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Motions

These instructions pertain to filing a party's correspondence and forms. For general information, screenshots, and step-by-step instructions for filing electronically with the Second Circuit see Filing a document. Separate instructions govern non-party filings.

 

1. Prepare the motion. Save it as a searchable PDF.

 

2. Log in to CM/ECF. On the startup page select Filing > File a Document.


File a Document window

 

 

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 Appl, Motn, Pet for Rhg, Oppos. On the right side of the screen, select the filing type. View instructions on filing as a non-party. In the example below, Motion FILED is selected.

 

File a Document window with case number entered

 

 

At the bottom of the screen, click the Continue button.

 

Depending on the type of filing you selected, an Event Preconditions dialog box may open. If this dialog box appears, carefully review the information.

 

The screen that opens is divided into three sections: Party Filer, PDF Document, and Relief.

 

File a Document window with filing category and type selected

 

 

5. In the Party Filer section at the top of the screen, click the box to the left of the filer on whose behalf the petition is filed. See Selecting the filing party for step-by-step instructions.

 

Additional information screen

 

 

6. Scroll down to the PDF Document section in the middle of the screen to upload the motion and any other related PDF. Click the Browse button to the right of the Document box to navigate to the brief saved on the filer's computer.

 

Party Filer area

 

 

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.

 

Select PDF document 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.

 

PDF document area with one document attached

 

 

The View button now is active. To verify that the correct document is uploaded, click the View button to open the uploaded PDF.

 

7. To attach another document needed for this filing (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.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

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.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

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 7.

 

8. When all documents are attached and described, scroll down to the Relief section of the screen.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

Open the Category pull-down list and select Motion Reliefs.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

Open the Description pull-down list and select the relief sought in the motion.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

NOTE: The "motion for ___ relief," selection may be used only if none of the relief categories describes the relief sought in any way. Review the list of available reliefs.

 

When the relief is selected, click the Apply button to the right of the Description pull-down list.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

Now the relief appears in the list of Selected Reliefs.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

When the party filer is selected, all PDFs are attached and described, and the relief is selected, click the Continue button at the bottom of the screen.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

9. 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(s) of service employed.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

Click the Continue button at the bottom of the screen.

 

10. 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.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

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.

 

11. Click the Continue button. The Event Review dialog box opens.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

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.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

Click the OK button.

 

12. The docketing screen reopens, and the Notice of Docket Activity (NDA) - identical to the email sent to opposing counsel - simultaneously opens in a browser.

 

PDF Document area after clicking Add Another

 

 

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.

 

 

Last modified at 2/5/2013