Electronic Filing - ECF


Appellate CM/ECF in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will be unavailable on Saturday 29 November 2014, from 5:00 AM PST until 8:00 AM PST for maintenance.
You will not be able to file any documents electronically or view the Ninth Circuit's docket during this time.
See National PACER Maintenance for more information.

 

The upgrade to NextGen CM/ECF is complete. For more information, see Implementation of NextGen CM/ECF - COMPLETE. The information on this page and the FAQ pages will be updated regularly, so stay tuned.


 

Information Available on This Page


Registration and Updating Your Account

 

NOTE: As of October 27, 2014, you will not be able to use your ECF credentials without a linked PACER account. See this page for instructions. For training to walk you through the linking process and help you understand some of the changes in NextGen CM/ECF, go here.

Use of the Appellate ECF system is now mandatory for all attorneys and all court reporters filing in this Court, unless they are granted an exemption from using the Appellate ECF system. Use of the Appellate ECF system is voluntary for all pro se parties proceeding without counsel.
To register for the 9th Circuit ECF system, view instructions here.
To request an exemption, send a completed Appellate ECF Exemption Form (PDF) to the Court.

 

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 Account Update, log in, and follow the instructions on the page.

General Information

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 Effective December 1, 2009, the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in All Ninth Circuit Cases is no longer in effect and has been incorporated into the Ninth Circuit Rules.

Logging In to File a Document

Log in to Electronic Case Filing (https://ecf.ca9.uscourts.gov/n/AttorneyFiling/login.jsf)

Logging In to View Documents

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?

Documentation & Training

Forms

Help

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: 25 November 2014

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