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Petitions for rehearing/rehearing en banc

These instructions pertain to filing a party's petition for rehearing or rehearing en banc. For general information, screenshots, and step-by-step instructions for filing electronically see Filing a document. Separate instructions govern non-party filings.


1. Prepare the petition for rehearing/rehearing en banc. 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, Supp, Oppos. On the right side of the screen, select Petition for Rehearing/Rehearing En Banc FILED.


File a Document window with case selected



The screen that opens is divided into two sections: Party Filer and PDF Document.


File a Document screen with filing category and motion 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. Use the PDF Document section in the middle of the screen to upload the petition. The system automatically fills in the Description box with the selection made on the previous screen. Click the Browse button to the right of the Document box to navigate to the petition 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.


Select PDF document dialog box



Click the Open button.


The docketing screen reopens. The name of the uploaded petition now appears in the Document box in the PDF Document section of the screen.


PDF Document area with one document added



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.


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.




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.


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


8. 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 box(es) corresponding to the type(s) of service employed.


All additional docketing information added



Click the Continue button.


9. 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.


Docket Text dialog box



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.


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


Event Review dialog box



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.


Event Docketed message box



Click the OK button.


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


Notice of Docket Activity



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