Get Registered for CM/ECF and PACER
Find out how to register for access to CM/ECF and PACER on the CM/ECF Registration page.
CM/ECF uses the Java application. You will need Java 1.6 Update 31 or higher in order to access ECF. Visit http://java.com to obtain or verify the version of Java.
Recently, Apple released Java for Mac OS X 10.7 or later. However, this update removes the Java plugin from all browsers on the system. After installing this update, Mac users may get an error message after logging in to CM/ECF, "Missing Plug-In." To fix this issue, Mac users will need to download the plugin and install it one time on their computer. Instructions for doing this can be found at Apple's website here.
You can find additional system requirements from the CM/ECF FAQ at http://www.pacer.gov/psc/efaq.html#CMECF .
Notice to Fee-exempt PACER Users
The court would like to remind fee-exempt PACER users of the terms of the exemption and of potential issues associated with a new software application called RECAP. It was designed by a group from Princeton University to enable the sharing of court documents on the Internet. Once a user loads RECAP, documents that he or she subsequently accesses via PACER are automatically sent to a public Internet repository. Other RECAP/PACER users are then able to see whether documents are available from the Internet repository.
A fee exemption applies only for limited purposes. Any transfer of data obtained as the result of a fee exemption is prohibited unless expressly authorized by the court. Therefore, feeexempt PACER users must refrain from the use of RECAP.
The prohibition on transfer of information received without fee is not intended to bar a quote or reference to information received as a result of a fee exemption in a scholarly or other similar work.