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Frequently Asked Questions
What if I fail to appear for Jury Service?
Title 28 U.S.C. Section 1864 (b) states that persons who are summoned to appear for Federal Jury Service and fail to appear may then be ordered to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court for noncompliance with the court summons. Persons then failing to appear or to show cause for nonappearance may be fined not more than $1000.00 or imprisoned for not more than three days, or both.
While I serve jury duty, is my job protected?Your job is protected under Title 28 U.S.C.A. Section 1875, which reads, in part:a. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employees jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States.
b. Any employer who violates the provision of this section:
shall be liable for damages for any loss of wages or other benefits suffered by an employee by reason of such violation;
may be enjoined from further violation of this section and ordered to provide other appropriate relief, including but not limited to the reinstatement of any employee discharged by reason of his jury service; and
shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation as to each employee.
Are there procedural rules relating to electronic filing?
Rule 5(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 5005(a) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Rule 25(a) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Rule 49(d) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure authorize individual courts by local rule to permit or require papers to be filed by electronic means. Most courts that offer electronic filing have issued an authorizing local rule; most have supplemented the local rule with a general order and/or procedures that set forth the relevant procedures governing electronic filing in that court. Individual court rules and procedures are generally available on their Web sites. Rules 5(b) and 77 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules 25 and 26 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules 45 and 49 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Rules 7005, 9014 and 9022 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure also authorize service of documents by electronic means if parties consent. The amendments do not apply to service of process. For more information, click here. Individual court rules and procedures are generally available on their web sites.
Amendments to the Federal Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules of Procedure address issues relating to privacy and public access to electronic case files. The Rules require that filers redact certain "personal identifier" information, such as Social Security or taxpayer-identification numbers, dates of birth, names of minor children, financial account numbers, and in criminal cases, home addresses, from their filings. Fed. R. App. P. 25(a)(5); Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.2; Fed. R. Crim. P. 49.1; Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037. At login to CM/ECF, a message reminds attorneys of their responsibility to redact this private information from the documents they file. The most recent version of this reminder also requires attorneys to acknowledge that they have read the notice and complied with the redaction rules. Filers cannot complete the login process without checking the acknowledgement in this recent version.
How do I clear my Internet Browser?
Firefox: (Tools > Clear Recent History > Everything)Internet Exporer 7 and Above: (Tools > Delete Browsing History> Make sure Temporary Internet files)Opera: (Menu > Settings > Delete Private Data)Safari: ( Safari menu > Empty Cache > Empty)
I am having trouble with the Case Management Order Form, what do I need to do?
Read THIS information.
How do I log in to CMECF?
You can access CMECF through the District Court website, or by going to ecf.msnd.uscourts.gov. Click on the "Document Filing System" link and then enter your Northern District of Mississippi specific CMECF login and password. Practice Tip: When filing, the client code box should be left blank.
I am having issues wih popup blockers. What do I do?
In order to pay filing fees associated with pleadings filed in the Electronic Filing System, popup blockers must be temporarily disabled. If you have a popup blocker running, the following payment issues may occur:
- You filed a pleading that required a fee, but never received a popup window showing the amount due.
- You filed a pleading that required a fee and received a blank popup window after viewing the Notice of Electronic Filing.
- You attempted to pay your fees by clicking Utilities>Internet Payments Due, but received a blank screen that showed “done” in the lower left hand corner of the browser. Listed below are instructions for disabling the most common pop-up blocking programs.
To temporarily bypass the Popup Blocker
- Google Toolbar - Hold down the Ctrl key and then click on the “Internet Payments Due” link under Utilities.
- Yahoo Toolbar - Hold down the Ctrl key and then click on the “Internet Payments Due” link under Utilities.
- Windows XP (Internet Explorer) – Hold down the Ctrl key and then click on the “Internet Payments Due” link under Utilities.
Turn off Popup Blocker
- Google Toolbar - Click on the Google button>Options and uncheck Popup Blocker under accessories.
- Yahoo Toolbar - Click on the popup blocker button on the toolbar and uncheck Enable Popup Blocker.
- Windows XP - Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools>Popup Blocker>Turn off Popup Blocker.
Add certain web sites in the allow popup list
- Yahoo Toolbar - Click on the popup blocker button and select “always allow popups from…”
- Windows XP - Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools>Popup Blocker>Popup
- Blocker Settings. You may also click on the Popup Blocked message displayed near the top of the page and select “Always allow Popups from this site”
- Google Toolbar – Click on the popup blocker button. This will add the current web site to the allow popup list.