Maintain Your ECF Account
MAINTAIN YOUR ECF ACCOUNTS
All ECF users will be issued an account with a user login and password. The ECF login provides registered users the ability to submit pleadings electronically to the court. Public users (attorneys, trustees, and creditors) must also log into PACER to inquire on cases or look at reports. Existing PACER logins and passwords will be accepted.
Non-court users can access their own account information through the Maintain Your ECF Account menu. Using this option, participants can update their name, mailing and E-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers, and password. Users can therefore control the accuracy of their own information in a timely manner.
This module explains how you update your:
1. user name, address and other party data
2. E-mail information
3. electronic noticing preferences
4. user login and passwords.
This module will assume that the internet user has accessed the court’s web site with their court assigned ECF login and password.
STEP 1 After clicking on UTILITIES on the CM/ECF Main Menu
bar, select Maintain Your ECF Account, which is
found under the Your Account sub-menu. (See Figure 1)
STEP 2 Your user account screen will appear displaying your
current account information. (See Figure 2)
STEP 3 Update your personal information on this screen. When
it is correct, click [Submit] to save the changes. If the [Submit]
button is not used, the record will not be modified.
STEP 4 The [Email information...] and [More user
information] buttons provide further screens to modify your user
profile. The following will explain these features in more detail.
STEP 3 The E-MAIL INFORMATION SCREEN presents
options for control of your electronic notification on the ECF
system. (See Figure 3)
You can request e-mail copies of notification on all cases to which you are a party or only on specific cases. You can receive e-mail activity throughout the day or a daily summary of all noticing activity. “All activity” includes notification of claims as well as other entries to a case.
Each e-mail will include the case number and name of the docket entry in the subject line of the mail message.
Each section on the E-MAIL INFORMATION SCREEN is explained below:
◆ Primary E-mail address. This address must be
formatted to Internet protocol or an error will be generated. It may
be prudent to establish a separate E-mail account for ECF activity
from your routine E-mail correspondence.
◆ Send the notices specified below...
☐ to my primary E-mail address enter the address for ECF e-mail notification.
☐ You may have notices sent to other E-mail addresses, enter the addresses in to these Additional Addresses
besides your primary E-mail address. (Paralegals or support staff may want to
share this notification activity.) When entering multiple E-mail addresses,
separate each address with a semi-colon.
☐ Send notices in cases in which I am involved
Checking this box will automatically inform the user when any filing has been
submitted in a case where this person is a participant. Chapter 7 panel
trustees and offices of the U.S. Trustee may find this advantageous for new
filings as well as routine case activity.
☐ Send notices to these additional cases
You do not have to be aparticipant in a case to receive notification of activity.
Trustees and attorneys can elect to be notified of activity in cases in which they
have an interest but are not parties to the case. It is possible to select both
NOTE: This list is maintained by each user. As you are involved in more
cases or as cases close, you must update this screen.
◆ Send a notice for each filing.
Checking this box means you will receive E-mail notices when activity occurs
throughout the day to the account(s) specified above. The title of the E-mail will
describe the type of filing and the case number.
◆ Send a Daily Summary Report
A comprehensive list of one day’s activity can be sent once a day. Notifications
for claims will also be included in this mail list. (See Figure 3a)
A Summary report includes the case numbers and titles of cases in which activity occurred for that day. The text of the Summary E-mail notification will display the docket event and the document number (including the hyperlink).
NOTE: You cannot elect to receive both separate notices and the
99-11228-lmg Michael Holdman and Wendall Holdman Notice of Appearance 5
5-01-50021-lmc John Aadams and Mary Aadams Proof of Claim Filed 1
5-01-50021-lmc John Aadams and Mary Aadams Proof of Claim Filed 2
◆ Format notices
Enter the E-mail delivery method. This selection will be determined by your E-mail type.
☐ html format for Netscape or ISP E-mail servicer
The html format will include hyperlinks to the document or claim. (See Figure 3b)
text format for cc: Mail, GroupWise, other E-mail service
Text format will feature the URL of the PDF document which can be copied and
pasted into the location bar of your browser. Figure 3c shows an example of a
text formatted notice.
◆ When you have entered your E-mail preferences, Click on [Return to Account screen].
◆ Click on [Submit] to save the changes.
STEP 4 The SELECT THE CASES TO BE UPDATED SCREEN will then appear for the user to select the affected cases. (See Figure 4)
NOTE: Modifications to Name, SSN, TAX ID, or BAR ID will automatically update ALL cases.
◆ Select desired cases and then Click [Submit].
The screen in Figure 4a is used to confirm the information which has been submitted. If you checked any of the boxes for sending notices for each filing, or sending a Summary report, this screen will indicate the option is turned “on.”
Any additional case numbers (and hyperlinks) will be displayed under the Case list: heading. If invalid case numbers were entered, you will receive an error message after submitting the data and be given the chance to back up and enter a valid number.
STEP 5 If you click on More user information from your account screen, your login and password information will be displayed. (See Figure 5)
◆ You can change your own password here.
● Logins and passwords are case sensitive.
● These are alphanumeric fields.
● Passwords have a maximum of 8 character.
● When you enter a new password it is displayed on the screen.
● Your subsequent queries to this screen will show only asterisks.
(No one will be able to tell you what your password is. Contact the court if you forget your password.)
● When you have entered the information as desired, click on [Return to Account screen].
STEP 6 Your USER ACCOUNT SCREEN will appear again. (See Figure 6)
◆ When all of your account information is correct, click [Submit] to finish processing.
STEP 7 A list of the cases you are associated with will then appear. (See Figure 7)
◆ If you want this new information to apply to all of the cases, click on [***Update All***] at the top of the list. To change information only on certain cases, hold down the [Control] key after selecting the first case number and click on the others, one at a time, to highlight them.
◆ When you have all of the desired cases or [ ***Update All***] highlighted, click [Submit] to apply the new information.
◆ The system will update the records and inform you that they were updated. You can then click on another selection in the CM/ECF Main Menu Bar.
NOTE: Modifications to NAME, SSN, TAX ID, or BAR ID will automatically update ALL cases.
USER TRANSACTION LOG
All docketing activity is recorded through each user’s User Transaction Log. This is found under Utilities on the CM/ECF Main Menu Bar. Information on this log can be selected by date range. A typical excerpt from a transaction log is displayed below. (See Figure 8)
This record may be useful in researching case filings. Dates, case numbers, times and document type are tracked.
Your transaction activity is not accessible to other users besides yourself except for court systems staff.
OTHER SUB-MENUS AVAILABLE UNDER UTILITIES
This option allows a user who logged in with a PACER account to change to an account.
Change Your Client Code
This option allows the entry of a new client code used for reporting charges made to the current PACER account.
Change Your PACER Account
This option will display the login screen to allow the entry of a different PACER account. The new account can be designated as the default Pacer login
Review PACER Billing History
Displays the number of ECF pages accessed and charges incurred for the PACER account currently being used. If you enter client codes when you access ECF, the charges are totaled for each code.
View PACER Account Information
This option displays the current PACER login and client code.
Internet Payment History
Internet Payments Due