Electronic Case Filing (ECF)

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Policies & Procedures

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5(d) authorizes the federal district courts to establish practices and procedures for the filing, signing, and verification of documents by electronic means. CM/ECF is an Internet-based document filing system which is user-friendly and offers many benefits to the public, attorneys, and the court. By using this system, entries are immediately placed on the docket. Registrants have internet access to the docket and most of the court file at relatively low cost. Electronic filing has been mandatory in the Southern District of Iowa since 2005.

ECF Procedures Manual
Attorney Users Guide
Documents Filed Under Seal without Leave of Court
Nature of Suit Codes
Cause of Action Codes
Restriction Levels on Specific Events


For assistance, contact the ECF help desk at 515-284-6388 Monday thru Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


CM/ECF: The Attorney's Perspective - For those new to CM/ECF
Computer Based Training Modules
ECF Tips and Tricks
System Requirements
Filing Documents using PDF-A Format
Multi-defendant Criminal Case - How to select your defendant
Southern District of Iowa Counties Map