ECF Notice for Cases of Interest

Appellate CM/ECF allows any registered user to request notice of filings made in any case. In order to request notice in cases of interest, the following items are required:

PC computer with Java 8 or higher installed (Java Version Test)
PACER account
4th Circuit CM/ECF User Account

NOTE: With the exception of Court orders and opinions, electronic documents filed in immigration cases and social security cases cannot be accessed by members of the public via PACER. You may request notice of activity in social security and immigration cases, but you will only be able to view Court orders, opinions and judgments.

Once you have a PACER account and a CM/ECF account with the Fourth Circuit, follow the steps below to sign up for notice in a case or cases.

  • Log into CM/ECF

    1. Go to
    2. Enter your CM/ECF Login and Password.
    3. Click Login.

    4. A black warning screen will appear while Java loads the CM/ECF application. This window must remain open while you use CM/ECF. If you do not have Java 1.6 or higher loaded, your computer will not advance to the Start Up Page.

    5. You may receive a security warning after logging in. If you do, click the “Always trust this publisher” box, then click Run.
    6. The Startup Page will launch on your screen.
  • Adding a Case to Your Notice List

    1. Select Utilities from the menu bar.
    2. Select Notice for Cases of Interest.

    Add case

    3. The Notice for Cases of Interest screen will appear.

    4. Enter the e-mail address or select an on-file e-mail address from the drop down menu where you want notices delivered. Only one email address may be selected for notice in cases of interest.
    5. Enter the appellate case number of the case you are interested in.
    6. Click Search & Add.
    7. The case number and title will appear in the Cases of Interest Selected box.
    8. Click Update.


    9.  Click OK to confirm update
    10. Add any other case numbers you wish to receive notice of by following steps 5 through 9 for each case.
    11. Click Done after adding all cases of interest.
  • Removing a Case From Your Notice List

    1. Select Utilities from the menu bar.
    2. Select Notice for Cases of Interest.
    3. Left-click the case number and title of the case you wish to remove.
    4. Click Remove.

    5. Click Yes to confirm removal of the selected case.

    6. Click Update.
    7. Click OK to confirm update.

    8. Repeat steps 3 through 6 for all cases you wish to remove from your notice list.
    9. Click Done.