Case Management/ Electronic Case Filing (CM/ ECF) is a comprehensive online system that allows the court to manage and maintain electronic case files and allow for electronic filing over the internet. All case files, unless sealed, are available online. The main purpose of the system is to fulfil the legal obligation of the Clerk of Court as custodian of court records.
To access the CM/ ECF system, all a user requires is a computer with an internet connection and a compatible web browser. The user also has to install a word processing software to allow for the generation of documents that can be converted to a portable document format (PDF).
Full access to CM/ECF is available to attorneys. Limited access to the system is also available to a select group of people, including trustee staff, creditors and approved personal financial management course providers.
Debtors and registered ECF participants with an active login can receive notices in their emails. Email notices to ECF participants include filing error notices and Notices of Electronic Filing (NEF). Debtors with an open bankruptcy case may opt for the free and voluntary Debtor Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN) program to receive court-generated notices and orders.