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NextGen CMECF Overview

The Electronic Case Files System (CM/ECF) is a new case management system being implemented
in the Federal Judiciary for all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts.

CM/ECF allows courts to accept filings and provide access to filed documents over the Internet.


  • 24-hour access to case file documents over the Internet
  • Ability to file pleadings electronically with the court
  • Automatic email notice of case activity
  • Ability to download and print documents directly from the court system
  • Concurrent access to case files by multiple parties
  • Savings in time and expenditures for attorneys
  • Expanded search and reporting capabilities
  • Easy to use -- based on Standard Internet browser
  • No waiting in line or unavailable files at the courthouse


  • Replaces aging electronic docketing and case management systems in all federal courts by 2005
  • Is being used enthusiastically by attorneys in pilot courts nationwide
  • No delays or added expenses associated with mail or courier services
  • Speeds delivery and allows easier tracking of case activity
  • Reduces physical storage space needs and document processing times
  • Low start-up costs -- uses Internet standard software and established "PDF" format
  • Secure and reliable
  • Court dockets are immediately updated and available

Please click link to accesss CMECF  page.