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FAQ's for CM/ECF

How are documents prepared?

  • Documents are created and saved in a portable document formal (PDF) prior to being filed.

Viewing Restricted documents

  • You must be logged in with your e-filing login, when viewing restricted documents. If you do not login with your e-filing login, CM/ECF will not know who you are and will not recognize you as a authorized user. The PACER login will only give you access to public documents and entries. It is recommended that you always login with your e-filing login and if you are required to pay for viewing a document or docket sheet, you will be prompted for a PACER login. You should then login with you PACER information.

What are the ecf filing requirements for attorneys?

  • Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Missouri, admitted pro hac vice or serving as a government attorney (who are exempt from membership pursuant to Local Rule 83-12.01).
  • Attorneys must complete an e-filing registration form in advance to obtain a login and password. The application containing the attorney’s original signature will be kept on file in the clerks office for purposes of complying with Fed.R.Civ.P. 11 for documents that are filed electronically.
  •  An active PACER Account - REQUIRED.

How do I file electronically?

  • Attorneys log on to the court’s ecf program https://ecf.moed.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl by using the login and password assigned by the court
  • Click on Civil or Criminal
  • Choose the event for the document being filed
  • Select the party filing the document
  • Browse and upload or file the document
  • Verify the wording of the docket entry
  • File the document

What is NEF?

  •  NEF stands for Notice of Electronic Filing

 How do I know my document was filed and how is notification transmitted to the other parties?

  • The ecf program sends an electronic receipt (NEF) to the filer verifying the document has been received and filed.
  • Electronic notification goes to all parties whoare signed up for cm/ecf (Any party who is not signed up for ecf must be notified by mail by the filing party. The certificate of service on the document must state how the parties are being served).
  • The docket sheet is updated and is immediately available to anyone with access to the system.

When are documents filed by attorneys filed in paper form?

  • Certain documents are required to be filed in paper such as: Consent to Jurisdiction of U.S. Magistrate. All other documents must have prior approval from the Clerk or the Chief Deputy Clerk to be filed in paper form. (Any document or exhibit filed in paper form must be served on all parties in paper form and the certificate of service must state how service was made).

How can I change my Court-assigned password?

  • Log into ecf using your Court-assigned login and password.
  • On the blue bar at the top of the screen, click on the word Utilities
  • Click on Maintain Your Login/Password
  • Click on the password field and type in your new password
  • Click on Submit

How can I add a secondary e-mail address?

  • Log into ecf using your Court-assigned login and password
  • On the blue bar at the top of the screen, click on the word Utilities
  • Click on Maintain Your E-mail
  • Click on Add new e-mail address under the secondary e-mail addresses
  • Submit all changes
  • You should receive a page that contains the update was successful

How do I add additional attorneys to a case?

  • To add an attorney to an existing case, use the attorney’s login and password assigned by the Court and file an Entry of Appearance

How do I change my contact information?

  • Attorneys are responsible for reporting a change in the contact information by emailing their new contact information to Attorney_Admissions@moed.uscourts.gov. The email should include the attorney's name, federal bar number and new contact information including the firm name, address, telephone number, fax number and email address.

What is the number I call for ECF assistance? 

  • The Help Desk Telephone number is 314-244-7650 and is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also call the Clerk’s Office at 314-244-7900.

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