The United States District Court for the District of Colorado provides training in the use of the Electronic Case Files (ECF) system to all interested attorneys and law firm staff. The court encourages attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, legal assistants, and systems staff to complete one of the training options provided. Due to class size limitations for classroom instruction, we request that either an attorney or staff member attend but not both.
The court will permit attorneys to file documents electronically over the Internet in civil cases beginning June 20, 2005, and in criminal cases beginning December 5, 2005. Absent a showing of exceptional circumstances, the Court will require attorneys to take advantage of the benefits of this new service. The benefits include: e-mail noticing of all filings, 24 hour access to file or view documents; real-time access to docket sheets and to the documents themselves; and reduction in overhead costs such as courier, noticing, photocopying, and postage.
The training program provides attorneys and their staff with the knowledge necessary to use the electronic filing system. Topics include:
- How to prepare documents for electronic filing
- How to file electronically to ECF
- How to retrieve electronically filed documents
- How to change your noticing options
- What to do if you have difficulties filing electronically
- Overview of ECF procedures including document retention, service, electronic signatures, and system requirements
The clerk’s office will provide a variety of options for initial training in ECF.
Training conducted by court employees will be offered in Room A142 on the 1st Floor of the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse in Denver. The class is scheduled for two hours. Attorneys and staff interested in classroom instruction should register online for a class as soon as possible. Seating is limited.
The District Court for the District of Colorado recommends attorneys and their staff registers and attends classroom training offered by the court as the material presented is specific to the court and provides classroom interaction. However, On-line training is available to present a generalized view of the filing processes. The on-line modules are Electronic Learning Modules (ELMs) focused on the mechanics of the e-filing procedure. Each court may have other functionality built in their events and their ECF Procedures and local rules impact other aspects of e-filing.
The generalized ELMs are:
- Filing a Complaint
- Filing a Response
- Filing an Answer
- Filing a Motion to Compel
The above on-line ELMs are a great way to get introduced to the e-filing process for federal court. However, it is important you access the Local Rules, ECF Procedures, Judicial Officer’s Bench Practices, and any other documents from the specific court site to ensure you are getting information needed to file in the court.
Completion of ECF training or experience in a different federal district or bankruptcy court may be substituted for the training listed above as long as the attorney has read and understands the ECF Procedures for the District of Colorado and the ECF User’s Manual. Training on the State of Colorado’s electronic filing system will not prepare you for the Federal Court ECF system.
An ECF User's Manual is available to assist you when filing.
Attorneys must complete the account registration process prior to training. Questions about training in the District of Colorado should be directed to the Court’s ECF Help Desk at 303-335-2050 or 1-866-365-6381 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.