United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Signing Up for Case-Specific Emails / NEFs

The CM/ECF system automatically sends an email each time something new is filed in a case to:

  1. 1.  Attorneys of record and registered pro se litigants; and
  2. 2.  All others, such as journalists and members of the public, who have created "SMG" accounts to receive email notifications of case activity.

These emails are called "notices of electronic filing," abbreviated "NEFs."

If you are an attorney of record in the case, you should be receiving emails automatically. If you are not receiving emails, please confirm that you have properly appeared in the case and are shown on the docket. See Civil Local Rule 5-1(c)(2) for more information on appearance.

If you are not an attorney of record in the case but rather a journalist or interested member of the public (which can, of course, include an attorney not associated with the case), this page is for you.

Where is the "maintain your e-mail" screen in ECF?

Log into ECF using your ECF login and password for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. The path is then:
Utilities → Your Account → Maintain Your E-mail


 The Maintain Your E-mail screen looks like this:


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How do I add a secondary email address?

An attorney should not be listed as a secondary e-mail address for another attorney. Per Civil Local Rule 5.1, each attorney is required to register for his or her own ECF account. 

Click on "add new e-mail address":

 


In the text field to the right, enter the e-mail address:


As you enter the e-mail, more options will appear; adjust as you like:


When finished, click on the "submit all changes" button:

 

When presented with a list of all of your cases, keep "*** Update All ***" selected and click Submit:


You will next see a confirmation screen that the update was successful:


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How do I edit an e-mail address?

Select the e-mail address to edit:

In the text field to the right, edit the e-mail address:


 When finished, click on the "submit all changes" button:


When presented with a list of all of your cases, keep "*** Update All ***" selected and click Submit:


You will next see a confirmation screen stating that the update was successful:


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How do I delete an e-mail address?

Select the e-mail address to delete:

 


In the text field to the right, highlight the e-mail address:


 And press the "Backspace" key on your keyboard:


And then click the "Tab" key. When prompted, click the OK button:


 When finished, click on the "submit all changes" button:


When presented with a list of all of your cases, keep "*** Update All ***" selected and click Submit:


You will get a confirmation screen that the update was successful:


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How do I sign up to "watch" a specific case?

Select the e-mail address at which you would like to receive email notifications on the case; if you are an attorney, please use your primary e-mail address:




In the "Case-specific options" section, look for the field for "Add additional cases for noticing":



Enter the case number and click "Find This Case":



Select the correct case and click "Add case(s)":



The case will now appear in the section under "These cases will send notice per filing":



When finished, click on the "submit all changes" button:


When presented with a list of all of your cases, keep "*** Update All ***" selected and click Submit:


You will next see a confirmation screen stating that the update was successful:


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How do I access court documents from email notices?

The email will contain a hyperlink to the case number linking to the case docket) and the docket number of the new document (e.g. 423) linking to the document. When you click one of the hyperlinks, you will be prompted for your PACER login. You will be charged for accessing dockets and documents over PACER's quarterly maximum number of free pages (but you can save or print them for future reference). You will not be able to access restricted filings, such as under seal documents, but you will be notified of them.

Can a secondary e-mail address be set to not receive NEFs in some cases?

Yes. Click on the e-mail address you want to make changes to:



On the left, look for the following item and change it to No:



Also on the left, find the box that lists the cases:



Click on the number of the case you do not want NEFs sent in and click Remove.



When finished, click on the "submit all changes" button:


You will get a confirmation screen that the update was successful:


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