers who make multiple and/or repetitive errors will be tracked and may be required to attend mandatory ECF training. Please note the following are two of the most serious errors you can make when opening a new civil case in ECF:
      1. Opening more than one case for the same complaint. DO NOT start over and open a second case if you make a mistake with the first one. Call us and we can correct any errors.
      2. Making two Complaint docket entries in the same case. If you forget to include attachments to the complaint, or if you omitted the addresses of the parties on your complaint, etc., draft a Notice of Filing to correct any errors/omissions and file it as a Notice (Other). DO NOT file everything again as a second Complaint.
    • Last Chance For Training
      Only two webinar opportunities remain for anyone who would like to receive training on how to open a civil case in ECF: July 18th at 10 a.m. and July 26th at 10 a.m.. (Note: Training is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged and is open to legal assistants, paralegals, etc.). There are two portions to the webinar training session: a teleconference portion to hear what is being presented, and a WebEx web conferencing portion to see what is being presented, so both a phone and computer are required to participate.

      Visit the following link to register for a class: https://uscourts.webex.com/meet/nwilkens. Click Show All Meetings (to the right of today’s date) to see all scheduled training classes, then click Register to the right of a specific class to register for that class. If you have questions regarding webinar training, contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkens@dcd.uscourts.gov) for more details.

    June 2012 - Special Edition: Civil Case Opening

    • Mandatory Electronic Civil Case Opening Begins July 1st
      Just a reminder that beginning July 1, 2012, all new civil complaints filed by active members of the bar of this court (or certified government attorneys) must be filed electronically in ECF. Pro se filers previously granted ECF privileges should continue to file any new cases in paper. In addition, notices of removal, pro bono cases, and any emergency matters (e.g., Motions for Temporary Restraining Order) should be brought to the Clerk’s Office in paper and on disk until further notice.
    • Review of Requirements for Civil Case Opening
      For those who have not been trained on how to open a civil case electronically, or who may not need to file a new case right away, please take a moment to review the training materials and tutorials available on our website: ECF Forms, Training Documents, and Other Information

      Also, please note the following requirements for opening a new civil case in ECF:

      1. Attorneys must be an active member of the bar of our court or a certified government attorney (no pro hac vice or pro bono attorneys). To check your current status, visit our website: Bar Member/Attorney Information Lookup
      2. Civil complaints only; no miscellaneous cases and no Notices of Removal until further notice.
      3. Emergency matters (e.g., complaints accompanied by a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction) are exempt from electronic filing and should be brought to the Clerk’s Office.
      4. DO NOT file anything sealed!
      5. Completed civil cover sheet (JS-44 Rev. 5/12 DC) and summons(es) must be attachments to your complaint.
      6. Whenever possible, use Internet Explorer 7 or 8 to open your new case; we have had problems/issues using other browsers.
      7. Must have the ability to pay filing fee with a valid credit/debit card or ACH (Bank Account) payment.
    • Entering Party Names in a New Case
      As a reminder, please note the following criteria on how to correctly add party names to a new civil case:
      1. Party names and aliases should be entered in ALL CAPS.
      2. SEARCH first!; do not create duplicate parties.
      3. Drop “The,” “An,” and “A” from party names and aliases.
      4. DO NOT add address, telephone or email information to any party.
      5. Remember to change the Role of each party to plaintiff or defendant.
      6. Party text is entered in upper and lower case letters.
      7. Enter parties in the order they appear on your complaint.
      8. A maximum of 50 plaintiffs and ALL defendants must be added to the case.
    • Training For Opening New Civil Cases
      Beginning July 1, 2012, training on civil case opening will not be available at the courthouse or on site at law firms. However, webinar training has been extended for a limited number of classes in the month of July to help those who still want training, but may not have a civil case to file right away. (Note: Training is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged and is open to legal assistants, paralegals, etc.). There are two portions to the webinar training session: a teleconference portion to hear what is being presented, and a WebEx web conferencing portion to see what is being presented, so both a phone and computer are required to participate.

      Visit the following link to register for a class: https://uscourts.webex.com/meet/nwilkens. Click Show All Meetings (to the right of today’s date) to see all scheduled training classes, then click Register to the right of a specific class to register for that class. If you have questions regarding webinar training, contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkens@dcd.uscourts.gov) for more details.

