Case Management/
Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF)

The Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system is the Federal Judiciary's comprehensive case management system for all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts. CM/ECF allows courts to accept filings and provide access to filed documents over the Internet. CM/ECF keeps out-of-pocket expenses low, gives concurrent access to case files by multiple parties, and offers expanded search and reporting capabilities. The system also offers instantly updated dockets and immediate online access to new filings, which can be downloaded and printed directly from the court system.  Please click on the area of interest below for further details.

Login to CM/ECF

Register for aN ECF Filing Account

Attorneys admitted to the bar of this Court pursuant to LR Gen 201, and who wish to file documents in this Court, must complete the below Electronic Filing Registration Form prior to filing any documents electronically using the Court’s CM/ECF system.

ECF Registration Form

After your account is activated, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Court which will include your login and password credentials.  Filing Users are responsible to protect the security of their passwords and immediately notify the Clerk’s Office if their password has been compromised.  See LR Gen 304.

The length of time required to process your ECF registration will depend on the number of pending requests.  An attorney who needs to file a motion for emergency relief, and is unsure whether their registration request will be processed in time, should contact the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible to make special arrangements.   

To login to CM/ECF and file documents electronically, please visit http://ECF.RID.USCOURTS.GOV

Pro Se Litigants

Non-incarcerated pro se litigants who wish to file and receive documents electronically, must first:

Pro Se Motion to Obtain an ECF Login and Password

A confirmation e-mail, which will include login and password credentials for CM/ECF, will be sent only to those pro se litigants who have been allowed to file and receive documents electronically.

Register for a PACER Account

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service. A PACER account is required to view docket reports and electronically filed documents. If you have not previously done so, you may register for a PACER account by visiting To login to PACER, please visit: http://PACER.RID.USCOURTS.GOV

Forgotten Login/Password?

If you forgot your ECF login, you must call the ECF HelpDesk at (401) 752-7100; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  If you know your ECF login but forgot your ECF password, you can request a password reset by clicking the hyperlink below.

ECF Password Reset

If you forgot your PACER account login or password please visit the PACER Service Center by clicking the hyperlink below.

PACER Login/Password Reset


Local Rules Governing Electronic Case Filing (LR Gen 301 – LR Gen 313)

Training Resources

Filing Users are strongly encouraged to review the below local electronic learning modules (“ELMs”) before filing a document electronically in this Court and may attend an in person training session if desired.

Local Training Modules

National Training Modules
To schedule an in person training session, please contact either:
Paula Farrell Pletcher:
   Phone:   (401) 752-7207

Rana Smith:
   Phone:   (401) 752-7210

General Information & Resources


CM/ECF Help Desk
Contact the CM/ECF Help Desk if you have a general question related to electronic filing or need assistance with your ECF registration.
401-752-7100 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST)

PACER Service Center
Contact the PACER Service Center if you need technical assistance with your PACER account or you forgot your login or password.
800-676-6856 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST)

Case Manager/Courtroom Deputy
Contact the appropriate Case Manager and/or Courtroom Deputy if you have a case related question or need assistance correcting an error.
401-752-7200 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST)