Currently, only attorneys are required to file documents electronically. If you are not represented by a lawyer, you may continue to file documents in paper; however, you may also be eligible to apply for permission to file documents electronically in a particular case. See Local Rule IC 2-1. To submit documents by email during COVID-19 event, see notice temporarily suspending local rule. To consent to receive documents by email, submit this form.
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Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF)
The Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system is the federal judiciary’s case management system for all appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. CM/ECF allows courts to accept filings and provide access to filed documents over the Internet.
To file documents using CM/ECF in cases pending in the District of Nevada, the Court must grant a non-attorney authorization to use CM/ECF. An authorized filer then must complete the CM/ECF tutorial; become familiar with the Electronic Filing procedures and events menus; obtain a PACER account; and finally, obtain a CM/ECF login and password from the District of Nevada by submitting a completed registration form.
Click here to go to the Electronic Case Filing 101 – Tutorial.
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.
PACER provides access to dockets (case information) via the Internet for a fee of $0.10 per page. You must have a PACER account to view documents and orders sent to you via e-mail notice. To establish a PACER account, contact the PACER Service Center (1-800-676-6856) or register online.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The court does not accept documents for filing by facsimile or email.
A person who is not registered as an electronic filer must file documents by delivering originals to the clerk’s office by hand delivery, U.S. Mail, or similar carrier service such as Federal Express, LR IC 2-1.
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.
No. The requesting party must submit properly completed proposed summons forms. The clerk will issue the summons if they are timely, the filing fee is paid, or at any time at the direction of the court. Summons are not issued prior to the ruling on a motion to proceed in forma pauperis.