The United States District Court
District of Colorado

Hon. Philip A. Brimmer, Chief Judge
Jeffrey P. Colwell Esq., Clerk of Court

Our mission is to serve the public by providing a fair and impartial forum that ensures equal access to justice in accordance with the rule of law, protects rights and liberties of all persons, and resolves cases in a timely and efficient manner.

Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF)

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The United States District Court, District of Colorado welcomes you to electronic case filing. Electronic case filing has two components, an electronic document filing component known as Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF), and an electronic document viewing component known as Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Both components may be accessed from the same login screen. Using CM/ECF for electronic filing has been mandatory in our court for civil cases since June 20, 2005 and for criminal cases since December 5, 2005. CM/ECF allows registered users to file electronically and receive email notice of filed documents. With exceptions for periodic maintenance, CM/ECF is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PACER allows registered users access to case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.

To view electronic documents, a user must register and receive a login from the PACER Service Center. To file documents electronically using CM/ECF, a registered PACER user must also register with the court as a CM/ECF user. A PACER user does not have to register as an CM/ECF user to take advantage of conveniently viewing documents electronically, but will not be able to electronically file with a PACER login.

Please note that the District of Colorado's U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court require separate CM/ECF logins. A CM/ECF login and password for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will not work in the U.S. District Court.

Use the Electronic Document System
Electronic Case Files - Document Filing
PACER Document Viewing
Training Information and Documentation
Required Reading for Electronic Case Filers (PDF)
CM/ECF Training Info. and Registration Forms (PDF)
  • Attorney Form
  • Unrepresented Party Form (PDF)

  • Attorney Training Audio (MP4)
       (Length 01:05:58)
    Attorney Training Packet (PDF)

    Unrepresented Party Training Audio (MP4)
       (Length 01:15:36)
    Unrepresented Party Training Packet (PDF)

    Important Documents
    Electronic Case Files User Manual (Version 6.1)
    Electronic Case Filing Procedures (Civil Version 6.1)
    Electronic Case Filing Procedures (Criminal Version 6.1)
    CM/ECF User Support
    CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions
    CM/ECF Tips and Tricks
    Colo Release 6.0 and 6.1 Guide for External Filers
       Appeals Info
    User Guide - Filing a Notice of Appeal and
    User Guide - Creating an Appendix
       Attorney Case Opening/Notices of Removal Info
    User Guide - Attorney Civil Case Opening
    User Guide - Filing a Corporate Disclosure Statement and Adding the Corporate Parent(s)
    Suggested procedural filing guideline for filing a Notice of Removal and state court documents
       Restricted Document Info
    CM/ECF Version 5.x and Restricted Documents - PowerPoint presentation material (November 2011)
    CM/ECF Attorney Access Instructions for Restricted Documents
       Transcript Info
    Notice of Electronic Availability and Redaction of Transcripts
    Guide to Transcript Redaction

    Archived CM/ECF Electronic Documents