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Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF)

The Middle District of Florida uses Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) for e-filing, managing case files, and providing lawyers easy access to court rulings and case files.  When e-filing, lawyers should take care to know the privacy standards in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 49.1, and Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9037.  Lawyers seeking membership and e-filing access for the first time, must visit the court's Admissions page for membership details and e-file registration information.

Effective November 7, 2022, lawyers are required to use CM/ECF to file a sealed document. Review the procedures below to learn more.

Note that lawyers cannot file a new sealed case or any filing in an existing sealed case in CM/ECF (e.g., qui tam cases). However, lawyers can electrically submit a new sealed complaint or a filing in an existing sealed case to the Clerk’s Office using the Web Portal.


Absent a judge's permission, a pro se litigant is not permitted to file documents on CM/ECF. Instead, pro se litigants may submit filings to the Clerk's office in paper format by mail or hand-delivery or electronically through the Electronic Document Submission Portal. Pro se litigants may access dockets and filings by visiting any of the clerk's offices or obtaining a PACER Case Search Only Account. Recent opinions can be viewed here. Pro se litigants who have been granted e-filing access in their case can refer to Non-Attorney E-File Registration for details on how to register.