PDF Font Guidelines

REMINDER:  Make sure you flatten your PDF file before attaching/uploading it into CM/ECF.

Guidelines for Preparing PDF Files

(Portable Document Formatted Files)


  • All Documents ELECTRONICALLY filed with the court must be in PDF format.
  • Proposed Orders and Notices must be in revisable PDF format whether pdf, Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect, in compliance with the Administrative Procedures.
  • Acceptable PDF levels:
    • 1.2 Adobe Acrobat Version 3
    • 1.3 Adobe Acrobat Version 4
    • 1.4 Adobe Acrobat Version 5
    • 1.5 Adobe Acrobat Version 6
    • 1.6 Adobe Acrobat Version 7
  • When preparing documents for filing, only use supported base 14 fonts from the list below:
    • Arial (Regular)
    • Arial (Bold)
    • Arial (Italic)
    • Arial (Bold Italic)
    • Courier (Regular)
    • Courier (Bold)
    • Courier (Oblique)
    • Courier (Bold Oblique)
    • Helvetica (Regular)
    • Helvetica (Bold)
    • Helvetica (Oblique)
    • Helvetica (Bold Oblique)
    • Times (Regular)
    • Times (Bold)
    • Times (Italic)
    • Times (Bold Italic)
    • Times New Roman (Regular)
    • Times New Roman (Bold)
    • Times New Roman (Italic)
    • Times New Roman (Bold Italic)
    • Symbol
    • ZapfDingbats

NOTE:  If for some reason you absolutely can not use one of the above listed fonts, you will need to produce the PDF file with the fonts embedded.  This can be done by changing a setting in your Word Processor or Adobe Acrobat program.  Contact you software provider for assistance if needed. 


Embedding fonts assures the PDF version of you document looks the same on all machines that may be viewing it.  Embedding causes the document to carry it's own copies of fonts that you have used.  If you don't embed your fonts, it is possible your document will look like gibberish or be missing essential information when viewed by other users.