Frequently Asked Questions About CM/ECF


SYSTEM DOWNTIME: CM/ECF will be unavailable from 10:00 PM until midnight each Saturday and Sunday for system maintenance.


IMPORTANT: Sharing your PACER and/or CM/ECF account credentials with a third-party service provider will provide access to sealed case information and documents in violation of applicable rules, statutes and/or orders of this court. It is your responsibility to ensure that sealed documents to which you have access are not improperly disclosed. Fee exempt users may not share the documents they obtain from PACER and/or CM/ECF under the exemption, unless expressly authorized by the court.


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 other FAQ pages will be updated regularly, so stay tuned.

Click a category below to see related questions and answers.

Registration for CM/ECF and Overview of CM/ECF

Filing and Service Using CM/ECF

Streamlined Requests for Extensions of Time


Excerpts of Record

Sealed Filings

Paying Fees

Technical Questions

If you still have a question about CM/ECF after reviewing the information in this page, please do the following:

  1. Check the CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions page at PACER
  2. Check the PACER Frequently Asked Questions page.
  3. If you still do not have an answer, submit your question using this form: 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: 30 June 2020

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