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.
Training Materials for Attorney Case Opening:
- Online training modules are available for Electronic Civil Case Opening. Each of the two interactive tutorials is approximately 30 minutes in length. Before viewing an online training module, it may be helpful to print the sample documents for the training cases.
Training Module #1 -- How to Open a Civil Case with a Complaint
|Complaint Tutorial||Training Case #1|
Training Module #2 - How to Open a Civil Case with a Notice of Removal
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After viewing the training modules, complete and return the Training Certification form to obtain access to case opening functionality in CM/ECF.
Attorney Case Opening Procedures & References:
When opening a new civil case electronically, prepare all case initiating documents and complete a Civil Cover Sheet before starting the case opening process:
The Cause of Action Codes list will assist in determining which code to enter on the civil cover sheet and in CM/ECF.
Consult the Case Opening Checklist before logging in to CM/ECF to open a new case.
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.