To file documents using the appellate CM/ECF system, users must have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) software installed on their computer. The current version of Java 8 is most compatible with legacy CM/ECF and Windows 10 users must have Java 8 Update 51 or newer installed. For security purposes, the court recommends that all users keep their Java software up-to-date as new versions are released.
If you do not have Java installed or you need to upgrade your current version, go to www.java.com to download the latest version for free (Windows users who run 32-bit and 64-bit browsers interchangeably will need to install both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Java).
Due to lack of support for cross platform plug-ins, such as Java, the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers are not compatible with the legacy appellate CM/ECF system. Additionally, when Mozilla released Firefox 52 in March 2017, this update to the browser dropped support of the Java plug-in. As a result, filers who wish to continue using Firefox to file in legacy CM/ECF now have two options: 1) Log in with Firefox using the Java Web Start link above (View Java Web Start Instructions); or 2) Install the Firefox Extended Release Edition browser and log in using the Java Applet link above (Download Firefox ESR). As an alternative, Firefox users may consider switching to Internet Explorer or Safari for purposes of filing.
All filers must redact: Social Security or taxpayer-identification numbers; dates of birth; names of minor children; financial account numbers; and, in criminal cases, home addresses, in compliance with Fed. R. App. P. 25(a)(5), Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.2 or Fed. R. Crim. P. 49.1 or Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037. This requirement applies to all documents, including attachments.
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If you need help, please call our ECF Help Desk at (202) 216-7259.
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