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General

Please note that you may e-file at any time, but CM/ECF support (ECF Support Desk) is only offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, excluding court holidays. No after hours support is available. When relevant, please include the Case Number and the Judge’s initials in the Subject: line of all e-mails to the court.

All admitted attorneys are required to register to file electronically and are required to update their e-mail addresses, mailing address, and phone number online by logging into CM/ECF. In order to receive your Notices of Electronic Filing on your cases, you must ensure that your e-mail addresses are up-to-date at all times.

If you are unable to log into CM/ECF to update your record, please complete the E-mail Notification Update Form and e-mail a copy to the help desk and mail original to the address at the bottom of the form.

CM/ECF Help Desk.

Attorneys and other recipients the attorney has designated to receive e-mail notices are sent e-mail using the bcc (blind carbon copy) address field. The e-mail will be addressed to “cmecf_notices@txwd.uscourts.gov” and the e-mail will be from “txw_usdc_notice@txwd.uscourts.gov“. Attorneys must ensure these addresses are not blocked or marked as spam. Attorneys are also responsible for ensuring their e-mail box does not become full and cause e-mail notices to be rejected.

Please note that some of the files available are VERY large and may take several minutes to download to your computer, depending upon your internet connection.

Transcripts

Transcripts (Click to View)
Contract Court ReporterTranscriber Information for Electronically Filing a Transcript
Flowchart Regarding Transcript Redaction Policy
General Order Regarding Electronic Filing of Transcripts
Guidance for Court Reporters and Transcribers on the Electronic Availability of Transcripts in Case Management Electronic Case Files (CMECF) and Transcript Redaction Procedures
Important Notice to the Bar Re Transcript Redaction Requirements
Revised Transcript Redaction Procedures
Transcript Redaction Request
Viewing Transcripts in CMECF

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Policies & Procedures (Click to View)
Administrative Policies and Procedures for Electronic Filing in Civil & Criminal Cases
Advisory on Mandatory Use of CMECF
Civil Attorney Events List
CMECF Certificate of Non-Compliance Form
Criminal Attorney Events List
Filing of Documents in the Austin Division
General Order, In Re Procedural Rules for Electronic Filing in Civil and Criminal Cases
How to Access the Initial Presentence Report
Instructions for Accessing Electronic Record on Appeal
Local Rule CR-49
Local Rule CV-5
Online Credit Card Payment of Pro Hac Vice Fees
Order Regarding Electronic Filing Segment of CMECF
Order Regarding Policy to Refund Electronic Filing Fees

Privacy Policy

In accordance with the E-Government Act of 2002, and in order to promote electronic access to case files while also protecting personal privacy, rules providing protection for case file records took effect on December 1, 2007.

Parties should either exclude sensitive information in any documents filed with the court, or partially redact such sensitive information where inclusion is necessary and relevant to the case. All filers are encouraged to reference the Amended Privacy Policy and Public Access to Electronic Files, which details the rules of this court regarding redaction of personal identifiers.

Training

Training (Click to View)
Attorney User Manual
CMECF Attorney Presentation November 17, 2010
CMECF Best Practices Forum December 9, 2011
CMECF Version 5.1 Updates for Attorneys
Electronic Filing in U.S. District Court Tips for Effective Advocacy (Federal Bar Association Open Doors to Federal Court, July 25, 2008)
Finding CMECF Events
Opening a Civil Case and Filing a Complaint
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