How does ECF (electronic case filing work)?
To file electronically, attorneys create their documents on their computers just as they normally do. Instead of printing the document on paper, however, attorneys save it in a portable document format that can be read by others with all formatting intact regardless of the type of computer or word processor they use. Attorneys then access the electronic filing system through their Internet provider over the World Wide Web. After establishing their identity by providing a court assigned user identification name and password that serves as their signature for electronically filed documents, attorneys indicate the case number that their document applies to, the party the document is being filed on behalf of and the type of document (answer, motion, etc.) being filed. The document is then sent over the Internet to the court computer. A receipt is immediately sent back to the attorney’s screen verifying that the document has been received. The receipt can be printed or saved to disk for fut