CM/ECF Training Information
The Court offers training to attorneys on our Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. This is the automated case management and electronic docketing system of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. CM/ECF provides an easy-to-use electronic case filing feature that allows attorneys to file and view court documents over the Internet. It also provides notice of electronic filing of documents by e-mail for registered attorneys.
The Clerk's Office provides several options for training on electronic filing, including demonstrations of the system, hands-on training sessions, computer based training modules on our web site, and assistance to trainers working in law firms and other organizations. The various training classes are open to attorneys, their support staff and trainers and are held in Boston, Springfield and Worcester at training facilities in our courthouses.
Hands-on training for attorneys and their support staff is offered in the divisional offices of Springfield and Worcester. Training sessions can be arranged upon request. A training session lasts approximately 90 minutes and provides attorneys and their staff the knowledge necessary to file pleadings which have been converted to Portable Document Format (pdf), and retrieve electronically filed documents. You must register in advance as class size is limited. A class will be held with a minimum of six students registered up to a maximum of nine in Springfield and Worcester.
To Sign Up For Training
Classes are scheduled about once a month. Here is a list of the upcoming dates in Boston. All classes begin at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
You may register on line by clicking here to complete the registration form.
Contact Ginny Hurley by phone at 617-748-9166 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for classes in Boston, which will be held at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.
Contact Ginny Hurley by phone at 617-748-9166 or by e-mail email@example.com for classes in Worcester, which will be held at the courthouse at 595 Main Street.
Contact Bethaney Healy by phone at 413-785-6802 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for classes in Springfield, which will be held at the courthouse at 300 State Street.
Trainers' CornerThe Clerk's Office will work with individuals from law firms and organizations who will be responsible for training their own staff on the use of CM/ECF. Call Ginny Hurley at 617-748-9166 for information and/or assistance.
What if....? Answers for some commonly asked questions
Sample PDF documents
On-Line TutorialIf you would like to try out CM/ECF through the on-line tutorial program click here or go to the PACER Service Center home page at www.pacer.psc.uscourts.gov for access to CM/ECF information.
Training Manual and Other Documentation
Our User Guide/Training Manual , a document on filing new civil actions , the education materials distributed at the recent seminars in Boston Springfield and Worcester, a list of menu items and a recent notice on redacted documents are available.