Do pro hac vice applications have to be notarized and can we use electronic signatures on them? (June 9, 2021)
Pro hac vice applications have to be notarized and require a wet signature by the attorney applying for admission. Electronic signatures are only for attorneys who have been admitted to practice and are a registered “filer” in the court’s electronic filing system. See LR IA 11-2 and LR IC 2-1 for more details.
How can I be admitted to practice before the United States District Court, District of Nevada? (updated June 9, 2021)
For attorneys admitted in Nevada and maintaining Nevada offices:
- Complete a Motion for Admission to Practice;
- Present the motion with the appropriate fee personally to the clerk’s office (please make checks payable to Clerk, US District Court);
- Be sworn in and sign the register.
See Local Rule LR IA 11-1.
For admission to practice in a particular case:
- Complete a Verified Petition for Permission to Practice in This Case Only by Attorney Not Admitted to the Bar of This Court and Designation of Local Counsel attaching a certification of good standing;
- Send the completed form to the clerk’s office with the appropriate fee or have local counsel electronically file.
See Local Rule LR IA 11-2.
To request a Certificate of Good Standing:
Mail a request for a Certificate of Good Standing with payment of $20. (Check or money order made payable to US District Court.)
If an expedited Certificate of Good Standing is needed, call 702-464-5456, and the certificate can be prepared and picked up at the Las Vegas Intake Window in the Clerk’s Office once payment is received.
Credit card payments are accepted at the Intake Window in the Clerk’s Office; credit card payments are not accepted over-the-phone.
In CM/ECF, select Utilities on the blue menu bar. Under Your Account select the appropriate option, such as Maintain your E-Mail, Maintain your Login/Password, or Maintain your Address. Make sure that when you are finished that you click on the “Submit all changes” button located at the bottom of the page.
If the first option on the blue menu bar is Civil then you are in CM/ECF. If the first option on the blue menu bar is Query then you are in PACER.
NOTE: The use of the same login and password for CM/ECF and PACER will result in the program logging into PACER only.
After admission to practice has been completed, go to CM/ECF Attorney Registration and submit a registration request. The clerk will send an email informing the attorney when the request is processed.
Note: Due to the volume of requests received by the Court, it could take up to one business day to activate your CM/ECF registration.
If you have lost or forgotten your CM/ECF password, you may reset your password on the CM/ECF login page, here. You must know your login name or the primary email address on your account. If the primary email address is associated with more than one login ID, enter a login ID only. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.
If you have lost or forgotten your CM/ECF login ID or your primary email address has changed, please contact the Help Desk in Las Vegas at 702-464-5555 or 1-888-674-2323 for further instructions.
This routinely occurs when the user exits from CM/ECF incorrectly or incompletely during their last login session. The PACER cookies are now established as your main reference when you log into CM/ECF. The solution is as follows:
- Go to Tools and Internet Options on the browser;
- Delete cookies, history, and temporary files;
- Reboot the computer.
If you are still unable to access CM/ECF you will receive an error message, and you will need to reset your CM/ECF login and password.
File the correct .pdf document using the filing event called Notice of Corrected Image/Document under the menu category for your filing. Link the notice back to the previous filing on the docket. The clerk’s office will make any necessary corrections to the original entry.
Contact the Las Vegas Help Desk at 702-464-5555 (toll free at 1-888-674-2323) for southern cases, or the Reno Clerk’s Office at 775-686-5800 for northern cases. The deputy clerk will correct the entry and file a Notice of Docket Correction. The attorney will be directed to refile the document in the correct case.
Contact the Las Vegas Help Desk at 702-464-5555 (toll free at 1-888-674-2323) for southern cases, or the Reno Clerk’s Office at 775-686-5800 for northern cases. Depending on the circumstances, the deputy clerk will correct the entry and file a Notice of Docket Correction or direct the attorney to refile document selecting the correct event.
If the court or clerk discovers the error and action is needed, you will be notified via an email notice through CM/ECF titled Notice of Attorney Action Required.
First, go to the case docket and look to see if the attorney’s email address appears on the docket and is correct. The notation “ ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED” must appear below the email address.
Next, go to the attorney’s account to review the primary and secondary email addresses that are linked to the account. The primary email address must only appear once; it cannot be listed under both Primary and Secondary email address. Update any incorrect account information.
