Electronic Filing - ECF

CM/ECF and PACER for 9th Circuit cases will be unavailable from Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM PDT until Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM PDT for the upgrade to NextGen CM/ECF.
You will not be able to file any documents electronically or view the Ninth Circuit's docket during this time.
See Implementation of NextGen CM/ECF - ACTION REQUIRED for more information.


Information Available on This Page

Registration and Updating Your Account

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.

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, go to Appellate ECF Filer Registration.
To request an exemption, send a completed Appellate ECF Exemption Form (PDF) to the Court.


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.

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 Effective December 1, 2009, the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in All Ninth Circuit Cases is no longer in effect and has been incorporated into the Ninth Circuit Rules.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

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



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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