These instructions pertain to non-party filings. For general
information, screenshots, and step-by-step instructions for
filing electronically see Filing a document.
1. Prepare the motion or other non-party filing. Save it as a searchable PDF.
2. Log in to CM/ECF. On the startup page select Filing > File a Document.
3. On the File a Document screen, enter the case number in the
Case field and hit the Tab key on the keyboard. The case number and name appear in the Case Selection box toward the bottom of the screen.
4. On the left side of the screen, select Non-Party Filing. On the right side of the screen, select the filing type. In the example below,
Motion for Leave to File as Amicus FILED is selected.
At the bottom of the screen, click the Continue button.
Depending on the type of filing selected, an Event Preconditions
dialog box may open. If this dialog box appears, carefully review the information.
Click the OK button.
5. The PDF Document screen opens to upload the document. Click the
Browse button to the right of the Document box to navigate to the document saved on the filer’s computer.
A dialog box titled Select PDF Document opens. Navigate to the folder containing the PDF using the
Look in pull-down list at the top of the dialog box. Select the PDF file to attach by clicking the file name. The file name appears in the
File name field near the bottom of the dialog box.
Click the Open button at the bottom right of the dialog box. The
Select PDF document dialog box closes and CM/ECF displays in the
Document box the selected file with the full path. The system automatically fills in the
Description box with the selection made on the previous screen.
The View button now is active. To verify that the correct document is uploaded, click the View button to open the uploaded PDF.
6. To attach another document (e.g., a certificate of service), click the
Add Another button. The PDF Document area expands to include another Document box, another
Browse button, and a Description box for the second document.
Click the new Browse button and select the file in the Select PDF Document dialog box, as above. Click the OK button.
When the additional document – in this example, the certificate of service – is uploaded, the file name appears in the second Document box. The View button is active for the filer to verify that the correct document is uploaded. The second Description box default entry is
"Supporting Document." Edit the text in the Description box to describe the uploaded document.
NOTE: The certificate of service need not be a separate
document. The certificate of service can be part of the main
document attached to the filing.
To attach another document to the filing, repeat step 6.
7. When all PDFs are attached to the filing, click the Continue button at the bottom of the PDF Document screen. The
Service screen opens. Enter the service date (today's date or earlier date on which service is made) in MM/DD/YYYY format in the
Service Date box. (To generate a service list, click
Reports > Service List at the top of the screen. The service list search screen opens in a new browser window.)
Click the checkbox(es) corresponding to the type of service employed.
Click the Continue button.
8. The Docket Text dialog box opens to show the text of the entry as it will appear on the docket report once the filing is complete. The text in this dialog box cannot be changed.
Review the text of the docket entry for the filing. If any changes to the filing are necessary, click the
Back button to return to earlier screens in the filing process.
Note: As noted in the event precondition box above, the Clerk’s Office staff will edit the docket entry to include the name(s) of non-party filer(s).
9. Click the Continue button. The Event Review dialog box opens.
The text in the white box can be edited. Make any necessary redactions. DO NOT EDIT numbers in brackets. The preferred method for editing this text is to click the
Back button to return to earlier screens in the filing process and make the appropriate changes on those screens.
Click the Submit button to confirm the filing. A pop-up box opens to verify that the event is docketed.
Click the OK button.
10. The docketing screen reopens, and the Notice of Docket Activity (NDA) - identical to the email sent to opposing counsel - simultaneously opens in a browser.
Note: If the notice does not appear in a new browser window, check the browser's pop-up blocker settings. Pop-ups from the Court’s site must be allowed.
To close the browser, click the red X in the upper right-hand corner. Continue working in CM/ECF or log out of the system.
Continue to Sealed documents >> | << Return to Filing a document | << Return to How to use CM/ECF
Last modified at 2/5/2013