Fourth Circuit Electronic Case Filing Application


You must be either a member of the Fourth Circuit bar or a pro se litigant with a case pending in the Fourth Circuit to be approved as a Fourth Circuit ECF filer. Attorneys who are not yet members of the Fourth Circuit bar may complete ECF registration. Once they are admitted to the bar, filing privileges will be added to their ECF account. Local Rules 25(a) & 25(c) provide detailed electronic filing information. The CM/ECF Attorney Manual, and our Attorney ECF On-line Training provide instructions for filing. Check each box below to acknowledge that you have read and understand the court's electronic filing policies and procedures.

Your ECF login and password serve as your signature for all purposes in connection with proceedings before the court and should be safeguarded against unauthorized use. Designated, authorized agents may use your login and password to file on your behalf.

All documents filed by counsel must be submitted to the court in electronic form with two exceptions: (1) payment vouchers, other than CJA vouchers submitted using the CJA eVoucher System, are filed in paper form in the clerk's office, and (2) case-initiating documents such as petitions for agency review and petitions for permission to appeal may be uploaded using ECF's Submit New Case utility or filed in paper form in the clerk's office. Formal briefs and appendices must be filed in both electronic and paper form.

Conventional service is required only on those case participants who were not served electronically through ECF as identified on the Notice of Docket Activity. Conventional service is required for case initiating documents, such as petitions for review and petitions for permission to appeal, regardless of whether the petition was uploaded through the Submit New Case utility or filed in paper form in the clerk's office. All SEALED documents must be served conventionally.

Personal data identifiers must be redacted in whole or in part by filers prior to electronic filing: (1) social security and tax ID numbers must be limited to last four digits; (2) minor children must be identified by their initials only; (3) dates of birth must show the year only; (4) financial account numbers must be limited to the last four digits only; and (5) home addresses in criminal cases must be limited to city and state only.

In immigration and social security cases, remote public access is limited to court orders and opinions. Remote access to all other case documents is available only to parties and attorneys participating in the case who are registered filing users.

Electronically filed documents may contain hyperlinks to documents filed on appeal or as part of the record in the lower court and to statutes, rules, regulations, and opinions. Documents must contain standard citations in support of statements of fact or points of law, in addition to any hyperlink.

A sealed version of a formal brief is filed electronically using the SEALED BRIEF event. Paper copies of the sealed brief are filed with the court and served on all parties entitled to access the sealed brief. Counsel must also file a certificate of confidentiality for the sealed version of the brief. The redacted version of the brief is filed using the BRIEF entry. Paper copies of the redacted brief are filed with the court but not served on the parties.

To file a brief with a motion for extension of time (file out of time), file the motion with the event MOTION and the relief extend filing time. File the brief with the event BRIEF. Similarly, to file a motion for leave to file any document, use the MOTION event for the motion and the appropriate document event (Amicus Curiae/Intervenor Brief, Addendum/Attachment) for the document. If the motion is denied, the court will strike the document.

If you attach the wrong document to an entry and realize your mistake before committing the transaction, abort the transaction or use the back button to return to the previous screen and correct the filing.

If you realize there is a mistake in your filing after committing a transaction, contact the clerks office and inform them of the mistake.

I consent to electronic service of case filings through CM/ECF. I acknowledge that my Appellate ECF Filer login and password constitute my signature on all documents filed using that login and password. I agree to protect the security of my login and password and to contact the PACER Service Center and the clerk immediately if I learn that my password has been compromised.