    • Documents Still To Be Emailed and Filed by the Court
      Although we have trained many attorneys and their staff on how to enter new parties when opening a civil case, we ask that you please refrain from filing any other types of documents or motions that may require adding new parties to the docket. The following documents should continue to be emailed to the court (dcd_cmecf@dcd.uscourts.gov) until further notice:
      1. Amended
      2. Motions to Intervene
      3. Motions to Appear as Amicus Curiae
      4. Third-party Complaints
      5. Crossclaims (when not filed as part of an Answer)
      6. Counterclaims (when not filed as part of an Answer)
      7. Claims (re: forfeiture of property)
      8. Motions to Quash Subpoena (by non-parties)
    • Need Help?
      Questions about opening a new civil case in ECF? Feel free to call our Intake section or the Civil Help Desk for guidance:

      Intake: (202) 354-3120
      Civil Help Desk: (202) 354-3190

    June 2012

    • Get Trained From Your Own Office
      The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has introduced webinar training for civil case opening by attorneys. The class is about one hour long and allows for a large number of participants, so that more of our bar may be trained prior to the July 1st mandate of opening new civil cases electronically. Classes are offered on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. EDT, and on Thursdays at 10 a.m. EDT, throughout the month of June. There are two portions to the webinar training session: a teleconference portion to hear what is being presented (a toll-free number will be provided to listen and participate by phone), and a WebEx web conferencing portion to see what is being presented (it may be necessary to download WebEx tools/features or enable browser capabilities in advance if you are new to the program).

      Visit the following link to register for a class: https://uscourts.webex.com/meet/nwilkens.

      Click Show All Meetings (to the right of today’s date) to see all scheduled training classes, then click Register to the right of a specific class to register for that class. If you have questions regarding webinar training, contact Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkens@dcd.uscourts.gov) for more details.

    • Pro Se Parties With ECF Filing Privileges
      Pro se parties who have previously been granted ECF filing privileges in a case should not open a new civil case electronically. Civil case opening only applies to attorneys who are active members of the bar of our court. Pro se plaintiffs should continue to file their complaints and other case initiating documents in paper and move to file electronically on a case-by-case basis.
    • Need Help?
      Questions about opening a new civil case in ECF? Feel free to call our Intake section or the Civil Help Desk for guidance.
      Intake: (202) 354-3120
      Civil Help Desk: (202) 354-3190
    • Reminders for Attorneys Opening New Civil Cases in ECF
      1. The addresses of the parties must be provided in the caption of the case for the parties. (LCvR 5.1(e))
      2. The complaint must be double spaced. (LCvR 5.1(f))
      3. A motion has to be accompanied by a proposed order. (LCvR 7(c))
      4. A memorandum in support of/in opposition to a motion cannot be in excess of 45 pages. (LCvR 7(e))
      5. If the plaintiff is a corporation, a Certificate of Corporate Disclosure is required. (LCvR 7.1)
      6. The use of et al. is not permitted in the caption of your complaint; you must name each defendant. (LCvR5.1(e))
      7. The name of the Court is required at the top of the first page of the complaint. (FRCvP 10(a))
      8. A complaint must be filed the same day the case is opened. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      9. The complaint should not be filed twice. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      10. Party names and aliases must be entered in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      11. Enter a maximum of 50 plaintiffs in the case, but enter ALL defendants. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      12. The civil cover sheet and the summons(es) are attachments to the complaint. Our civil cover sheet can be found at: http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/new-case-forms (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      13. A complaint with a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order must be filed at the intake counter in paper. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      14. A complaint with a Motion for Pseudonym must be filed at the intake counter in paper. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)
      15. A complaint with a Motion for Use of Post Office Box for the plaintiff must be filed at the intake counter in paper. (Clerk's Office Procedure for filing a complaint electronically)

    May 2012

    • Reminders for Attorneys Opening New Civil Cases
      For those attorneys who have been trained and given permission to open new civil cases electronically, we would like to clarify and remind you of two things:
      1. DO NOT open the shell of a case without filing a complaint to go with it. Even if a statute of limitations is not an issue, the complaint MUST be filed the same day the case is opened. In other words, do not open the case with the idea of filing the complaint a few days later. The case number will be voided and parties deleted after a reasonable amount of time has passed with no complaint filed.
      2. DO NOT enter new parties unless you are opening a new case and/or filing a complaint. Attorneys have been granted privileges to add new parties ONLY when opening a new case. Amended Complaints, Third-Party Complaints, Motions to Intervene, and Motions to Appear as Amicus Curiae still need to be emailed to the court (dcd_cmecf@dcd.uscourts.gov) until further notice.
    • New Civil Cover Sheet!
      A newly updated Civil Cover Sheet is now required for new civil cases (JS-44 Rev. 5/12 DC). Some new Natures of Suit have been added and others removed, so please be sure to use the updated form found on our website: http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/new-case-forms
    • Webinar Training for Civil Case Opening Coming in June
      The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will introduce webinar training for opening new civil cases beginning in June. The class is projected to be about 45 minutes long and will allow for a large number of participants, so that more of our bar can be trained prior to the July 1st mandate of opening new civil cases electronically. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., and on Thursdays at 10 a.m., throughout the month of June.

      A computer or laptop with internet connection and a phone will be required to participate. Also, please view the online Tutorial: Entering Party Names and print the Supplemental Manual: Civil Case Opening Screen-By-Screen (http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/ecf-information) prior to participating in a training class.

      Visit the following link to register for a class: https://uscourts.webex.com/meet/nwilkens.

