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CM/ECF User Manual

Section 2 - Resources and Registration

The Court's Internet Website

From this site, attorneys, jurors, members of the public, and educators may access information relating to the work of the Court.

Specifically, information regarding the CM/ECF system may be found under the E-Filing link on the left side of the home page under Main Menu. Here you can choose to login to the CM/ECF system, review this User Manual online, access tips and help for using CM/ECF, and find other useful information.

Registering for Access to CM/ECF

In order to access and use the CM/ECF system, you must have two separate accounts - one to view documents and obtain information; one to allow you to file documents electronically.

PACER Registration

To use the CM/ECF system, you must have a PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) account. PACER is an electronic public access gateway that allows anyone to obtain public case information, including docket sheets and documents, from any federal court. Registration for a PACER account is free, but there is a fee associated with accessing case information. To obtain a registration form and learn more about billing and payment requirements for this account, you may contact the PACER Service Center online at www.pacer.gov, by calling (800) 676-6856 or (210) 301-6440, or via e-mail.

CM/ECF Registration

CM/ECF registration authorizes a Registered User to file documents electronically with the court. CM/ECF registration is handled by each individual court and is limited to counsel or self-represented parties in actions pending in that particular court.

Attorneys who are members of the District of Oregon Federal Bar are required pursuant to LR 83-1(e) to register as a part of their admission process. In the event that you were admitted to the bar prior to the adoption of the rule, the registration form can be found on the Court's website.

Attorneys from other Districts seeking to appear pro hac vice in this District must also register in order to file documents in this District.

Self-represented parties may seek permission to become registered users for filing purposes. An application form explaining specific requirements and options can be found on the Court's website.

Why Two Logins?

The CM/ECF login is used to electronically file (e-file) pleadings and documents in the Court's electronic docketing system. It is also used to verify your identity when viewing certain restricted documents, such as medical records and certain immigration case documents. There is no charge to e-file documents in the court, with few exceptions.

The PACER login is used for querying dockets and looking at case information. There is normally a fee associated per page charged for viewing dockets and documents. See the diagram on the next page. The PACER Service Center monitors fees and generates statements of fees due.

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Although the two systems have independent user accounts, they are linked in a variety of ways. Upon login, CM/ECF will place a cookie in your browser's memory. This is to assist in user identification over the course of a long series of steps in filing a document. Unfortunately, CM/ECF will also place a cookie in your browser's memory when you arrive via PACER. If there is already a cookie from a previous session, this can thwart a new login attempt. If you experience odd behavior when trying to log in, it is a good idea to clear your browser's cache and delete any cookies placed by CM/ECF.

Login and Password

Upon registration, the Clerk's Office will create an account which contains the Registered User's address, e-mail address, user ID (login), and password. You will receive login and password identification via e-mail following registration. To ensure the integrity of the court's electronic case files, you must employ the highest standard of care in safeguarding the login and password. The login and password constitute your signature pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 on all submissions made through the system. You may change your own login and password at any time through maintenance of your User Account. If you forget or misplace your login information, you may contact the Clerk's Office for assistance; passwords may be reset on the main login screen following the procedures indicated.

The e-mail address information stored in the User Account permits the system to automatically generate e-mail notice of all filings in a case to the Registered Users in that case. The system can accommodate multiple secondary e-mail addresses for each user. Commonly, attorneys add the e-mail addresses of their legal assistants or docket clerks as backups. Every e-mail notification sent to the primary e-mail address of the Registered User will also be sent to any secondary e-mail address(es) designated. A free look of the electronically filed document is granted for those recipients associated with counsel of record in the case.

CM/ECF Training

On-line tutorials have been developed to help you learn how to use the CM/ECF system. These tutorials simulate filings of documents, and running reports and queries. You may view training resources by visiting the PACER website.

The District of Oregon has also developed its own tutorials to assist you in navigating the CM/ECF system. These tutorials can be accessed on this Court's website.

CM/ECF User Manual

This manual serves as the text version of the CM/ECF Tutorials and is a helpful resource for system functions and guides to written policies and procedures. This manual (like the on-line tutorials) will be updated as new releases of the software containing significant functional changes are implemented.

Help Desks

For further assistance regarding electronic filing, including lost or forgotten Registered User login information, contact the Clerk's Office at (503)326-8000.

For assistance regarding the viewing of federal court case information via the Internet, including technical problems downloading or printing documents, contact the PACER Service Center.

PACER Service Center

  • Website
  • E-mail
  • Regular mail: PACER Service Center, P.O. Box 780549, San Antonio, TX 78278-0549
  • Telephone: (800) 676-6856 or (210) 301-6440

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