Finally, if all of the above information is correct, please contact the Help Desk at 702-464-5555 or 1-888-674-2323 for further assistance.
Use the Search feature located on the blue menu bar in CM/ECF and input a search term.
Example: Filing a Motion to Compel, type compel in the search box and the system will show all events containing the word compel.
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows registered users to review and print case and docket information in federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. PACER is provided by the Federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service. For assistance with PACER please call 1-210-301-6440 or 1-800-676-6856.
The Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system allows parties and the court to file documents electronically making the case information immediately available. For assistance with CM/ECF please call the Las Vegas Help Desk at 702-464-5555 (toll free at 1-888-674-2323) or the Reno office at 775-686-5800.
Note: Your PACER login and password should be unique. Do not use the same login and password as your CM/ECF account. The use of the same login and password for CM/ECF and PACER will result in the program logging into PACER.
The following internet browsers have been tested and approved for use with CM/ECF:
- Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
- Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and higher
Other browsers are not supported, but may work.
TIP: If you are having trouble logging into CM/ECF and you are using Google Chrome, try using a different browser.
Sealed documents can only be viewed by the court unless and until further order of the court. Ex parte documents are made available on the public docket the day after they are filed. Witness lists can be viewed by the case participants and the court. Documents in Social Security Appeals and Immigration cases (Fed.R.Civ.P. 5.2(c)) can be viewed by case participants, the court, and at the clerk’s office public terminal.
Note: You must log into CM/ECF with your e-filer login and password in order to view documents restricted to case participants only. The system will verify you are a party in the case by your login ID; therefore, the CM/ECF login used must be associated with an attorney that has appeared in the case and is listed on the docket.
A person acting as his or her own attorney may request the court’s authorization to register as a filer in his or her specific case, LR IC 2-1(b).
Note: All communications with the court must be styled as a motion, stipulation, or notice, and must be filed in the court’s docket, LR IA 7-1(b).
One original of each document should be filed. An attorney or pro se party who wishes to receive a file-stamped copy of any pleading or other paper must submit one additional copy and, if by mail, a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. A party who is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis need not submit a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. LR 10-1
There are three types of restricted documents:
- sealed documents;
- ex parte documents; and,
- other select documents that contain personal identifiers (See Fed.R.Civ.P. 5.2 and Fed.R.Crim.P. 49.1).
Documents filed under seal can only be viewed by the court unless and until further order of the court. Documents filed ex parte are filed on the docket, but not served on other parties. Unlike sealed documents, ex parte documents will appear on the public docket the day after being filed. Other select documents may be restricted due to the inclusion of person identifiers, such as financial account numbers and social security numbers. Witness lists and some documents filed in Social Security Appeal cases and Immigration cases are restricted to case participants only.
Note: You must log into CM/ECF using the login and password for an attorney that has properly appeared in the case, and is listed as attorney of record on the docket, in order to view documents that are restricted in Social Security Appeals and Immigration cases.
No. For a non-electronic filer, the court and opposing parties send documents in paper form via U.S. mail or other delivery service. For registered CM/ECF users, documents are provided electronically through the use of CM/ECF.
Transcripts of Court Proceedings:
Transcripts filed on or after May 15, 2008, will be available electronically after the 90-day restriction period. Sealed transcripts are not available electronically.
Can I purchase an audio CD and have a private transcriber prepare a transcript for me? (August 18, 2017)
This can be done, however, the transcript will not be the official court record. The official certified court record can only be prepared by the court or an individual designated by the court to produce the record.
No. Unless otherwise ordered, it is the responsibility of the ordering party to pay for the transcripts to be used in the record on appeal.
Once your order is received, an estimate of the total cost will be prepared and you will be notified by the court reporter or recorder as to how much deposit is needed to start preparing your transcript. A deposit of 75% of the estimated total is required. You will be asked to send the deposit in the form of a check or money order payable directly to the court reporter or a transcription company. The court is unable to accept cash for a transcript.
Note: Transcripts are not started and the time for delivery does not start to run until the deposit has been received.
For CJA appointed attorneys only: Log into the court’s CJA eVoucher system and submit a CJA-24 transcript request form.
