Electronic Case Filing

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.

What is Electronic Case Filing

The electronic case filing system allows users to file new cases or other pleadings right from their office. No more extra copies or courier fees - file from your desktop to the court in minutes.

Telephone Assistance in Using ECF

  • Civil: (202) 354-3190
  • Criminal: (202) 354-3060
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