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Local Rule 49.1 Training - Filing Documents Under Seal in Criminal Cases

On July 20, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota implemented LR 49.1, Filing Documents Under Seal in Criminal Cases. Training sessions will be held monthly through the end of the year. If you have not already attended training or want a refresher course for filing sealed documents in criminal cases, please attend one of our training sessions.

Sealed ECF Training

District Court CM/ECF Computer Based Training Modules

The computer-based training modules listed below require speakers or headphones and the Adobe Flash Player. You can download the player free from

Filing a Stipulation

Filing a Certificate of Service

Civil Case Opening

Part 1 of the Civil Case Opening Process:
  Entering Case Data & Parties

Part 2 of the Civil Case Opening Process:
  Filing a Complaint
  Filing a Notice of Removal


CM/ECF Criminal and Civil Filing Training

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota provides training in the use of its Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system to all interested attorneys and law firm staff. The court encourages attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, legal assistants, and systems staff to attend training.

According to Local Rule 5.1, all documents are to be filed electronically on the Court's Electronic Case Filing system in criminal and civil cases. The benefits of ECF include: e-mail noticing of all filings, 24 hour access to file or view documents; immediate access to docket sheets and to the documents themselves; and potential for savings in copying, and courier and noticing costs.

Our training sessions provide attorneys and their staff with the knowledge necessary to use the Court's Electronic Case Filing system. Topics include:

  • How to prepare documents for electronic filing;
  • How to file electronically to ECF;
  • How to retrieve electronically filed documents;
  • How to change the electronic noticing options;
  • What to do if you have difficulties filing electronically;
  • Topics such as electronic signatures, redaction of pleadings and filing under seal.

Training will be held in the Clerk's Office, Suite 200, of the Minneapolis courthouse (300 S. 4th Street). Click HERE for location and parking information. All classes start promptly at 9 am and run approximately 2.5 hours. Please click on one of the links below to view the class schedule and reigster for training.

ECF Training - Civil Filing

ECF Training - Criminal Filing

If you have further questions regarding training, please contact Katie McCarthy at 612-664-5014 or

Individuals seeking training in how to file electronically in bankruptcy cases should contact the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota should visit the Bankruptcy Court's website: