FOURTH CIRCUIT CM/ECF IMPLEMENTATION
Electronic Case Files
| Mandatory Electronic Filing by Counsel June 1, 2008: The Court has adopted Administrative Order 08-01
implementing the Appellate Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF). Counsel may file
documents electronically with the Court as of April 1, 2008. Beginning June 1, 2008, attorneys are required to file
documents electronically in all cases. Appendices, vouchers, and case-initiating documents (petitions for review,
mandamus, permission to appeal) are excepted from electronic filing and are to be filed in paper format. Formal
briefs must be filed in both electronic and paper format. CM/ECF enables attorneys to file documents from their
office or home 24 hours a day and provides round-the-clock access to filed documents via the Internet, with the
ability to download and print directly from the docket. CM/ECF will electronically serve documents filed by
counsel and automatically notify counsel via email of any case activity. For additional information on CM/ECF, visit
| Hardware and Software Requirements: The following hardware and software are needed for CM/ECF:
> Personal computer running Windows or 64-bit Apple Macintosh with operating system OS 10.5 or higher.
Instructions for launching Appellate CM/ECF on a Macintosh are available at
> Word processing software such as WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.
> Internet service provider and web browser. CM/ECF has been certified to work with Firefox version 3 and
Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7.
> Email account that is regularly monitored (more than one email address can be registered).
> Adobe Acrobat software or some other compatible software to convert documents to PDF format.
> Scanner if paper docume