For all other requests: Complete a Transcript Order form and deliver the form in person to the clerk’s office in Las Vegas or Reno, or e-mail the completed form directly to the court reporter.
Do not e-file the transcript order form on the court’s electronic filing system.
Redaction of the following personal identifiers must be requested by an attorney or pro se party within 21 days of filing of the transcript:
- Social Security or Taxpayer Identification numbers redacted to the last four (4) digits;
- Financial account numbers redacted to the last four (4) digits;
- Dates of birth redacted to the year;
- Names of minor children redacted to initials; and
- Home addresses redacted to city and state, in criminal cases.
A copy of the request must be delivered to the court reporter.
When a transcript is complete, the court reporter or transcriber will deliver the transcript as requested in the delivery instructions on the transcript order, along with a bill for the actual cost. Your deposit will have been deducted from the actual cost. You will be asked to pay the balance in the form of a check or money order payable to the court reporter or a transcription company. The court cannot accept cash as payment for a transcript. If your deposit was greater than the actual cost, you will receive a refund check.
I am a CJA appointed attorney. How do I order a transcript of a hearing or trial? (August 18, 2017)
Filed transcripts are restricted in CM/ECF for the first 90 days. Counsel of record in a case who have received a transcript from the court reporter or transcriber will be given access to the transcript via the CM/ECF system. Counsel of record in a case who have not purchased a copy of the transcript from the court reporter or transcriber will not have access to the transcript through CM/ECF until they purchase it from the court reporter or transcriber or until after 90 days. Anyone can view the transcript at the public terminal in both clerk’s offices. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy during the first 90 days must request the copy from the reporter or transcriber using the Transcript Order form and pay the fee set by the Judicial Conference and General Order 2018-01.
I am representing myself or I am a member of the public. Can I view the transcript? How do I order a copy? (August 18, 2017)
Anyone can view the transcript at the public terminal in both clerk’s offices free of charge. Filed transcripts are restricted in CM/ECF for the first 90 days. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy during that period must request the copy from the reporter or transcriber using the Transcript Order form and pay the fee set by the Judicial Conference and General Order 2018-01.
Is there a fee that the court reporter or transcriber can charge for making redactions? (August 18, 2017)
No. The Judicial Conference has not authorized an additional fee for providing redacted transcripts for the court’s electronic records.
May parties move to redact other information in a transcript other than the specified identifiers? (August 18, 2017)
Yes. While court reporters or transcribers are authorized to redact the specific personal identifiers, parties may move the court by separate motion. A ruling from the court is required before other information in the transcript may be redacted.
When I file the “Designation of Transcripts” form for my appeal, does this automatically order the transcripts I have listed? (August 18, 2017)
No, you must also complete and file a Transcript Order form or, if appropriate, a CJA-24 request. The Designation of Transcripts is a document filed in the appeal process, but it does not replace ordering the transcripts with the order form.
Note: For CJA appointed attorneys, log into the court’s CJA eVoucher system to submit a CJA-24 authorization request for transcript.
Please refer to the minutes of proceedings on the court docket for the name of the Court Reporter or Electronic Court Recording Operator (ECRO), or if audio digital recording was used (FTR or Liberty).
Hearings reported by an Official Court Reporter:
If the hearing was reported by an official court reporter, please email the transcript order form directly to that court reporter. The minutes of proceedings will include the name of the reporter.
If the order form includes multiple proceedings before more than one reporter or was reported by a contract court reporter whose name is not listed above, please email the transcript order form to Transcript_Orders@nvd.uscourts.gov.
Hearings electronically recorded by an ECRO or a U.S. Magistrate Judge Courtroom Administrator:
If the hearing was a digital audio recorded (FTR or Liberty) proceeding before a U.S. Magistrate Judge or if the hearing was before a U.S. District Judge and was electronically recorded by an ECRO, please email the transcript order form to the email address that is associated with the U.S. District Judge that is assigned to the case.
If there is no U.S. District Judge assigned to the case, please email your transcript order form to Transcripts_Nevada@nvd.uscourts.gov.
Only proceedings in which the record is taken by an electronic court recording operator (ECRO) or a digital audio recorded (FTR or Liberty) proceeding before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Proceedings taken by an official court reporter do not have recordings available for sale.