      Click Show All Meetings (to the right of today’s date) to see all scheduled training classes, then click Register to the right of a specific class to register for that class. If you encounter problems, send an email to Nicole Wilkens (nicole_wilkens@dcd.uscourts.gov) with the date and time of your desired training class.

    • Patent/Trademark and Copyright Forms Required at Case Opening
      Just a reminder that regardless of whether you are filing a civil case over the counter or via ECF, you must submit all proper case opening documents. This includes the Report on the Filing or Determination of an Action Regarding a Patent or Trademark and the Report on the Filing or Determination of an Action or Appeal Regarding a Copyright. These and other case opening forms are available online: New Case Forms
    • Updated Training Documents Now Online
      Some civil case opening training documents have been updated or revised. Please visit our website for the latest version of these documents: ECF Information. Be sure to check back regularly for further updates as things may change or come up throughout the training process.

    April 2012

    • Update RE: Electronic Filing of Civil Complaints by Attorneys
      On March 15, 2012, the Attorney Civil Case Opening module was made available for optional use in CM/ECF. Between now and June 30, 2012, any active member of the bar of this court and registered ECF user who receives training can voluntarily open new civil cases electronically (complaints only). To date, more than 40 cases have been opened successfully by attorneys. Effective July 1, 2012, it will be mandatory that most new civil cases be opened by attorneys using the case opening module. (Note: Emergency matters, Notices of Removal, and Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus will not be filed electronically by attorneys in the foreseeable future). To learn more about attorney civil case opening, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our website here.
    • Training for Opening New Cases Continues
      Training on opening new civil cases is strongly encouraged prior to the July 1st mandatory requirement and has been in full swing since its announcement last month. Currently, all training classes for May and June show as “closed” on our online registration site. However, prior registration is no longer necessary. Anyone interested in attending training is encouraged to simply select a scheduled training class, report to the Clerk’s Office (Room 1225) at the appropriate time, and someone will escort you to the training area. Arrangements for training large groups (minimum 15 people) at your agency or law firm may still be made by contacting Joe Burgess at (202) 354-3172 or Tiffany Reed at (202) 354-3064. In addition, stay tuned for information regarding webinar training opportunities in the near future.
    • Reminders for Attorneys Filing New Cases
      • Miscellaneous cases are not being opened electronically at this time, only civil complaints.
      • Use Internet Explorer to open new cases when possible; some problems have arisen with other web browsers.
      • Be sure to use OUR civil cover sheet (form JS 44), and not that of another court: New Case Forms
      • Submit the appropriate summonses for 21/60-, 30-, 60- or 45-day answer deadlines: New Case Forms
      • Multiple summonses can be merged together and attached to the complaint as one PDF file.
      • Before attaching the civil cover sheet or summons, PRINT them to a new PDF file (select Adobe PDF as your printer) so that the fillable text fields are made fixed and unable to be modified; simply saving the completed forms allows text fields to be modified once attached to the complaint.
      • Remember the acronym CASE: Capital letters, Active member of our bar, Search for parties, Electronic.
    • Please Submit All Necessary Summonses
      Please remember to include all appropriate summonses with new case submissions, whether done electronically or over the counter. A summons is required for each named defendant in the complaint. In addition, complaints against the United States or other federal defendants require additional summonses to be issued to both the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. Also, complaints against the District of Columbia or other DC government defendants require that additional summonses be issued to the DC Attorney General and DC Mayor. All required sections (i.e. case caption, defendant’s name and address, attorney’s name and address) must also be filled out completely and accurately.

    March 2012

    • Mandate Re: Electronic Filing of Civil Complaints by Attorneys
      Beginning March 15, 2012, the Attorney Civil Case Opening module will be available for optional use in CM/ECF. Upon receiving training, any active member of the bar of this court and registered ECF user can voluntarily open new civil cases and file complaints electronically. Effective July 1, 2012, it will be mandatory that most new civil cases be opened by attorneys using this module. (Note: Emergency matters, Notices of Removal, and Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus will not be filed electronically by attorneys in the foreseeable future).

      Training is available at the court by online registration: ECF Training. Arrangements for training large groups at your agency or law firm may be made by contacting Joe Burgess at (202) 354-3172 or Tiffany Reed at (202) 354-3064.

      Some benefits of Attorney Civil Case Opening include:

      1. Attorneys can open a new civil case (complaints only) and receive a case number immediately, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
      2. Summonses are available immediately upon issuance; no need to make a trip to the courthouse to pick them up, or wait for them to arrive by mail.
      3. Filing fee is paid online; no need to send a check to the Clerk’s Office via messenger.
      4. Reduced costs associated with paper filings.

      To learn more about attorney civil case opening, please visit our website at: ECF Information.

    • Frequently Asked Questions About Mandatory Opening of Civil Cases
      Q: Is training mandatory?
      A. No. However, new case filing by attorneys is completely new to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and there is a lot of room for error. Deficiency notices will be sent to the judges and placed on the public docket when errors are made. In addition, training may not be readily available after July 1, 2012. Therefore, we strongly encourage training to make this transition as easy as possible for both attorneys and Clerk’s Office staff.

