Guidelines for Electronic Case Filing
Frequently Asked Questions about Electronic Case Filing
These Frequently Asked Questions are intended as an introduction to Electronic Case Filing (ECF). Users should review the Court's Electronic Case Filing Rules & Instructions for the official rules regarding ECF.
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What is ECF? What is PACER? In brief, how do I file a document electronically? Who can file documents on ECF? Can a pro se party view and file documents electronically? How do I open a new civil or miscellaneous case? Must I serve a copy of the assigned judges Individual Rules with the complaint? How do I file the Summons and Affidavit of Service for the Complaint? How do I serve other documents in the case? How do I serve a party who has not registered with the SDNY ECF system? How does an attorney appear in a case? Am I required to notify the Court when my contact information changes? Will I receive electronic notification of activity in my case? Can I specify additional e-mail addresses to receive notification of activity in my case? How do I sign an electronically filed document? How do I submit a letter? Are sealed documents filed electronically? How do I file a Notice of Appeal in a civil case? How will I know if I have successfully filed a document electronically? What if I file the wrong document or file in the wrong case? Does filing electronically affect the filing deadline? Should I submit courtesy copies? Is it best to scan paper documents or convert them from word processor format to PDF-A? Is there a limit to the size of a document that can be filed on the SDNY ECF system? What Internet browser should I use to file electronically on the SDNY ECF system? What if a technical failure prevents me from filing electronically? How do I sign up for free news and service alerts concerning ECF? Is training in Electronic Case Filing available? Where can I learn more about Electronic Case Filing in the Southern District of New York? How do I contact the ECF Help Desk?