United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

E-filing Events within ECF

ATTENTION: New features in ECF have made it redundant for us to list out the E-filing Events within ECF. Instead, we recommend using the Search Feature.

  1. The Search Feature
  2. Memorandum in Support and Memorandum of P's and A's
  3. Responses and Replies
  4. Motions and Requests
  5. Stipulations (and Proposed Orders)
  6. Rule 7.1 Disclosures and Corporate Disclosure Statements

1. The Search Feature

There is now a Search button on the main menu, between Utilities and Logout. If you're looking for a particular E-filing event, you can type some part of the event in the Search box, and ECF will show you items that match. Searching for events works best when you look for basic, uncommon elements. For example, if you were trying to file a "Request for Telephonic Appearance," the word "request" is likely to return a large number of matches, whereas "appear" returns 8 items, and "tele" returns exactly 1 match.

 

 You can then click on the item you want to go to that item directly. Please note that DOCUMENTS which you are submitting may have slightly different titles.  For instance, you may be submitting an Address Change Notice, but ECF will call it Notice of Change of Address.  This is perfectly fine as long as the description is reasonably and logically close to what you are filing; the title of your document does not have to match the description in ECF 100%.  If you can not find the correct event, please consult the attorney doing the filing and note that the descriptions here are sufficient for 99% of all filings.  If you still can not find the correct event, please contact ECF support.

Each event may or may not have a "Free Text Box" (an open field where you can type any needed additional information in the docket text) and other options (such as a pull-down menu or deadlines). 
Please click HERE for information on how this is used and other notes on the docket.

When in doubt, consult the staff for your judge in your case.

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2. Memorandum in Support

Memorandum in Support has been removed as an option for E-filing on its own. Per Civil Local Rule 7-2(b), a motion (which includes the memorandum of points and authorities) must be in one filed document not exceeding 25 pages in length.

If you've already filed the document that your Memorandum supports, please see our instructions on how to fix an e-filing mistake (click here).

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    3. Responses and Replies

  The Responses and Replies event category has been simplified to only include:

RESPONSES AND REPLIES

Opposition/Response to Motion

Reply to Opposition/Response

 Use "Opposition/Response to Motion" for items per Civil Local Rule 7-3(a) or (b); use "Reply to Opposition/Response" for items per Civil Local Rule 7-3(c).

When prompted whether this document should link to another document in this case, check the box and click Submit:

Should the document you are filing link to another document in this case?
Filed to  
Documents to  

 Check the box for the Motion this Response or Reply is related to:

02/01/2011 138MOTION to Bifurcate filed by Spike. (ewn, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/1/2011) (Entered: 02/02/2011)

 Use the Free Text Box to fill in the rest of your title:

 

Docket Text: Modify as Appropriate.
RESPONSE (re [138] MOTION to Bifurcate ) filed by Jerry Mouse. (Attorney, Robin S.) (Filed on 2/10/2011)

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 4. Motions and Requests

 In CM/ECF, requests* are e-filed using the Motions e-filing events. For example, a "Request for Telephonic Appearance" is e-filed under Motions -> Appear by Telephone. During the motion e-filing process, you may be prompted for a hearing date; if you don't have a hearing date, skip this screen by leaving everything blank and clicking Submit.

Reminder: our e-filing events are broad, general titles intended to cover as many kinds of filings as possible; do NOT change the caption of your documents to match our events. In the example above, while you would e-file your document using the event Motions -> Appear by Telephone, your caption would still read "Request for Telephonic Appearance."

* Request for Judicial Notice and Request for Waiver of Service have their own events. Use the Search function to find them.

MOTIONS THAT WILL NOT PROMPT FOR A HEARING DATE
 

Administrative Motion to File Under Seal
Appeal In Forma Pauperis
Appear
Appear by Telephone
Appoint Counsel
Appoint Custodian
Appoint Guardian/Attorney ad Litem
Approve Consent Judgment
Certificate of Appealability
Continue
Ex Parte Application
Expedite
Extension of Time re Transcript
Extension of Time to Amend
Extension of Time to Complete Discovery
Extension of Time to File Answer
Extension of Time to File Document
Extension of Time to File Response/Reply
File Excess Pages
Hearing
Joinder
Leave to File Document
Letters Rogatory
Pro Hac Vice
Proceed In Forma Pauperis
Quash (Under Seal)
Reconsideration
Redact Transcript
Relate Case
Remove Incorrectly Filed Document
Reopen Case
Seal Case
Service by Publication
Shorten Time
Substitute Attorney
Temporary Restraining Order
Unseal Case
Unseal Document
Warrant in rem
Writ of Habeas Corpus ad prosequendum
Writ of Habeas Corpus ad testificandum
 

MOTIONS THAT *WILL* PROMPT FOR A HEARING DATE AS WELL AS DEADLINES FOR AN OPPOSITION/RESPONSE TO MOTION AND REPLY TO OPPOSITION/RESPONSE:

Alter Judgment
Amend/Correct
Appoint Expert
Appoint Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel
Appoint Receiver
Attorney Fees
Bifurcate
Bill of Costs
Bill of Particulars
Bond
Certify Class
Change Venue
Compel
Confirm Arbitration Award
Consolidate Cases
Declaration of Mistrial
Declaratory Judgment
Default Entry
Default Judgment
Deposit Funds
Directed Verdict
Disbursement of Funds
Disclosure
Discovery
Dismiss
Dismiss/Lack of Jurisdiction
Dismiss/Lack of Prosecution
Disqualify Counsel
Disqualify Judge
Disqualify Juror
Enforce IRS Summons
Enforce Judgment
File Amicus Curiae Brief
Forfeiture of Property
In Limine
Installment Payment Order
Intervene
Judgment as a Matter of Law
Judgment Debtor Exam
Judgment NOV
Judgment of Forfeiture
Judgment on Partial Findings
Judgment on the Pleadings
Judgment under Rule 54(b)
Leave to Appeal
Limited Admission
Miscellaneous Relief
More Definite Statement
New Trial
Order of Sale
Partial Summary Judgment
Permanent Injunction
Preliminary Injunction
Produce
Protective Order
Quash
Reassign Case
Recusal
Release of Bond Obligation
Release of Funds
Remand
Return of Property
Sanctions
Set Aside
Set Aside Default
Set Aside Forfeiture
Set Aside Judgment
Set Aside Verdict
Settlement
Sever
Show Cause
Stay
Strike
Substitute Party
Summary Judgment
Suppress
Take Deposition
Taxation of Costs
Transfer Case
Vacate
Withdraw
Withdraw as Attorney
Withdraw Reference
Writ
Writ of Garnishment
Writ of Mandamus

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 5. Stipulations (and Proposed Orders)
 

The procedure for e-filing Stipulations in civil cases has changed as of 01/13/12. All stipulations, including those for ADR, must now be e-filed using the new e-filing event category "Stipulations" under "Motions and Related Filings."

All stipulation types are clearly labeled, so please take care to select the appropriate event.

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6. Rule 7.1 Disclosures and Corporate Disclosure Statements

Use Certificate of Interested Entities under Notices.

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