Electronic Filing – CM/ECF
IMPORTANT: The CM/ECF system will be unavailable from 10:00 PM until midnight each Saturday and Sunday for system maintenance.
The upgrade to NextGen CM/ECF is complete. For more information, see Implementation of NextGen CM/ECF – COMPLETE. The information on this page and the FAQ pages will be updated regularly, so stay tuned.
Information Available on This Page
Registration and Updating Your Account
NOTE: As of October 27, 2014, you will not be able to use your Appellate ECF credentials without a linked PACER account. See this page for instructions. For training to walk you through the linking process and help you understand some of the changes in NextGen CM/ECF, go here .
Use of the CM/ECF system is now mandatory for all attorneys and all court reporters filing in this Court, unless they are granted an exemption from using the CM/ECF system. Use of the CM/ECF system is voluntary for all pro se parties proceeding without counsel.
To register for the 9th Circuit CM/ECF system, start here .
To request an exemption, send a completed CM/ECF Exemption Form (PDF) to the Court.
Registering prior to the time that you want to enter your first filing electronically will assist you with filing delays. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible.
Admission: If you are an attorney, you do not need to be admitted to the bar of this Court before you register for electronic filing, but you should concurrently apply for admission. Information on attorney admission is available at Attorney Admissions Instructions .
To update your CM/ECF account (for example, to change your address or add additional email addresses), navigate to Account Update. log in, and follow the instructions on the page.
Circuit Rule 25-5 provides details about which documents can and cannot be filed electronically. Effective December 1, 2009, the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in All Ninth Circuit Cases is no longer in effect and has been incorporated into the Ninth Circuit Rules.
Logging In to File a Document
Logging In to View Documents
To view documents in a case, you can log in to PACER. Note that if you want to access documents in a Social Security or immigration case, you must access the the docket via CM/ECF. See I cannot access a document in a Social Security or immigration case. Is there a problem?
- CM/ECF User Guide (Updated on 9 November 2016 )
Check this document for step-by-step instructions.
- In-Person Training for Electronic Case Filing is being offered upon request. Submit your request using this form: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/cmecf/trainingreq/ .
If you have a question about CM/ECF and you cannot find the answer on the Court’s or PACER’s websites, submit your question using this form: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/cmecf/feedback/. You can expect a reply from the Court during the Court’s business hours, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time.
Last Update: 7 June 2017