Common ECF Events with Definitions

Appearance of counsel (Local Rule 46(c))

APPENDIX (electronic & paper form)

BRIEF (all formal, non-sealed briefs/electronic & paper form)

  • Select this entry for all formal briefs.  Within the entry you will select the type of brief you are filing; opening, response, reply, opening & response, response & reply, supplemental opening, or supplemental response.  See Brief and Appendix Requirements for detailed information on formal brief contents and format.

Certificate of confidentiality

Disclosure of corporate affiliations (LR 26.1)

  • All parties to a civil or bankruptcy case and all corporate defendants in a criminal case (excluding the United States, indigent parties, and state or local governments in pro se cases) must file the Disclosure of Corporate Affiliations Statement within 14-days of case initiation.

Docketing statement (civil/agency)

Docketing statement (criminal)

Docketing statement objection/correction (Local Rule 3(b))

MOTION

  • Select this entry when filing any non-sealed motion.  Within the entry you will choose a “relief” to specify the type of motion.  If the motion contains sealed material, file a redacted version using the Motion entry and the sealed version using the SEALED DOCUMENT entry and Certificate of confidentiality entry.


  • Common Motion Reliefs

    Relief

    Use

    Approve/authorize

    Use when seeking approval for CJA funds for travel, translators, copy shops, etc.

    Extend filing time

    Use when seeking an extension of time to file a document.

    Dismiss appeal

    Use when asking the court to dismiss the appeal.  If the motion is also asking to stay/suspend the briefing shedule, also select the relief “Suspend.”  Do not use when the appellant/petitioner is seeking to have the appeal dismissed pursuant to FRAP 42(b).

    Dismiss appeal pursuant to FRAP 42(b)

    Use when the appellant/petitioner agrees to dismiss the appeal.

    Suspend

    Use when seeking suspension of a briefing schedule.

    Withdraw

    Do not use when counsel is seeking to withdraw or be relieved as counsel of record.

    Withdraw/relieve/substitute

    Use when counsel is seeking to withdraw or be relieved as counsel of record.

Notice that no brief will be filed

  • Select this entry to inform the court that a brief will not be filed by a party to the case.  Do not use Letter or Notice re: to file notice that a brief will not be filed.

Oral argument acknowledgment

  • Any attorney arguing, as well as any attorney appearing on behalf of a separately represented co-defendant in a consolidated criminal case, must file the Oral Argument Acknowledgment form within five days of service of the Oral Argument Notification.

Petition for rehearing by panel (FRAP 40, Local Rule 40(a)-(c))

  • Select this entry if you are filing a petition seeking rehearing by the panel only

Petition for rehearing en banc (FRAP 35),

  • Select this entry if you are filing a petition seeking rehearing by the en banc court only.

Petition for rehearing with petition for rehearing en banc

  • Select this entry if you are filing a petition seeking rehearing by the panel OR the en banc court.

REPLY

RESPONSE/ANSWER (to motion or request)

SEALED APPENDIX (electronic & paper form)

SEALED BRIEF (all formal, sealed briefs/electronic & paper form)

SEALED DOCUMENT

Supplemental authorities (FRAP 28(j))

  • Select this entry when notifying the court of additional authorities pursuant to FRAP 28(j).  Do not use Letter or Notice re: to file Supplemental Authorities.

Supplemental authorities response

Transcript order form