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CM/ECF Information

The Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system is the Federal Judiciary's comprehensive case management system for all bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts.  CM/ECF allows courts to accept filings and provide access to filed documents over the internet.

CM/ECF keeps out-of-pocket expenses low, gives concurrent access to case files by multiple parties, and offers expanded search and reporting capabilities.  The system also offers the ability to:  immediately update dockets and make them available to users, file pleadings electronically with the court, and download documents and print them directly from the court system.

The United States District Court for the Western District of New York will be upgrading its CM/ECF software to the Next Generation (NextGen) of CM/ECF in the coming months. We expect to go live with NextGen on December 20, 2021. NextGen is the culmination of a multiyear project headed by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to provide for the current and future filing and case management needs of all CM/ECF users. More information about NextGen and how to update your account is available HERE.



CM/ECF Registration Form
Address Change Form
Administrative Procedures Guide for Electronic Filing amended October 2022
Attorney Checklist - Opening Civil Cases on Line
Civil Case Opening by Attorneys - Instructions
Buffalo or Rochester - How to Determine Where to File Your Case
Standard Party Guidelines for Entering Party Names on a New Case
Social Security and Conventionally Filed Actions
Internet Credit Card Payments
Notice of Appeal On Line Payment Instructions
Pro Hac Vice On Line Payment Instructions
Order to Refund Fees Through

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How to Flatten a PDF File or Form for Filing in CM/ECF

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