Electronic civil case opening allows attorneys to file new civil and miscellaneous cases via CM/ECF, rather than initiating new cases in paper form at the Clerk’s Office. Attorneys interested should consider the following requirements:
- Participating attorneys must be registered for electronic filing via CM/ECF and the must be admitted to practice in the Southern District of Indiana. Attorneys who are not yet registered with a CM/ECF login and password may use the ECF Registration Form.
- Attorneys and/or support staff at participating offices may attend a free training course to learn procedures for filing new civil and miscellaneous cases via CM/ECF. Training sessions are held upon request at the courthouse and online via webinar. For more information, contact the Clerk's Office at (317) 229-3700.
- The filing of new civil complaints and notices of removal via CM/ECF includes electronic payment of the $400 filing fee via Pay.gov. Payment may be submitted via either ACH (checking/savings account) or credit card transaction.
Attorney Case Opening Procedures & References:
Print and review the Electronic Civil Case Opening Instructions before opening a new case electronically, to avoid common case opening errors.
The Party Name Guide provides guidance and tips for entering party names into the CM/ECF database.
Consult the Case Opening Checklist before logging in to CM/ECF to open a new case
When opening a new civil case electronically, prepare all case initiating documents and complete a Civil Cover Sheet before starting the case opening process: