Electronic Submission of Bar Applications, Case-Initiating Documents & Credit Card PaymentsBack
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals accepts credit card payments for fees due to the court. The Court continues to accept payments by check or cash. The Court also accepts case-initiating documents and bar applications and any associated fees electronically. Filers remain responsible for service of case-initiating documents. Users must have an appellate ECF account with the Fourth Circuit to submit documents and pay fees electronically. Please see Required Steps for Registration as an ECF Filer for information on obtaining an account.
Instructional videos, each under five minutes long, and PDF transcripts of the videos are available below. Please contact the Fourth Circuit ECF Helpdesk at 804-916-2767 if you have any questions or need assistance completing a transaction.
Submission of Bar Application
The Application for Admission to Practice may be submitted electronically or mailed to the clerk's office. To submit an application electronically, counsel must register for an ECF account. Current members of the bar cannot utilize their ECF account to submit an application on behalf of another attorney. Applications for Admission must be submitted using the ECF account of the individual seeking admission.
Non-bar ECF accounts are activated with limited functionality. Non-bar members may submit an Application for Admission to Practice through the CM/ECF utilities menu but do not have access to case document filing. Once a user is admitted to the bar, the File a Document menu option will be made available on the ECF menu. Counsel will be notified once they have been admitted and case document filing has been activated for their account.
Submission of Case-Initiating Documents
Counsel may submit electronically case-initiating documents for petitions for review, petitions for enforcement of an agency order, petitions for writ of mandamus, petitions for permission to appeal and motions for authorization to file a successive section 2254 or 2255 petition. If a fee is required, it may be paid by credit card when the documents are submitted.
If your submission is an emergency matter or you are seeking immediate relief, please contact the clerk's office at 804-916-2700 so your matter can be handled expeditiously.
Credit Card Payment of Fees
Appellate ECF account holders may submit requests and pay the associated fee for certificates of good standing, duplicate admission certificates, certification of documents, oral argument CD, copies of published opinions, published opinion subscription, record retrieval and copies of case documents.
Docketing fees for cases that have already been assigned a Fourth Circuit case number may also be paid by credit card.