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CM/ECF User Manual

Electronic Filing of Individual Consent to Magistrate Judge

(Effective March 6, 2017)

Consent to Magistrate – By Party

Step

Screen

Click on Civil on the blue toolbar to view the civil events menu.

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Click on Consents, located in the Other Filings menu.

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Clicking on the Consent to Magistrate – by Party event will move it to the Selected Events box. Click Next to continue.

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The civil case number screen will appear.

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Enter the number of the case in which the document should be filed and click Find This Case.

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NOTE: The case number may be entered in any of the formats indicated in the civil case number screen. The easiest way to locate a case is to enter the year it was filed and the five-digit case number. CM/ECF will automatically populate the division code and case type within the search results.

After your case is located, click Next to continue.

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Click Next on the following screen.

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Uploading Documents

Step

Screen

The next screen is the document attachment screen.

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REMINDER: Pursuant to LR 5-2(b), all pleadings and documents, including attachments and exhibits, must be filed as text-searchable PDF files unless otherwise directed by the Court.

The main document should be the Consent to Jurisdiction by a Magistrate Judge and Designation of Normal Appeal Route. Click on the Choose File button to locate the consent form for attachment.

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A new window will open. Locate the consent form in the location where it has been saved.

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Prior to attachment, it is recommended that the PDF be reviewed to ensure it is accurate and is the correct attachment. This can be done by right clicking on the PDF and selecting the Open option. The PDF will open on your screen for review. After confirming the PDF is correct, click the X in the upper right corner of the PDF to close it.

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Make sure the correct document is highlighted, and then click the Open button in CM/ECF to continue with document attachment.

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When the document has been added, click Next to continue.

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Final Steps

Step

Screen

Click Next to continue.

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The final warning screen displaying the full docket text of the event will appear. Click Next to file the document. The docket entry will immediately post to the CM/ECF system.

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A Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) will be generated by the CM/ECF system for the docket entry.

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NOTE: Individual party consents do not include the name of the filer, and the PDF attached to the entry is restricted to protect the voluntariness of the party's consent under 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(2).

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