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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.

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;
  • Including electronic signatures, redaction of pleadings and filing under seal.
  • PowerPoint for ECF: Attorney User Training


Local Rule 5.6 Training - Filing Sealed Documents in Civil Cases

On February 27, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota implemented new Local Rule 5.6, Filing Documents Under Seal in Civil Cases. We encourage all attorneys and their staff who file in civil cases to attend one of our training sessions. 

Training will be held online using Zoom. All classes start promptly at 9:30 AM and run approximately 1.5 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

LR 5.6 – Filing sealed documents in civil cases



If you have further questions regarding training, please contact Leah Gilgenbach at 651-848-1103 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: