Note: If you already have an ECF account and you need to upgrade your PACER account in preparation for the Implementation of NextGen CM/ECF, see this page instead and click the links from there.
To register for the 9th Circuit ECF system, navigate to Appellate ECF Filer Registration and follow the instructions on the page. Registering prior to the time that you want to enter your first filing electronically will assist you with filing delays. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible.
Admission: If you are an attorney, you do not need to be admitted to the bar of this Court before you register for electronic filing, but you should concurrently apply for admission. Information on attorney admission is available at Attorney Admissions Instructions.
To update your ECF account (for example, to change your address or add additional email addresses), navigate to Appellate Filer Account Update, log in, and follow the instructions on the page.
Circuit Rule 25-5 provides details about which documents can and cannot be filed electronically. Effective December 1, 2009, the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in All Ninth Circuit Cases is no longer in effect and has been incorporated into the Ninth Circuit Rules.
Log in to Electronic Case Filing
Java: You must have Java to file documents using Appellate ECF.
If you do not have Java, go to http://www.java.com/ to download Java. Remember to install Java after the download completes.
To view documents in a case, you can log in to PACER. Note that if you want to access documents in a Social Security or immigration case, you must access the the docket via Appellate ECF. See I cannot access a document in a Social Security or immigration case. Is there a problem?
If you have a question about Appellate ECF and you cannot find the answer on the Court's or PACER's websites, submit your question using this form: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/cmecf/feedback/. You can expect a reply from the Court during the Court's business hours, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time.
Last Update: 21 October 2014
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