Electronic Civil Case Opening for Attorneys

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. 
IMPORTANT: After reviewing the Electornic Case Opening Instructions and Party Name Guide, please complete and return the   Training Certification form to obtain access to case opening functionality in CM/ECF.


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:

Civil Cover Sheet                    Civil Cover Sheet Webform (fillable on-line version)

Summons in a Civil Action             Summons in a Civil Action (Multi-Party)