Tools Needed for Electronic Filing

In order to file documents electronically and/or receive electronic notification of case activity via the Electronic Case Filing System, one must have the following:

  • An ECF user ID and password assigned by the Clerk (in order to access the Court’s Electronic Case Filing System);

  • A computer running a Windows or a Macintosh operating system;

  • Software used to create PDF documents from a word processing application, such as Adobe Acrobat Professional®;

  • A PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader® (free download available at;

  • A PDF-compatible word processor like Macintosh or Windows-based versions of WordPerfect® or Microsoft Word®;

  • A compatible Internet browser, listed here. The use of unsupported browsers may result in intermittent errors when filing documents and in receiving e-mail notifications from the ECF system.

  • Internet access and an e-mail address;

  • Access to a scanner (may be necessary for paper exhibits which must be scanned into PDF).

E-filers are strongly encouraged to maintain an anti-virus program to protect not only their system but also CM/ECF.

History of Changes

03/17/2014 - Revised as to compatible Internet browsers.

10/09/2017 - Revised as to compatible Internet browsers.

07/20/2021 - Removed reference to specific Internet browsers in the bullet point and added a link to list of compatible browsers.