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How to File a Case

CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Files) system allows courts to maintain electronic case files and offer electronic filing online, making case information immediately available. Courts use one of two versions of CM/ECF – NextGen or CurrentGen.

CM/ECF allows:

  • Registered filers to file federal court documents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Attorneys, filers, and organizations to reduce their paper, photocopies, postage, and courier costs.
  • Immediate access to full case information for attorneys, parties, and general public.

Use the Court CM/ECF Lookup to access the CM/ECF login page for the court in which you wish to file.

Visit the main PACER website ( for more information on filing electronically.