Filing Documents Electronically

Electronic transmission of a document containing a proper electronic signature or a scanned image of a wet signature and submitted in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of this Court shall constitute the filing thereof.

A Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF), acknowledging that the document has been filed, will immediately appear on the e-filer's screen after the document has been submitted.  E-filers are strongly encouraged to print or electronically save a copy of the NEF.  E-filers can also verify the filing of documents by viewing the Court's electronic docket sheet with PACER.

Documents filed electronically must be submitted in PDF (Portable Document Format).  Filing documents electronically does not alter filing deadlines.  All electronic transmissions of documents must be completed (i.e. received completely by the Clerk‘s Office) prior to midnight, Eastern Time, to be considered timely filed that day.  Although e-filers can file documents electronically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, e-filers are encouraged to file all documents during the normal working hours of the Clerk’s Office (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) when technical support is available.  [See also Format for Electronic Filings.]

E-filers shall be responsible for selecting the appropriate event from the list of docketing events in CM/ECF.  If the e-filer has made a mistake (for example, attached an incorrect PDF document or chosen an incorrect filing event), the Clerk may issue a Notice of Deficient Filing ("NDF") which will require the e-filer to re-submit the document.  Once a document is submitted and becomes part of the case docket, corrections to the docket can only be made by the Clerk of Court.


History of Changes

11/09/2011 - Added "or a scanned image of a wet signature" to the first paragraph.

02/01/2012 - Removed information in paragraph two concerning when a document may be stricken or when a case may be dismissed; removed the entire paragraph about PDFs being legible and on what type of paper; not relevant to this document. Added a link to "Format for Electronic Filings."

04/11/2014 - Last paragraph revised to include what happens if an e-filer makes a mistake when filing electronically.