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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I save my "One Free Look" ?

    As you know, active CM/ECF participants receive an e-mail notification of all activity in each of their cases. The e-mail notification contains the "one free look" document promised as part of the CM/ECF program. Active CM/ECF participants are currently receiving those e-mails, and viewing those documents. It is advantageous for the recipient to save that document for viewing later without incurring the eight cents per page charge. These instructions will begin at the point where you are viewing the e-mail message containing the attached PDF document.


    Important Note:

    To be able to save the PDF document as described below, make sure that the Adobe program is opening in your Web browser, not as a separate window.

    1. Click on the link to the document found within the e-mail.
    2. Once the document has opened in Adobe, click the disk symbol to save it to your computer's hard drive or to a portable drive.
  • Who may view documents on CMECF?

    Subject to court orders in individual cases, policy, or other individual court limitations, the public may view dockets and documents in CMECF systems through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) program. Logins are available to the public at the PACER registration page. As directed by Congress, the judiciary's electronic public access program is funded entirely through user fees set by the Judicial Conference of the United States. Information is currently available at a rate of ten cents ($.10) per page, with a maximum cost per document calculated to be the equivalent of a 30-page document ($3.00). Transcripts of court proceedings and docket sheets are not subject to the fee limit. Copies of court opinions, as designated by the authoring judge, are available at no charge.

  • How do I determine the proper division jurisdiction for my case?

    The divisions of court and corresponding counties and codes established to identify divisional venue are as follows:

    Aberdeen ( Alcorn, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Webster and Winston)

    Oxford (Benton, Calhoun, DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union, and Yalobusha)

    Greenville (Attala, Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, and Washington)

  • What hardware and software are needed to file documents in CMECF?
    • Filers will need the following hardware and software to file documents in the CM/ECF electronic filing system: 

    • A personal computer running a standard platform such as Windows or Mac OS X.

    • A PDF-compatible word processor like Macintosh or Windows-based versions of Corel WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.

    • Internet service.

    • Firefox 3.5, 4, or Internet Explorer 8. (If using a Macintosh computer, please download and install Firefox, as Safari is not a supported browser)

    • Software to convert documents from word processor format to portable document format (PDF). Corel WordPerfect and Microsoft Word can convert documents to PDF, or an additional product such as Adobe Acrobat can be used.

    • Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available for free, is needed for viewing PDF documents.  Adobe Acrobat 8 or better is recommended for filling out electronic forms available from our website.

    • A scanner may be necessary to create PDF images of documents that you wish to file using CMECF.

  • 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)
  • How do I log in to CMECF?

    You can access CMECF through the District Court website, or by going to  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.