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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the procedure for filing disclosures?
Disclosures under the recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26(a), are treated as other discovery documents such as answers to interrogatories, requests for admissions, requests for production of documents, depositions or notices of taking depositions required by Fed R. Civ. P. 30(b)(1), and certificates of service for any of the discovery materials are NOT filed with the court. Please refer to DUCivR 26-1. Expert Witness Reports, however, are filed. Proposed Witness Lists and Exhibit Lists are also filed.
Do you accept emailed documents?
Not to be filed in the case. However, copies of proposed orders should be emailed to the judge's chambers. Complaints should be be emailed as part of case opening.
Do you accept faxed documents?
Documents produced via facsimile transmission are not deemed acceptable.
What is the procedure for filing a new complaint?
One of two methods:
1. Complaints should now be filed online. See the instructions under Initiating a New Civil Case.
2. File an original document and provide one copy for the judge. Include a completed civil cover sheet and a copy for the judge. Attorneys filing civil complaints on paper must also submit the opening document(s) and cover sheet on a disc in PDF format. All documents on the disc must include an electronic signature or the /s/ signature. Provide a check for $400.00, made payable to: "Clerk, U.S. District Court". Bring completed summons to be issued by the clerk.
What are the requirements for preparing paper pleadings?
The original document requires an original signature (preferably in blue ink), it should not be stapled or contain tabs, and should be flat and unfolded.
How many certificates of service do I file, when filing in paper?
File only the original of any certificate of service. A copy for the judge is not necessary.
How do I submit proposed orders?
Attorneys should email proposed orders as directed by the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. Persons representing themselves should submit one copy of a proposed order prepared for the judge's signature.
How do I look up cases on your web site?
How do I file documents in the court?
If you are an attorney, you must file electronically. Instructions for obtaining a login and password are found at http://www.utd.uscourts.gov/cmecf/ecfpage.html. If you are representing yourself and are not a member of the bar, you must prepare your pleadings on paper and the clerk's office will file your documents. You should provide a copy of your pleading that can be sent to the judge assigned to the case.