      Q: Is everyone in the firm required to attend training? A: No. A paralegal or administrative assistant may attend training in place of the attorney(s). We ask only that a list of the attorneys in that firm be provided to us so that the necessary case opening permissions can be given to their ECF accounts.

      Q: Are attorneys outside the DC Metropolitan area required to attend training? A: No. You can review our training materials online and fill out and sign the Out of Town Certification form. (ECF Information)

      Q: What is considered “outside the DC Metropolitan area”? A: Generally, attorneys in Virginia and Maryland that are over an hour away from the DC limits would be considered outside the DC Metropolitan area and can review training materials online, rather than appearing in person. This would also include all other out-of-state attorneys that may practice in our court.

      Q: What are the requirements for hosting the training at our firm? A: A minimum of 15 trainees are required to be present for training at a law firm or other agency. Required equipment includes: a screen that everyone can view, a computer/laptop, and an internet connection. Also, the firm must be within walking distance of a Metro station. To schedule group training, call Joe Burgess or Tiffany Reed.

      Q: I am a criminal attorney, pro hac vice attorney, or a pro se party with ECF filing privileges. Should I receive training? A: No. Mandatory case opening is only for civil complaints filed by active members of the bar of this court.

      Q: When I click on a date on the training calendar, it says the sign up is closed. What do I do? A: Training classes are booked for all of March and most of April. You may check for availability for the end of April and May. Training classes for June will be available in the near future.

    • Local Rules Governing the Filing of New Complaints
      There are a number of local rules that must be followed when filing a new complaint and other case-opening documents, whether done in paper or electronically. Below are the most important ones:
      1. The plaintiff’s residence address must be provided in the caption. (LCvR 5.1(e))
      2. The complaint must be double spaced. (LCvR 5.1(f))
      3. Motions must be accompanied by a proposed order. (LCvR 7(c))
      4. A Disclosure of Corporate Affiliation and Financial Interest is required for every corporate plaintiff. (LCvR 7.1)
      5. A civil cover sheet is required and is specific to this court. This court’s civil cover sheet can be found at: Civil Cover Sheet
      6. DO NOT file sealed material electronically. (LCvR 5.1(j)(4))
      7. DO NOT file a request to allow pseudonym electronically. (LCvR 5.1(j)(1))

    January/February 2012

    • New Response to Motion Event
      A new event is now available on the CIVIL docketing menu in ECF. It is Response to Motion and can be found on the Oppositions and Replies menu. This event should be used when filing a response to a motion that is not an opposition (e.g., a separate consent to a motion or a response stating you do not oppose it). If you are filing an opposition, please continue to use the appropriate Memorandum in Opposition to Motion event.
    • ECF/System Outages or Problems
      As a reminder, documents may be submitted by email in the event of a system outage or problem with ECF (dcd_cmecf@dcd.uscourts.gov). In addition to an email submission, counsel should also contact the Clerk’s Office by phone (202-354-3190 for civil, 202-354-3160 for criminal) to alert us of the problem you encountered (unless it is scheduled maintenance planned in advance by the Clerk’s Office). If there is any concern in missing a court-imposed deadline, a Motion to Extend Time should be filed either by email or directly in ECF. Please keep in mind that email submissions are a courtesy to those filers experiencing technical difficulties (whether it is a planned outage on our part, or some other problem) and the use of them should not be abused.
    • Details in Email Submissions
      Documents submitted by email should contain an appropriate subject line (including the case number and caption) and a brief message describing what is being filed and why. Also, please make sure PDF files are named appropriately for faster and easier processing.
    • Case Numbers and Captions in Consolidated Cases
      There are a couple of different ways to docket in consolidated cases, based on judge preference. Regardless of whether you are ordered to docket your pleadings only in the lead case or to spread the docket entry to all member cases, it is important to note how your document should be captioned. All documents in a consolidated case should include the lead case number and lead case caption as part of the main header. Then list any member case numbers below the lead case number. It is important to include the case numbers of all of the consolidated cases on your documents for easy reference.
    • Case Numbers and Captions on Returns of Service
      All returns of service MUST contain a case caption and case number. If you are filing process server affidavits or return receipts (from the U.S. Postal Service, Fed Ex, etc.), they must contain the case caption and case number OR be attached as exhibits to a Notice of Filing or other applicable main document with the full cast caption and case number.
    • Selecting Parties Served for Returns of Service
      When filing returns of service, be sure to only select the appropriate party or parties served. Please DO NOT select the “All Defendants” option to the right of the filers menu unless all defendants have in fact been served and are represented in that single docket entry. For all other instances, select the specific party or parties served that match the return of service being filed with that docket entry.
  • 2011

