|Local Rule 25.1. Case Management/Electronic Case Filing
(a) Definitions and Scope.
(A) Document. “Document” means any paper submitted to the
court in a case.
(B) PDF. “PDF” means the electronic version, in Portable
Document Format, of a document submitted to the court.
(C) Initiating Document. “Initiating document” means any
document, including a petition for review of an agency
decision, petition for a writ of mandamus, successive
habeas petition, or motion for leave to file an appeal,
filed directly in this court to initiate a proceeding
seeking consideration by this court.
(D) Filing User. “Filing User” means anyone who registers
to file electronically under (b).
(E) Sealed Document. “Sealed document” means all or any
portion of a document placed under seal by order of a
district court or an agency or by order of this court upon
the filing of a motion.
(2) Scope. This rule applies to all appeals filed on or
after January 1, 2010 (i.e., appeals with a docket number
beginning with “10-” or higher).
(1) Attorneys. An attorney admitted to practice in this
court must register as a Filing User with PACER, the service
that provides on-line access to United States appellate,
district, and bankruptcy court records and documents
(2) Pro se parties. A pro se party who wishes to file
electronically must seek permission from the court by filing
the court’s CM/ECF Pro Se Filing User Request Form available
on the court’s website. A pro se party must register as a
Filing User with PACER as soon as practicable after
(c) Electronic Filing Requirements.
(1) Documents Other than Initiating Documents. A Filing User
must file every document, other than an initiating document,
electronically in PDF in accordance with the CM/ECF
instructions posted on the court’s website.
(2) Initiating Documents. A Filing User must file an
initiating document in PDF by emailing it to email@example.com.
(d) Timing of Electronic Filing.
(1) Documents Filed in CM/ECF. A document filed
electronically in CM/ECF is considered filed as of the date
and time indicated on the notice of docket activity (“NDA”)
that the court automatically generates following the filing
(2) Initiating Documents. An initiating document filed
electronically under (c)(2) is considered filed as of the
date and time indicated on the email submission.
(3) Technical Failure. Upon motion, the clerk may accept
as timely filed a
document untimely filed as the result of a technical failure.
(e) Format. A PDF must be text-searchable. A PDF need not
include a manual signature.
(f) Signature. A Filing User’s personal log-in and password
constitute the Filing User’s signature for any purpose for
which a signature is required.
(g) Submission of Paper Copies. Unless the clerk requests or
the relevant LR requires, and notwithstanding FRAP provisions addressing number
of copies, a Filing
User must not submit a paper copy of a document.
(1) Acceptance of Service. Registration as a Filing User
constitutes consent to electronic service of all documents.
(2) Documents Filed in CM/ECF. A document filed in CM/ECF is
considered served upon another Filing User when that Filing User
receives the NDA. A Filing User satisfies FRAP 25(d)'s proof of service
requirements by completing the "service" section in CM/ECF when
filing a document.
(3) Initiating Documents. A Filing User must serve an
initiating document on another Filing User by email.
(4) Paper Copies. Service of a paper copy of a document is
not required unless the recipient is not a Filing User and
has not consented to other service.
(i) Hyperlinks. A document filed under this rule may contain
hyperlinks to (i) other portions of the same document or to
other documents filed on appeal; (ii) documents filed in the
lower court or agency from which the record on appeal is
generated; and (iii) statutes, rules, regulations, and
opinions. A hyperlink to a cited authority does not replace
standard citation format.
(1) Counsel. Upon motion and a showing of extreme hardship
or exceptional circumstances, the clerk may exempt counsel
in a particular case from the electronic filing
requirements. If the clerk grants counsel an exemption, the
clerk will determine the manner of filing and service.
(2) Sealed Documents. A sealed document or a document that
is the subject of a motion to seal is exempt from the
electronic filing requirement and must be filed with the
clerk in the manner the court determines.
(3) Oversized Documents. A document that exceeds 10
megabytes in size and cannot be reasonably divided into 10 or fewer separate
parts, each not exceeding 10 megabytes in size, is exempt from
the electronic filing requirement. The oversized document
qualifying for the exemption must be filed on CD or DVD.
(A) Under this rule each volume of a multi-volume appendix constitutes a
(B) If any one volume of a multi-volume appendix qualifies for exemption
from electronic filing, the entire appendix must be filed on CD or DVD.
Each volume of a multi-volume appendix included in a CD or DVD must
be identified as a separate, clearly-labeled document. (Example: Vol. 1
(1-300); Vol 2 (301-600).)
Local Rule 25.2 Submission of PDF Documents
(a) Definitions and Scope.
