CM/ECF HINT OF THE WEEK

HOW TO FILE A MOTION FOR JOINDER

  1. Select the file as well as the defendant(s) the filer is joining with. DO NOT CHOOSE ALL DEFENDANTS, unless appropriate.
  2. Select the Filer ONLY.
  3. Select the Motion for Joinder.
  4. Attach your pdf document.
  5. Link the motion, filed in Step 3, to the Motion(s) you are joining with.
  6. The docket text will reflect the Motion to Join and which motion the filing defendandat is joining with. The text will include the name of the Defendant Filer and the Co-Defendants that are involved in the joinder.
  7. Review the text for accuracy before submitting for filing.

NOTES:
If you are joining with a document OTHER THAN A MOTION, use the event under the Notices Category - Notice (Other) and then choose the document(s) you are joining with and modify docket text as appropriate.

When you file ANY motion (other than a Motion to Join), choose ONLY the defendant you represent.


* * * ARCHIVE * * *

IF YOU MUST FILE YOUR COMPLAINT IN PAPER

Beginning January 5, 2009, attorneys filing civil complaints in paper must also submit the opening document(s) and cover sheet on a disc in PDF format.


WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE E-FILING

DO NOT e-file the document again. CALL the Help Desk at 801-524-6851 for instructions


5 EAST STEPS TO E-FILE A NEW CIVIL CASE

  1. Prepare your Complaint (or initiating document) and Civil Cover Sheet
  2. Convert both documents to PDF format
  3. E-mail the pdf complaint and cover sheet to utdecf_clerk@utd.uscourts.gov
  4. Wait for the NEF (Notice of Electronic Filing) from the Court instructing you to E-file the complaint.
  5. E-file the Complaint and cover sheet, pay the filing fee through pay.gov. This must be done the day you e-mail the complaint.

NOTE: Cases are not considered filed until the complaint has been e-filed and the filing fee paid.

For complete instructions, including a list of the types of cases that may be e-filed, see "Initiate a New Civil Case"


WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ORIGINAL SIGNATURE

A document:
1. Signed with an "/s/ attorney name" or electronic image of the attorney's signature,
and
2. Filed under that attorney's login and password

HINT: The E-filing attorney MUST be the signing attorney.

This can be found in Section II of the Administrative Procedures on page 3.


WHY DO I HAVE TO LOGIN TWICE

HINT: Do not click on the case number - it is a link to the docket sheet.

You may occasionally notice a screen during E-Filing that only shows the case number and case name and a "Next" button. We call those "In Between Functions" screens. Work is being done in the background. You should just click on the "Next" button, not on the case number link to the docket.

docket sheet link

Whenever you see the case number and name on the screen or on the NEF (Notice of Electronic Filing) - remember that it is a link to the docket sheet. Clicking on the case number will bring up a PACER login screen.

Clicking on QUERY will also bring up a PACER login screen.


MOTION FOR WRIT OF EXECUTION and WRIT OF EXECUTION

The best practice is to file all documents in paper. The clerk’s office is responsible for issuing the Writ of Execution so if the Motion and Writ are efiled, there will be a delay in notifying the court of the pending Motion and Writ.

For further information, please review the Writ of Execution Packet (includes Request for Hearing, Writ of Execution Notice & Writ) on the Court's form page.


COURTESY COPIES

REMINDER:
According to Administrative Procedure II (F) paper courtesy copies are to be delivered to the judge for:

  1. All dispositive motions;
  2. memoranda with exhibits exceeding 10 pages;
  3. any other documents for which a judge specifically requests paper courtesy copies; and
  4. filings in cases assigned to Senior Judges Jenkins and Sam.

These documents should be sent immediately following the E-filing of the document(s).


NOT EVERY DOCUMENT IS A MOTION

Not every document should use a motion event when E-filing.

Some documents should be filed as a motion - rule of thumb:
If it needs a ruling from the judge, in most instances you should file a motion and a proposed order. If unsure what event to use to file your document please call the CM/ECF Help Desk at 801-524-6851.


USE THE SEARCH FEATURE ON THE BLUE BAR

When you need help to find the correct event, try using the SEARCH feature located on the blue bar.

Clicking on Search displays the Search Menus and Events window

search feature

In this window enter all or part of the name of the event to be found. For example, to find the correct response event, type “response” in the box and click the Search button.
CM/ECF will display a list of events which contain the entered word or string of words and the menu on which the event can be found. 
To file the document, simply click on the appropriate event and it will start the event without having to go back to the menus.

search result screen


HOW DO I FILE A PROPOSED ORDER?

Proposed orders are not filed. You should attach proposed orders to any motion that requires a ruling. Then email it to the judge. If you do not attach your proposed order at the time the motion is filed, you email it to the judge.
If you feel strongly that the proposed order needs to be on the docket, you may efile it using the "Notice of Filing" event, found under Other Documents.

The draft Proposed Scheduling Order should be e-mailed to ipt@utd.uscourts.gov, unless the case is assigned to a senior judge in which case the Proposed Order should be emailed directly to that senior judge.  See complete details for civil scheduling.


CRIMINAL FILING

Only choose the defendant you represent.

When you select the case:
Select Case Screen

AND

When you select the filer:
Select Filer screen