    November/December 2011

    • Bar Membership and Attorney Information Lookup
      Attorneys are required to be an “active” member of the bar of this court to be permitted to file a new complaint or document in a case. (This is separate and in addition to being a member of the DC or other state bar). To stay active, attorneys are required to renew their bar memberships with our court every three (3) years or they become “provisional” and are temporarily barred from filing. If you are unsure of your status with the court prior to appearing in a case and/or filing a document, you can check your status and other information (e.g., whether your address, phone number, etc., are current) on our website at: http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/bar-attorney-lookup
    • Problems Exist for Certain Internet Browsers
      Some problems have arisen from the use of ECF in conjunction with certain versions of internet browsers. Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs) may not be viewed properly and filing problems may occur when using the following web browsers:

      Safari (for Mac and iPads)
      Mozilla Firefox (any version higher than 3.5)
      Internet Explorer (any version higher than 9)

      Filers should refrain from accessing NEFs via email using these browsers.

    • Pay Attention to Deadlines
      The Clerk’s Office strongly encourages filers to refrain from waiting until the last minute to file your documents, particularly when dealing with large and/or numerous attachments. Although the filing process might begin before midnight on a given day, processing the documents in ECF may take longer or be slower than expected, resulting in the docket entry being posted after midnight and therefore, after the deadline. Please keep in mind, the “Date Filed” is determined by the date/time the docket entry is posted to the docket, not the date/time the entry was submitted. In addition, there is no telling when a technical problem may arise, barring a successful and timely filing. When faced with time constraints or technical difficulties with a looming deadline, please note the following Local Rule:

      Local Rule 5.4

      (g) INCORRECT FILINGS AND TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

      (3) The inability to complete an electronic filing because of technical problems may constitute “cause” for an order enlarging time or “exclusable neglect” for the failure to act within the specified time, within the meaning of F.R.Civ.P. 6(b). Counsel or parties encountering technical problems with CM/ECF filing shall immediately notify a Clerk’s Office employee of the problem by telephone and immediately send written confirmation of that notification to the Office of the Clerk. This Rule does not provide authority to extend statutory and jurisdictional time limits.

       

      COMMENT to LCvR 5.4(g): Notice to the Clerk that technical problems interfered with electronic filing can provide a contemporaneous record in support of a party’s motion under F.R.Civ.P. 6(b) for an order enlarging time. Only the Court, not the Clerk, may enlarge time. However, if the filing deadline is statutory and jurisdictional, electronic filers should take care not to wait until the last minute to file since not even technical difficulties will provide a means for the Court to extend the deadline.

    • Friendly Reminder Regarding Logins and Passwords
      Please remember that although it may appear that ECF and PACER are one and the same, they are really two separate but interconnected systems that have two different functions, and therefore require two unique logins. Generally, ECF is used to file documents in a case. PACER is used to view documents in a case (Note: See next topic for special circumstances).

      If you are unable to see the Civil and Criminal docketing menus in ECF, it means you are logged in as a PACER user and will not be able to file anything electronically without first logging out and then logging back in using your ECF login information. Please keep your login and password information available and ready to use when a filing deadline approaches. If you forget or lose your ECF password, you can request a new one on our website at: https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PwReset.pl. (Please allow 24-48 hours to process your request). However, if you have issues with your PACER login/password, you will need to contact the PACER Service Center directly at (800) 676-6856.

    • Accessing Restricted Documents Via NEFs
      There are a few instances in which an ECF login, rather than a PACER login, is necessary to view a document. This occurs when certain private or restricted documents are received via a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) email. In order to view these types of documents, ECF must recognize that you are an attorney of record in the case before allowing you to view the document. Therefore, you must be logged in using your ECF login/password and not your PACER login/password. Such private/restricted documents are filed in criminal, alien detainee (Nature of Suite Codes 462, 463 and 465), and Social Security cases. As a rule of thumb, if you are unable to view a document from an NEF using your PACER login, log out and log back in with your ECF login. If you are still unable to view the document, call the Clerk’s Office for assistance at (202) 354-3190.
    • Update on Civil Case Opening Training for Attorneys
      In August of this year, the Clerk’s Office began a pilot program to train attorneys and their staff to open civil cases and file new complaints in ECF. In mid-October, trained attorneys and staff were given permission to file their own complaints. During that time, two new civil cases were filed electronically with the assistance of Clerk’s Office staff. Currently, we have trained attorneys and staff from 28 law firms and several private and government agencies. Permission to open cases electronically was given to 138 attorneys in October and November and training will continue monthly.

      Those attorneys wishing to file new civil cases electronically can schedule training at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse using the ECF Training Class Calendar on our website: http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/ecf-information (Limit 10 people per class; the next scheduled class is Monday, Dec. 12th). On-site training at law firms can also be arranged for groups of 20 or more (must be present for entire training class) by contacting Joe Burgess at (202) 354-3172. In addition, login names and passwords can be issued to interested attorneys who wish to use our training database to practice opening new civil cases. To request this information, please contact Joe Burgess (joe_burgess@dcd.uscourts.gov) or Tiffany Reed (tiffany_reed@dcd.uscourts.gov).

