In 2002, the Eastern District of Wisconsin began allowing attorneys to electronically file documents using the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system, also known as CM/ECF. Attorneys should electronically open all civil and miscellaneous cases, as well as electronically file all civil and criminal documents, including sealed documents. Exceptions to electronic filing include the opening of sealed cases, documents filed in sealed cases, as well as criminal waivers of indictment and plea agreements.
In order to file documents electronically, attorneys must be admitted to practice before the Court and must be registered to file electronically. Upon registration, attorneys will be provided with an identification name and password that will allow access to the system. The identification name and password will also serve as the attorney's signature for FRCvP Rule 11 purposes on all documents that are filed electronically. Attorneys may register for electronic filing by submitting an ECF registration form.
Although documents are filed in CM/ECF, documents must be viewed and printed through a nationally administered system known as PACER. PACER provides access to cases filed in all federal courts, including appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Attorneys may register for a PACER account here.
Before filing in CM/ECF, filers should review the Electronic Case Filing Policies and Procedures, ECF User Manual, E-Government Act redaction requirements, as well as the Civil Case Opening Instructions.