(1) Definitions. For the purpose of this rule, the
following definitions apply:
(A) “Document” means any paper submitted to the
court in a case, other than an appendix as
covered in (h).
(B) “PDF” has the same meaning as defined in LR
(2) Scope. This rule applies to all appeals filed before
January 1, 2010 (i.e., appeals with a docket number
beginning with “09-” or lower), and any other appeal in
which counsel is exempt from filing electronically or a pro
se party does not file electronically under LR 25.1.
(b) PDF Requirement.
(1) Counseled Parties. In addition to filing the original
document, a counseled party must submit a PDF
of every document unless counsel explains why submitting a
PDF of the particular document would constitute extreme
(2) Pro Se Parties. A party not represented by counsel is
encouraged, but not required, to submit a PDF of every
document, in addition to filing the original document.
(3) Format. Each PDF must be text-searchable. A PDF need not
include a manual signature.
(4) Submission of Paper Copies. Unless the clerk requests or the relevant local rule requires, and notwithstanding FRAP provisions addressing number of copies, a party must not submit a paper copy of a document other than the original.
(c) Email Submission. A party must email a PDF to the
electronic mailbox designated in (d).
(1) Email Subject Line. The email must include the following
information in the header’s “Subject” or “Re” line:
(A) the docket number; if a docket number has not yet been
assigned, the (i) the name of the district court or agency
appealed from, and (ii) the district court docket or
(B) the party’s name;
(C) the party’s designation in the case (e.g., appellant,
(D) the type of document (e.g., form, letter); and
(E) the date of submission.
Example of a proper subject line: # 01-2345-cv, ABC Corp,
Appellant, Letter, 01/02/09.
(2) Single Email Per Submission. When a party submits a set
of documents that are intended to be considered together,
the party must submit the PDFs of all those documents in a
(3) Single PDF for Motion. A party submitting a motion must
incorporate the Form T-1080 Motion Information Statement, the
memorandum of law, and all supporting documents into a
(d) Electronic Mailboxes.
(1) New Cases. In new cases in which the circuit clerk has
not yet issued a docketing notice, a counseled party must,
and a pro se party may, submit a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Cases Involving Only Counseled Parties. After the clerk
has issued a docketing notice in a case involving only
counseled parties, a counseled party must submit a PDF to
the appropriate electronic mailbox, as determined by the
two-letter casetype code at the end of the docket number,
and subject to the following descriptions:
(A) ag, bk, op – email@example.com – cases in
which all parties have counsel and that involve an
administrative agency, board, commission or office; tax
court; bankruptcy; or original proceedings;
(B) cr - firstname.lastname@example.org – criminal cases
in which all parties have counsel;
(C) cv – civil cases
(i) email@example.com – civil cases in
which all parties have counsel and one party is the
United States or an official or agency of the United
(ii) firstname.lastname@example.org – all other civil
cases in which all parties have counsel; and
(D) pr – email@example.com – prisoner cases.
(3) Cases Involving a Pro Se Party. After the clerk has
issued a docketing notice in a case involving one or more
pro se parties, a counseled party must, and a pro se party
may, submit a PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org, except
that in a case involving a pro se prisoner, a counseled
party must, and a pro se party may, submit a PDF to email@example.com.
(e) Time for Email Submission. A party must email the PDF no
later than the time for filing the original.
(f) Corrections. If a party corrects a document that has been
submitted as a PDF, the party must also email a corrected PDF.
The email subject line must identify the document as a
corrected version and set forth the information required in
(c)(1) with the submission date of the corrected version.
(g) Email Service. A party submitting a PDF must also email it
to all counseled parties and to pro se parties who have
(h) PDF Submission of Appendix. In addition to filing the
required number of paper copies, a counseled party must submit
and serve on all parties a text-searchable PDF of every
appendix on CD or DVD, unless counsel explains why submitting
a PDF of the appendix would constitute extreme hardship. A
party not represented by counsel is encouraged, but not
required, to submit and serve a PDF of the appendix on CD or
DVD, in addition to filing the required number of paper
copies. Each volume of a multi-volume appendix included in a CD or DVD must be identified as a separate, clearly-labeled document. (Example: Vol. 1 (1-300); Vol 2 (301-600).)
(i) PDF Not Provided; Unbound Copy Required. A party who does
not provide a PDF must file with the clerk one unbound copy of
each document. The party may not staple or otherwise attach
the unbound copy, but may use clips or rubber bands. When a
party files only the original document and no copies, the
original must be unbound.
Local Rule 25.3. Additional Paper Copies
When the clerk requests, a party must provide additional paper
copies of any document filed.
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