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Initial Registration

Attorneys are required to file documents electronically per Local Rule B-5005-1. Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, either via standard admission or pro hac vice admission, and must be in good standing.

Registering as an e-filer is now done on line by logging onto Under Electronic Filing & Helpdesk, select CM/ECF Registration & Training>Register for ECF or Pacer.  Access the e-Registration Program either as an attorney with full rights or as an attorney/limited user with limited rights.  The registration process will result in a reply email from the Court.  Make sure your email program will accept emails from

The Court's electronic records are also accessible through PACER, which requires a separate user ID and password from the one used for ECF.  Confusion often arises concerning these two user IDs and passwords.  A PACER user ID and password is needed in order to view dockets or documents other than those the e-filer receives through a Notice of Electronic Filing. An ECF user ID and password is needed in order to file documents with the Court.  Attorneys, limited users, and parties may register for a PACER account by visiting the PACER website at or by contacting the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856.

Maintaining or Changing Registration

All e-filers are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of their account information, including accurate mailing and email addresses, using Utilities/Maintain User Account. 

Attorneys who leave their current practices should update their user record and determine which cases, if any, should be updated with their new information.  Contact the Court prior to making any changes if a large number of cases will remain with the current law firm.  As a safety precaution, attorneys should also change their passwords if they change law firms.  

Note:  Any change in user ID or password will not remove an attorney from a case or proceeding.  The appropriate pleading, such as a motion to withdraw, must be filed before an attorney will be removed from the case or proceeding and its distribution list.

History of Changes

02/01/2012 - Condensed the last two paragraphs into one to explain the difference between PACER and ECF.

07/12/2013 - Entire document revamped due to the new e-Registration on-line training program.

04/11/2014 - Removed references to General Orders since the local rules referenced as replacements are, in fact, in place.