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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • How do I redact text within a PDF document?

    Please click here for more instructions.

  • How do I submit items to the Judges Chambers?

    Check HERE to find contact information for our Judge's Chambers

  • Can I get proof of my jury service?

    After reporting for service, a certificate of attendance will be given to you upon request. This can be given to employers as proof of your service.

  • Do documents that will be filed on CMECF systems need to be in a particular format?

    CMECF systems are designed to accept only documents in PDF format. This format was chosen because it allows a document to retain its pagination, formatting, and fonts no matter what type of computer is used to view or print the document. It is also an open standard format. Adobe developed the format, and offers software that allows conversion of documents created in most word processing systems into PDF.  Several word processing and other programs contain features that convert documents created in those programs into PDF. (To improve security and archiving capabilities, plans are underway to require that all filers use the new PDF/A format.) Currently, the size limitation is 32 mb per document, However, it is recommended to break documents larger than 20 mb down into 10 -15 mb parts if you are having trouble uploading them.

  • 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:
    1. shall be liable for damages for any loss of wages or other benefits suffered by an employee by reason of such violation;
    2. 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
    3. shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation as to each employee.

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