    October 2011

    • Change in Miscellaneous Fees
      The Judicial Conference has approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule for district courts. The following fees will go into effect November 1, 2011:
      New Miscellaneous Case: $45.00
      Record Search: $30.00
      Certification: $11.00
      Audio Recording: $30.00
      Microfiche: $6.00
      Record Retrieval: $53.00
      Returned Check Fee: $53.00
      Misdemeanor Appeal: $37.00
      Attorney Admission: $206.00
      Certificate of Good Standing: $19.00
      Cuban Liberation Civil Filing: $6355.00
    • Civil Case Opening Training Has Begun!
      Training is now available for attorneys interested in opening new civil cases electronically in ECF. Attorneys eligible to receive training must be active members of the bar of our court and be able to pay the case-opening filing fee with a credit card or ACH payment (debit) via pay.gov. Once trained, attorneys will be certified to open and file new civil cases electronically. All support staff who may be involved with ECF filing are also encouraged to attend training.

      Those attorneys wishing to file new civil cases electronically can schedule training at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse using the ECF Training on our website: ECF Information (Limit 10 people per class; Classes for November will be available for registration on Nov. 4, 2011). On-site training at law firms can also be arranged for groups of 20 or more (must be present for entire training class) by contacting Joe Burgess at (202) 354-3172. In addition, login names and passwords can be issued to interested attorneys who wish to use our training database to practice opening new civil cases. To request this information, please contact Joe Burgess (joe_burgess@dcd.uscourts.gov) or Tiffany Reed (tiffany_reed@dcd.uscourts.gov).

    • How Do I File ... A Cross Motion and Opposition
      A cross motion and opposition can be combined into one document, but must be filed as two separate docket entries with the same document and exhibits attached to each entry. File the documents twice, once as a Motion and once as a Memorandum in Opposition. The same applies to a combined opposition and reply (two entries: Memorandum in Opposition and Reply to Opposition) or combined status report and motion (two entries: Status Report and Motion).

    September 2011

    • Training on Opening New Civil Cases Electronically
      Beginning mid-October, training classes on how to open new civil cases electronically in ECF will be available to attorneys and their staff at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. Those firms wishing to file new civil cases electronically should schedule training using the ECF Training Class Calendar on our website: ECF Information. Eligible attorneys must be active members of the bar of our court and be able to pay the case-opening filing fee with a credit or debit card via pay.gov. Once trained, filers will be certified to open and file new civil cases electronically. All support staff who may be involved with ECF filing are encouraged to attend training.
    • ECF Version 5.0 Coming Soon!
      The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will upgrade to version 5.0 of ECF before the end of this year. While the majority of the new features of this release will only affect court staff users, there is one change that will require attention by public users: more secure passwords. Upon first logging in after the upgrade, all attorneys and pro se filers with access to ECF will be required to change their password to conform with new password security requirements (at least eight characters, both upper and lower case, and at least one digit or special character). An email alert will be sent to all ECF users prior to the upgrade.
    • Retroactive Application of Crack Cocaine Ammendment
      On November 1, 2011, the retroactive application of crack cocaine amendment to federal sentencing guidelines implementing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 will take effect. Any motions related to this retroactive amendment should be filed as a Motion to Reduce Sentence re Crack Cocaine Offense - 18:3582. This event can be accessed via the CRIMINAL docketing menu in ECF, under Motions. Please be sure to use this specific event when filing motions related to this retroactive sentencing amendment, or the motion will be entered in error and you will be required to refile it using the correct event.
    • New Motion Reliefs Added!
      Based on the number of motions that are filed regarding scheduling orders and the modification thereof, three new “reliefs” (events) have been added to the civil Motions menu in ECF for your filing convenience. They are: Briefing Schedule, Scheduling Order, and Modify. Please be sure to use these specific reliefs when filing the applicable motion rather than using generic options like Motion for Order or Miscellaneous Relief.
    • How do I File a......Surreply?
      Leave of court is required before filing a Surreply. To accurately move for leave, file a Motion for Leave to File with the proposed Surreply attached to the motion as an exhibit. If the Motion for Leave to File is granted by the court, a member of the Clerk’s Office staff will refile the Surreply as a new and separate docket entry.

