Welcome to the official website for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Clerk's Office is committed to providing quality service to those who appear before our Court. With that in mind, we have redesigned our site and hope that you will find it easier to use and easier to find the information you need.
Here are a few tips to help you more efficiently find the information you need and to minimize receiving notices of electronic filing errors from the Clerk's Office:
Familiarize yourself with the Local Rules, Judges' Preferences and the E-filing Policies and Procedures. Additionally, consult the Court's website before calling the Clerk's Office with questions. Often times it is quicker to consult the website for the information you need. The website has a word-search function to make accessing information faster. There are also links to the Local Rules and Frequently Asked Questions, both of which can eliminate the need to call the ECF Help Desk or other court staff. The website also has the most recent version of Court forms. Using these forms, and adhering to the instructions on the forms, may eliminate the need for the Clerk's Office to issue a notice of electronic filing error.
Keep all your contact information up to date. The Clerk's Office maintains a large attorney database and spends considerable time verifying e-mail addresses from "bounced" e-mail service. Attorneys should keep their e-mail updated in CM/ECF. Attorneys may update and make changes to their own e-mail addresses, along with any secondary email addresses, in the Utilities, Maintain Your Account, section of CM/ECF. Notices of change in firm names, addresses and phone numbers should be made by electronically filing a notice in CM/ECF.
When filing complaints and other case-initiating documents be certain to attach the most current versions of the Civil Cover Sheet and Summons. The divisional office box marked at the top of the Civil Cover Sheet determines to which division the case will be assigned. No judge assignment can be made if no divisional box is checked. Summons are issued electronically. Using the fillable version on the website will lead to your summons being issued quicker.
Before calling the ECF Help Desk to ask about the appropriate docketing event to use when electronically filing a document, try using the "Search" feature on the CM/ECF menu bar. Becoming acquainted with this feature not only reduces the need to call the ECF Help Desk, but can also lead to more accurate entry of docketing events, which will reduce the number of notices of electronic filing error received.
Check and double check all sealed, restricted and redacted filings prior to submitting them. Any document publicly filed which was intended to be redacted, restricted, or sealed will be publicly available for at least a short amount of time prior to the Clerk's Office being able to correct the filing.
If you cannot find the answer to your question on the website or in the available reference materials, or if you have made an error in electronic filing, do not hesitate to contact the Clerk's Office at 414-297-3372. Staff members are available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist attorneys and the general public with questions.