What is CM/ECF?

CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Filing) is a case management system being implemented in the Federal Judiciary for all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts. CM/ECF allows courts to accept filings and provide access to filed documents over the Internet.


24-hour access to case file documents over the Internet

Ability to file pleadings electronically with the court

Automatic email notice of case activity

Ability to download and print documents directly from the court system

Concurrent access to case files by multiple parties

Savings in time and expenditures for attorneys

Expanded search and reporting capabilities

Easy to use -- based on Standard Internet browser

No waiting in line or unavailable files at the courthouse


Replaces aging electronic docketing and case management systems in all federal courts

Is being used enthusiastically by attorneys in courts nationwide

No delays or added expenses associated with mail or courier services

Speeds delivery and allows easier tracking of case activity

Reduces physical storage space needs and document processing times

Low start-up costs -- uses Internet standard software and established "PDF" format

Secure and reliable

Court dockets are immediately updated and available