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Bar News - October 6, 2006

ECF Tip Internet Fee Payments Using CM/ECF

Effective October 1, 2006, attorneys electronically filing pleadings having a filing fee can use the new credit card module in CM/ECF to pay the required fee. This new system also allows attorneys to review their CM/ECF credit card transaction history. Note that this new Internet credit card payment system will replace the Credit Card Authorization Forms, which will be destroyed and no longer maintained or utilized by the court.


Internet Credit Card Payment Using CM/ECF

        In district court, the following filings have a required fee: new civil and miscellaneous case filings; notices of appeals; motions pro hac vice; and tape requests.

        The following events will require Internet credit card payment in order to be submited using the court’s CM/ECF system:


Civil events:

Notice of Appeal ($455)

Notice of Appeal-Interlocutory Appeal ($455)

Notice of Cross Appeal ($455)

New Case (Attorney Filing)/Complaint ($350)

New Case (Attorney Filing)/Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus ($5)

New Case (Attorney Filing)/Notice of Removal ($350)

New Case (Attorney Filing)/Miscellaneous Case ($39)

Motion/Appear Pro Hac Vice ($50)

Notice/Tape Request ($26)

Criminal events:

Appeal of Magistrate Judge Decision (misdemeanor) to District Court ($32)

Notice of Appeal ($455)

Notice of Appeal - Interlocutory ($455)

Motion/Appear Pro Hac Vice ($50)

Notice/Tape Request ($26)

        (Please note that fees appearing above were correct at the time of posting this instruction sheet but may change in the future. Check the fee schedule on the “Financial” page on the federal district court’s Web site at for a listing of current fees).

        When electronically filing any pleading having a required fee, the user will be automatically directed through the Internet payment process in CM/ECF. During the filing process, the user will be presented with a payment information screen that includes the cardholder’s name, address, and payment type. See Figure 1. The fields marked with asterisks are required fields. Note the account holder name and billing address defaults to the user attorney’s name and address but may be changed. Enter the card type, card number and expiration date and click on “Continue with Plastic Card Payment.” (See Figure 1.) The user will next see a payment summary screen. (See Figure 2.)

        Although the filer will receive a Notice of Electronic Filing after the document is transmitted, you can enter an e-mail address to receive a separate credit card transaction confirmation. Note that there is just one required field—the box indicating the user authorizes the charge to the credit card. Once the required box is checked, click on “Submit Payment” and you will be allowed to finish your electronic filing. Warning: Pressing the “Submit Payment” button more than once may result in multiple transactions being processed.

        Note: If you do not have a valid credit card; decline to complete the required fields; or the credit card processing function of CM/ECF is experiencing problems, you will not be able to complete your electronic filing. If this occurs and you need to file your pleading immediately, you will need to file your pleading in paper with the accompanying filing fee at the clerk’s office or at the night depository outside the building after normal business hours to ensure timely filing.

        Also note, that there is a by-pass option in the CM/ECF fee events which allows attorneys representing parties who have been or are requesting pro hac vice status, as well as United States Government Attorneys, to electronically file without making any credit card payment. Because some attorneys may not want to make a credit card payment over the Internet, the Administrative Procedures for ECF allow the attorney to file the document in paper with the required fee.

        Finally, please note that due to limitations of the court’s credit card payment system, pro se parties may not electronically file pleadings having a filing fee at this time and all such filings must be made in paper. Similarly, due to technical limitations of the current CM/ECF system, filers must submit a separate motion for each attorney whose admission is sought pro hac vice and may not request the pro hac vice admission of multiple attorneys in one motion.


Reconciling and Tracking CM/ECF Credit Card Payments

        At the end of each electronic filing having a filing fee, the Notice of Electronic Filing will include a receipt number and the amount of the fee charged. We strongly recommend that attorneys forward the NEF to the firm’s financial department or to the person responsible for reconciling the firm’s monthly statements.

        An attorney can also use CM/ECF to obtain a report listing of that attorney’s Internet payments through CM/ECF for a specific time frame. To do this, enter the attorney’s CM/ECF login and password, click on “Utilities” on the blue menu bar and select “Internet Payment History.” On the next screen, enter a specified date range and click on “Run Report.” This list includes all payments of charges incurred using that attorney’s CM/ECF login and password for a specific time frame.


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