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CM/ECF (Electronic Filing)

Case Management / Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF)

United States Bankruptcy Court District of Utah CM/ECF Database:

CM/ECF is the federal courts' case management and electronic case files system. It provides courts enhanced and updated docket management. It allows courts to maintain case documents in electronic form. And it gives each court the option of permitting case documents - pleadings, motions, petitions - to be filed with the court over the Internet.

The CM/ECF system uses standard computer hardware, an Internet connection and a browser, and accepts documents in Portable Document Format (PDF). The system is easy to use – filers prepare a document using conventional word processing software, then save the document as a PDF file. After logging onto the court's web site with a court-issued password, the filer enters basic information relating to the case and the document being filed, attaches the document, and submits it to the court. There are no added fees for filing documents over the Internet using CM/ECF. A notice verifying court receipt of the filing is generated automatically and e-mailed to the parties in the case.

CM/ECF provides courts the ability to make their documents available to the public over the Internet. Electronic access to court data is available through the judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service. Litigants receive one free copy of documents filed electronically in their cases, which they can save or print for their files. Additional copies are available to attorneys and the general public for viewing or downloading at ten cents per page, with a maximum cost per document of $3.00.  Neither the free copy nor the maximum cost per document applies to transcripts filed with the court or docket sheets.