Common ECF Events with Definitions



Appearance of counsel (Local Rule 46(c))

APPENDIX (electronic & paper form)

  • Select this entry for filing the appendix in cases with a formal briefing schedule. See the Electronic Appendix Instructions for detailed information on creating and filing an appendix. See Brief and Appendix Requirements for detailed information on formal appendix contents and format.

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  (court access) (electronic & paper form)

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

SEALED DOCUMENT  (court access)

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