Attorney Civil Case Opening Resources
Beginning on December 1, 2012, attorneys will be able to file their own civil case opening documents electronically in the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. For more information, please see the attached newsletter.
Online training modules are available for Electronic Civil Case Opening.
Part 1 of the Civil Case Opening Process:
Entering Case Data & Parties
When opening a new civil case electronically, prepare all case initiating documents and complete a Civil Cover Sheet before starting the case opening process. The Cause of Action list will assist in determining which code should be entered on the Civil Cover Sheet and in CM/ECF.
Also, review the Party Name Guide which provides guidance and tips for entering party names into the CM/ECF database.