    August 2011

    • Volunteers Needed
      The Clerk’s Office is seeking 20 volunteers for a pilot project for the electronic filing of new civil cases (complaints only). If you anticipate filing a new civil complaint on or before September 1st and have an interest in filing your case electronically, please contact Joe Burgess (Joe_Burgess@dcd.uscourts.gov) or Tiffany Reed ((Tiffany_Reed@dcd.uscourts.gov). In order to participate, volunteers must take a three-hour training class at the courthouse at a time to be determined by the trainer and your schedule. Thank you in advance for your interest!
    • When do I file an Errata?
      An Errata is to be filed to correct minor typos, omissions, or similar errors in a previously filed document. It should be titled an Errata, filed using the event Errata (under Other Documents), and linked to the previous docket entry that contained the errors. If you are making substantive changes to your original document, or would prefer to file a corrected version of it, you should file the amended or corrected document/motion in full, as if you were filing it for the first time. For instance, if substantive corrections were made to a Memorandum in Opposition to a Motion to Dismiss, you would file an amended opposition, using the event Memorandum in Opposition (under Oppositions and Replies). You can then add the word “Amended” to your docket entry. Rule of thumb: A simple Errata should not be filed as a Memorandum in Opposition, and an Amended Memorandum in Opposition should not be filed in full as an Errata.
    • Fillable Forms
      When submitting an online fillable PDF form for filing (e.g., Notice of Appearance), please be sure to first PRINT it as a new PDF document before attaching it to the docket entry. Printing the document to a new PDF makes the information/text fields fixed and unalterable. Conversely, simply saving the PDF allows the information/text fields to remain open and unfixed, thereby allowing them to be altered or tampered with.
    • Select ALL FILERS
      Please be sure you are correctly selecting all parties represented in your motion/document when filing it. To select more than one party from the Party Selection list, hold the <CTRL> key down and click on each name. Be sure to double check you have selected all of the represented parties and not just the lead plaintiff or defendant before making your final submission
    • How Do I File ... an Administrative Record?
      Whether you are filing an Administrative Record in full or in part, it should be accompanied by a Notice of Filing and filed in ECF using the event Administrative Record (under Other Documents). Please do not use the generic event Notice (Other). Whenever possible, Administrative Records should be scanned and attached to the docket entries in their entirety, rather than submitted to the Clerk’s Office on CD/disk or paper. More than one docket entry can be made to accommodate the size of your filing, as long as each one is filed as an Administrative Record and contains the Notice of Filing as the first attached document.
    • Reminder Regarding Sealed Documents
      Please remember that it is counsel’s responsibility to serve any sealed documents on the opposing party. The Clerk’s Office is not responsible for effecting service of such documents. Also, all sealed documents must contain a Certificate of Service.

    July 2011

    • Take Your Time!
      Many filing errors can be avoided if you can take just one extra moment to review your entry before submitting it to ECF. Here are some questions to ask yourself before the final submission:
      • Does my document contain the correct header, case number/caption, and appropriate signatures?
      • Did I select the event that best matches the title of my document?
      • Did I select all applicable filers?
      • Did I select all parts of my motion from the Available Events menu (if applicable)?
      • Did I attach all the necessary documents to the entry?
      • Did I link my current docket entry to the correct previous docket entry (if applicable)?
      • Is my entry clear and concise, without containing redundant information/language?
    • New Case Documents
      Please remember to include a disk or CD containing PDF versions of your case-opening documents (i.e. complaint, civil cover sheet, etc.) at the time your new case is submitted to the Clerk’s Office. This expedites the opening and availability of your case in ECF. If you cannot submit a disk/CD with the complaint or other initiating document, you MUST deliver a disk/CD or email the documents by 9:00 a.m. the next business day. PDFs can be emailed to: dcd_cmecf@dcd.uscourts.gov.
    • Converting to PDF v. Scanning
      Documents that are created in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect should be converted or printed to a PDF document, not scanned. Registered ECF users (who have been assigned a login and password) can use a typed signature on such documents (e.g., /s/ John Johnson) and there is no need for a handwritten signature. Converting a document to PDF helps reduce file size, making documents faster and easier to download and view. Scanning should be reserved for exhibits or attachments to your main document and any affidavits or declarations that must contain a real signature. Also, please remember to scan at a low resolution (300 dots per inch) and in black and white only.
    • Documents that Require a Notice of Filing
      A Notice of Filing must accompany any document that A) does not contain a proper court header/caption (e.g., exhibits or affidavits that are filed separately from a motion or related filing), and/or B) was inadvertently left off of a previous filing/docket entry (e.g., proposed orders, certificates of service). The Notice of Filing should also contain a brief description of what is being filed and why as well as the attorney’s signature.
    • Filing Fees
      Filing fees paid in person can be paid in cash, by check, or by money order. Please note that “starter checks” (checks temporarily issued on a new checking account) cannot be accepted for payment of filing fees. Appeal fees can be paid online by registered ECF users using a credit card and the online payment service, pay.gov.

    June 2011

    • Attorney Admissions Renewal Now Online

      The U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia require members of the Bar to renew their membership every three years to remain active. There are now two options for renewal of membership – online using ECF and Pay.gov (credit card) or by the standard method of mailing the renewal form and fee (check). When notified that it is time to renew, attorneys are encouraged to complete the renewal process online using ECF and Pay.gov as outlined further on our website:

      Attorney Admissions and Renewal Information

      Attorneys who elect to complete the renewal process by mail should send their renewal form and check to the following address:

      U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia
      P.O. Box 79399
      Baltimore, MD 21279-0399

      Please note, this is not a notice that all attorneys should renew their membership to our Bar right now. Attorneys will be notified when it is time to renew. The Clerk’s Office just wishes to advise attorneys of the new online renewal option for future use.

