CMECF Terms of Use

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  1. This system is for use only in cases permitted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It may be used to file and view electronic documents, docket sheets, and notices. Please visit the Court’s ECF Internet,, website to schedule training.
  2. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, every pleading, motion, and other paper (except list, schedules, statements or amendments thereto) shall be signed by at least one attorney of record or, if the party is not represented by an attorney, all papers shall be signed by the party. An attorney’s/participant’s password issued by the court combined with the user’s identification, serves as and constitutes the attorney’s/participant’s signature. Therefore, an attorney/participant must protect and secure the password issued by the court. If there is any reason to suspect the password has been compromised in any way, it is the duty and responsibility of the attorney/participant to immediately notify the court. This should include the resignation or reassignment of the person with authority to use the password. The Court will immediately delete that password from the electronic filing system and issue a new password.
  3. An attorney’s/participant’s registration will not waive conventional service of a summons and complaint, subpoena, or other judicial process; submit the client to the jurisdiction of the Court; or operate as a consent to accept service of pleadings, documents, and orders in actions in which such attorney/participant has not entered an appearance. An attorney’s/participant’s registration will constitute a waiver in law only of conventional service of other non-process pleadings, documents, and orders in the case. The attorney/participant agrees to accept, on behalf of the client, service of notice of the electronic filing by hand, facsimile or authorized e-mail.
  4. Upon receipt of your login and password, you are strongly encouraged to change your password, which may be done through the Utilities function, to a name easily recalled. You may be subjected to a fee, should the Clerk's Office have to create a new password for you, or alternatively, you may be required to appear in person to receive your new password.
  5. Attorneys who are active members of the bar of this Court, or government attorneys who are employed or retained by the United States, or who have been permitted to proceed pro hac vice, must file pleadings electronically.