CM/ECF FAQs

  • What is CM/ECF?

    CM/ECF is the acronym for the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system used by the federal judiciary to maintain case files over the Internet (CM) and allows documents to be submitted electronically (ECF).  CM/ECF is operational in  all federal courts throughout the country and is available 24 hours per day,  7 days a week.  Attorneys on the system will receive electronic notices  and documents are available immediately upon filing.

  • How do I make changes to my account information "ie address or email"?

    Please note the account holder is responsible for  managing  their own account information. Please be aware your pacer account information is not connected to your CM/ECF account information with the court. 

    * Go to our  Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF)

    * Log-in into CM/ECF

    * Click on Utilities

    * Click on  Maintain Your ECF Account
          * To change your account information
          * Click Submit

    *Click on Email Information button
          * To change your email information
          * Return to Account Screen
          * Click Submit

     
    Note: Any participant having reason to believe that the security of an existing password has been compromised or that a threat to
    the court’s computer system may exist shall immediately notify the clerk of court by telephone and confirm the notice in writing to
    prevent possible unauthorized access to the court’s computer system

  • How can I contact the court if I'm experiencing problems with E-Filing?

    Help Desk Information

    • IT Help Desk: (215) 408-2860
    • Operations: (215) 408-2826
    • Operations: (610) 208-5060 (Reading Office)

    Please visit our CM/ECF contact information page for more information.

  • How to receive a login and password to Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court

    Currently, only registered attorneys with a login and password can submit documents under the CM/ECF system.  Non-attorneys and the general public can review case documents under the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system (see below). 

     

    If an attorney has a login and password to ECF from another Federal Court (district or bankruptcy) or has attended ECF training at another federal court and is currently admitted to practice before the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania he or she is eligible to receive a login and password to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court upon submission of a Participant Registration Form.

     

    If an attorney does not have a login and password to another court and has not taken any CM/ECF training, he or she must attend a court sponsored training class.  Please go to CM/ECF Training Information to register for a class

  • Can the general public view ECF cases and the documents in bankruptcy and adversary cases?

    The public access component of CM/ECF requires a user to enter a Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) login and password. Public users will be subject to Pacer charges to view CM/ECF reports and queries through the Internet. PACER logins may be obtained by either contacting the Pacer Service Center at (800) 676-6856 or through its website at http://www.pacer.gov.  Established PACER users will automatically have access to these sites.  

    The Clerk's office has public access computers available to view case information.

  • Since access will be limited to authorized attorneys or users, is there any way for pro se filers or attorneys without Internet access to file documents in ECF cases?

    Pursuant to In Re Amendment 2 to Standing Order M-04-3009, Provisions For Electronic Filing, Standing Order M-04-3009 (EDPA Bankruptcy October 19, 2004), attorneys filing documents with the court must become authorized users and file electronically. An attorney may apply for an extension of time to comply with or a waiver from the electronic filing requirements pursuant to the requirements laid out in that order. If such a request is granted, the attorney will be required to accompany their paper filing with CD-ROM containing in portable document format (PDF) the documents filed with the Court. Attorneys who are granted extensions or waivers and are unable to create and submit computer disks in PDF format may scan the paper document utilizing a document scanner that will be available in the Clerk's Office.

    The system will also be capable of accepting paper input from pro se filers and others as necessary. In that case, the Clerk’s Office would convert the papers submitted to the court to electronic format by scanning and then adding the scanned image into the ECF system.

  • Are there guidelines for CM/ECF in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania?

    Guidelines are set forth under In Re Provisions for Electronic Case Filing,  Standing Order M-03-3005 and amendments thereto, as well as in the User's Manual for Electronic Case Filing.

  • How can I change my ECF password?

    * Go to our  Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF)

    * Log-in into CM/ECF

    * Click on Utilities

    * Click on Change your password
              *Input your new password
               Re-enter new password
                (Passwords must have at least 8 characters, both uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one digit or special character (e.g., @,%,&).
              * Click Submit

    Note: The court encourages users to periodically change their password for security reasons, particularly is a member of your staff had access to this information leaves your employment.   Any participant having reason to believe that the security of an existing password has been compromised or that a threat to the court’s computer system may exist shall immediately notify the clerk of court by telephone and confirm the notice in writing toprevent possible unauthorized access to the court’s computer system

  • How will payments of filing fees be handled for ECF cases?

    Attorney filers will pay any incurred filing fees in CM/ECF with a credit card or debit card at the time of filing via the Pay.Gov system