    • Large Additional Attachments

      In an effort to eliminate as much paper as possible, the Clerk’s Office encourages even the most voluminous of exhibits to be filed electronically via ECF. To that end, the event Large Additional Attachment(s) (found under Other Documents on both the Civil and Criminal docketing menus) was created. If the exhibits, attachments, declarations, etc., of any document are too large or numerous for one docket entry, they can be broken down and filed in ECF as additional docket entries by using the Large Additional Attachment(s) event. A Notice or Praecipe must accompany these large exhibits and include the case caption, case number, and attorney’s signature (typed or handwritten). The event allows for 10 attachments (5 MB each) to be uploaded within a 20-minute window before the system will time out. As many docket entries can be made as needed to get all exhibits uploaded to the docket, but be sure to select the original docket entry (i.e. Motion for Summary Judgment) to which the attachments relate when asked to do so. Also, please note that the Large Additional Attachment(s) event should only be used when filing numerous and voluminous exhibits. Use the event Errata (also found under Other Documents) when one or more smaller exhibits were inadvertently omitted from the original document.

    • Appeal Fees in Consolidated Cases
      According to the District Clerks’ Manual, Chapter/Section 13.03(f), if an appeal is for more than one case and the cases are consolidated, only one docketing fee and one filing fee are paid ($455.00 total). To avoid paying the appeal fee multiple times, make only one docket entry for the Notice of Appeal in the lead case (if asked to “spread text” to the member case(s), do so, but do not file individual Notices of Appeal in each individual member case).
    • Criminal Notices of Appearance
      When filing a Notice of Appearance in a criminal case, defense counsel should designate whether they are retained or CJA appointed. For sealed cases, submit an original and one copy of the Notice of Appearance in paper with a certificate of service and a PDF version on disk.
    • Submission of Sealed Documents
      This is a reminder that sealed documents must be filed with the Clerk’s Office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sealed documents must not be left in the overnight drop box, nor emailed to the Clerk’s Office ECF email box.

    May 2011

    • New Docket Entries for Returns of Service on DC Defendants
      We have created new specific docket entries that should now be used when filing Returns of Service as to District of Columbia defendants (in their official capacity only).
      1. For the summons served on the DC Attorney General, use the docket entry:
        ➤ SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED AS TO DC ATTORNEY GENERAL
      2. For the summons served on the Mayor of DC, use the docket entry:
        ➤ SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED AS TO THE MAYOR FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBI
      3. For the summons served on DC defendants (in their official capacity only), one entry can be made and separate dates of service can be entered for all returns of service using the docket entry:
        ➤ SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED AS TO DC DEFENDANT
      4. The complete Return of Service Quick Reference Guide is available on our website at: ECF Filing Pointers
    • Disk/PDF Must Match Paper
      Please be sure that the PDF version of your filing submitted on CD or disk matches the paper version of your document exactly. This includes, in particular, any edits or redactions of personal identifying information, and all exhibits, headers, captions and signatures. For example, if a party’s name appears as John Doe on the paper document, it should appear as John Doe on the disk as well. Or if a social security number has been blacked out on the paper version, it should be redacted on the disk version as well. When a CD or disk is provided, the filing will be made from the CD/disk and should reflect the document exactly as you wish it to appear on the ECF docket.
    • Reminder of Correspondence/Letter Rule and Proper Formatting of Documents
      Pursuant to Local Rule 5.1(b), correspondence/letters to the judge are not permitted (unless directed by the judge) and should never be filed on the docket. Anything that should be made a part of the record MUST be in proper pleading/motion/notice format, pursuant to Local Rule 5.1(f), which states in part: “Every paper shall contain a heading under the caption describing the nature of the pleading, motion or other paper.....The case number on every paper shall be followed by the initials of the judge to whom the case has been assigned.” In addition, documents in multi-defendant criminal cases should include the defendant number in the case number (i.e. 11cr1000-8).
    • Make Sure to Link Your Docket Entries
      If you are filing a document that directly relates to a previous docket entry, please be sure to “link” it to that entry. When presented with the question, Should the document you are filing link to another document in this case?, click the box next to it (a green checkmark will appear) and click SUBMIT. ECF will then open a screen with all of the previous docket entries in the case, and you can select the one(s) your document relates to by clicking the box(es) to the left (again, a green checkmark will appear in those you selected). This is an important step in the filing process, as it makes for a clear and concise docket entry, and allows for easier reference between related docket entries. Examples of documents that should be linked back to previous docket entries include: Erratas, Responses, Replies, Supplemental Memorandums, Notices of Appeal, some Notices of Filing, and some Motions (i.e. Strike, Extension of Time, Amend, Reconsideration, Withdraw, etc.).