CM/ECF FAQs

  • How does an attorney become an authorized CM/ECF user?

    Attorneys must obtain required hardware and software and complete CM/ECF registration and training. Once training has been accomplished, filing users must complete an Electronic Filing User Registration Form located within the LINK ECF Administrative Procedures LINK . and submit it to the Court. Have you already been trained or are currently filing in other ECF courts? Complete our Registration Form Checklist and submit it with your LINK consent form LINK.

  • Since access is limited to authorized attorneys, is there any way for pro se filers or attorneys without Internet access to file documents in ECF cases?

    Yes. Attorneys with computers that can save documents in PDF can save the documents on a computer disk and file it with the Court. Attorneys without PDF capability can save documents either in Word Perfect and Microsoft Word format and file the disk with the Court. The Court would then convert those files to PDF and upload them to ECF. The Court will continue to accept paper filings and will convert the papers to electronic format.

  • Can any member of the public use ECF to file documents?

    Not at this time. Access is available only to trained, attorneys. Access may be made available to other frequent users (e.g. creditors) in the future.

  • Can the general public view ECF cases and the documents in those cases?

    Public users will be charged to view ECF reports and queries. PACER accounts will be required and may be obtained by contacting the Pacer Service Center by telephone 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday CST at (800) 676-6856, or via its website at https://pacer.uscourts.gov/.

  • How does it work?

    The electronic case files system accepts documents in a portable document format (PDF). PDF retains the way a document looks, so the pages, fonts and other formatting are preserved. Filing a document with the Court’s CM/ECF system is quite easy:

    1. Create the document using word processing software.
    2. Save the document in PDF format.
    3. Log onto the Court’s CM/ECF system, using a Court-issued login and password.
    4. Follow the set of simple prompts to provide information about the case, party and document to be filed.
    5. Attach the PDF document and submit it to the Court for filing (by pressing a submit button).
    6. Save or print the CM/ECF electronic receipt emailed from the Court confirming that the document was filed.
  • What ECF training and support is available for attorneys and others in their offices.

    The attorney must complete training with a Court trainer. This will usually take place in the Court's training facility (unless otherwise agreed upon). If there are several people in your office to be trained, the Court will do its best to accommodate your staff. At the training session, a login and password will be assigned to access the Court's training database. On the completion of the training exercises, a live login and password will be issued to those parties authorized to file documents on the ECF database.

    For assistance after training, users may call the Court's Help Desk for assistance using the ECF system at 801-450-3443 or the training department at 801-524-6575.

  • How can I obtain current information and updates regarding the CM/ECF Project?

    Interested parties can contact the CM/ECF Administrator, Janene Tanner at 801-524-6562.

  • Can an attorney authorize someone in the attorney's office (such as a paralegal) to use the attorney's login name and password to file documents in ECF?

    Yes, but the Court recommends that such access be very limited and controlled since whatever is filed under that name and password is deemed to have the attorney's signature on it.

  • How is the requirement of an original signature (attorney and/or debtor) handled for ECF cases?

    On July 29, 2002 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah issued Administrative Order #1 regarding Electronic Procedures. The Order and procedures will provide ECF guidance for participants. The Order provides that the Participant's identification name and password will serve as the Participant's signature for all purposes under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9011 and 18 U.S.C. § 152(4). A Participant whose password is used to file a petition, pleading, motion, claim or other document thereby certifies that the Participant, whether an attorney or a unrepresented party, has authorized the filing. All signatures on electronically filed documents will be indicated by /s/. Example: /s/ Jane Doe. If you scan pleadings that image original signatures, this is acceptable as well. View Administrative Order #1 View Electronic Case Filing Protocols and Registration Forms.

  • How is payment of filing fees handled for ECF cases?

    Payment for ECF filings fees is made by credit card using the Court's E-commerce software. Information regarding the payment of fees will be made available during training or by viewing the Internet payment fees manual (PDF).

    Browser pop-ups need to be enabled to pay using the E-commerce software. Please view the information regarding browser pop-up windows.

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