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The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho as well as Probation and Pretrial announce operating with reduced staff.  For full details and pro se email filing links, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 


Anyone who is experiencing COVID like symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID within the last 14 days must report this to the Court Security Officers at the entrance to any courthouse. Masks are required of all visitors and must be worn at all times while in the courthouse, this includes in court. All staff are required to wear masks while in public spaces at the courthouse.
Boise
Current Stage: III
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: Max 50 People
Coeur d'Alene
Current Stage: III
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: Max 50 People
Pocatello
Current Stage: III
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: Max 50 People
United States District & Bankruptcy Courts
ECF Registration Process
ECF Overview

ECF Overview

Updated on Feb 19, 2021

Welcome.  The United States Courts for the District of Idaho permits registered participants to file documents with the Court over the Internet using the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF), hereafter referred to as Electronic Case Filing or ECF.

ECF is the electronic case filing system implemented in the Federal Judiciary for all District, Bankruptcy and Appellate Courts.  All active members in good standing with the Idaho State Bar and are in good standing in this Court, are required to register for an ECF account.

Electronic transmission of a document through the ECF System constitutes filing of the document for all purposes pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and the Local Rules of this court.

Step 1

Registration Process

Updated on Mar 30, 2021

 

Register for a PACER account and/or request e-filing access at the PACER Service Center.

  • Your PACER login/password is needed to look up information, review the docket, run reports, and to login to ECF to e-file documents.

 

PACER

  • The PACER Service Center is the Federal Judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records nationwide.
  • Anyone can apply for a PACER account.
  • How much does PACER cost? See PACER Website.
  • A "Client Code" may be entered when using PACER in order to itemize the charges. 

ECF Login

  • A Registered Participant is an attorney, or other authorized person who has a PACER Login and Password and who has successfully completed the registration process through PACER.
  • To access ECF, you must be logged into your PACER account.  Note: You will no longer have a separate ECF Login and Password.
  • Non-attorneys may apply for a limited access account for the purpose of filing proof of claim forms and other creditor related documents in the Bankruptcy Court.
  • Once you have logged into PACER, your login is the official and legal signature of the filing party pursuant to the Electronic Case Filing Procedures and District of Idaho Local Rules.
  • Ensure you have an individual and upgraded PACER account (not a shared firm account).
  • There is no cost to e-file documents except for the regular filing fees required by the Judicial Conference.

Logging Out of ECF or PACER

  • Always use the "Logout" button on the ECF menu bar to exit.
  • The ECF system allows several minutes of idle time before it will automatically log-off a user. Therefore, if you do not exit using the Logout option, you may be locked out of ECF.
  • If you receive a login error stating - "The account you entered is already logged in" - you may click the "Continue Login" button at the bottom of the screen to continue to log in. If you receive a security error, you have been locked out. Please wait 10-15 minutes before you try again at which time you may be successful logging on.

PACER Fee Exemptions

  • PACER fee exemptions are granted on a case by case basis. CJA and other court-appointed parties can apply for a separate PACER account for which the fees are exempt. To apply for an exemption, the party must fill out the PACER Exemption Form (below) after having received a Login and password from the PACER service center.  Email requests to Crystal Hall. Thereafter, the Chief Judges will consider the request and either grant or deny the request. If approved, the court will notify the PACER service center.   
Step 2

Getting Started

Updated on Mar 15, 2021

The United States Courts for the District of Idaho permits registered participants to file documents with the Court over the Internet using the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF), hereafter referred to as Electronic Case Filing or ECF.

The ECF system allows registered participants with a PACER account to perform the following functions:

  • Access the ECF system
  • Electronically file pleadings and documents in cases in the court's ECF database
  • View official docket sheets and documents associated with the case
  • Create and view various reports for cases that were filed electronically

Authorization for Electronic Filing

The District of Idaho's Electronic Case Filing Procedures authorize electronic filing in conjunction with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Civil/Criminal Procedure.

Filing Documents Electronically

Electronic transmission of a document through the ECF System constitutes filing of the document for all purposes pursuant to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, and the Local Rules of this court. This constitutes an entry of the document on the docket kept by the Clerk under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 58 and 79.1.

Upon the filing of a document, an entry is created on the court's docket by the filing party. The Clerk's Office will, where necessary and appropriate, modify the docket entry description to comply with the Court's quality control standards. A modification notation will be made in the docket text.

Filing deadlines are not altered by the use of electronic filing. An electronic document is considered timely if received by the court before midnight, Mountain Time, on the date set as a deadline, unless the judge specifically requires another time frame. If time of day is of the essence, the assigned judge will order the document filed by a time certain.

Parties can file documents electronically 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Step 3

Review ECF Rules and Procedures

Bankruptcy Local Rule 5003.1
Electronic Case Filing
ECF Procedures
Amended 6/27/2019 [increased the file size from 5 to 15 MB]
Amended 7/11/2019 [to reflect Word Perfect no longer accepted, only Word documents accepted]
Amended 4/9/2021 [multiple changes]

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