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Requirements for Filing on CM/ECF

Required Hardware & Software for Participation in CM/ECF

  • A personal computer (PC clone with a Pentium Processor - at least 100MHz / Apple Macintosh)
  • An Internet connection with a modem supporting a transfer rate of 56k
  • Internet Exployer 7 or 8 and Firefox  3.5.x
  • A PDF-compatible word processor like Macintosh or Windows-based versions of WordPerfect and Word
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher (Acrobat Writer is recommended for creating PDF documents)
  • A scanner (optional) for imaging documents which do not exist in electronic format (Adobe Acrobat needed for scanner)

Recommended for Optimal Performance

  • Pentium III or higher processor based PC with Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP
  • Mac OSX (10.1) or Macintosh G3 or G4; System 9.2 (Classic)
  • Minimum 40 MB Hard Drive
  • space DSL, Cable Modem or T1
  • Scanner: 10 pages per minute (ppm) and higher. Cost can run between $70 - $349

Other Requirements

  • Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the District, admitted pro hac vice, or serving as government attorneys exempt from membership pursuant to Local Rule 83-12.01.
  • Attorneys must register in advance before filing electronically with the court to obtain a login, Identification Name and Password that serve as the attorney's signature for purposes of Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 for documents that are filed electronically
  • An active PACER Account - Required


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