Getting Started


Hardware and Software Requirements
Last Updated: May 26, 2005

  • A personal computer.  Minimum system requirements:

    Pentium Processor
    16 MB of RAM (24MB for Windows NT; 32MB if scanning documents)
    40 MB of available hard disk space
    Windows 3.1 or above


    A Macintosh.  Minimum system requirements:

    68020 processor or Power Macintosh
    16 MB of RAM
    40 MB of available hard disk space
    Apple System Software version 7.1.2 or later

  • Internet access.  If it is by modem, it operates at 56 kps or faster.  High speed Internet access is recommended, but NOT required (i.e., cable, DSL, etc.).

  • An Internet Service Provider using point to point protocol (PPP). America On Line is not endorsed for use with ECF.  It is recommended that the provider is capable of a minimum connection speed of 56 kps.

  • Netscape Navigator version 4.6x or 4.7x (Netscape 6 is not yet authorized).


  • Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher

  • Software to convert documents from a word processor format to portable document format (PDF).  Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer/Distiller, as well as certain word processing programs can perform this function.  For viewing documents, not authoring them, only Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed. Click on the link for a free download.

  • A PDF-compatible word-processing program, such as WordPerfect or Word.

  • A scanner to transmit documents that are not in your word processing system. (the Court recommends a scanner with a document feeder as opposed to a flat-bed or single-sheet scanner)





How to Register


How to Register
Last Updated: May 26, 2005


Training classes for attorneys and their staff will be held at the Court's divisional offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Durham.  Please complete the registration form below:

If you are a registered ECF user in another District, you DO NOT have to attend Training. Please fill out the Registration Form and mail it to the court. Please indicate on the form the districts in which you are registered. The attorney must sign the Registration Form. Upon receipt of your form, we will e-mail you a training database login and password and a short assignment. Upon completion of the assignment, we will check your entries and assign you a login and password to our live database.

Attorneys attending a training class should fill out the Registration Form and mail it to the court before the date of the class. Also before attending the class, please review the Technology Requirements for using CM/ECF and our Administrative Guide for ECF.

Each attendee MUST be registered individually.

PLEASE make certain of the date you wish to attend. Changing classes after Registration involves calling Amanda Waite or Matt Brittain at the court and re-registering for a new class, which will be subject to availability.

Limited Use Participants

Currently the Court is not issuing logins for "Limited Use Participants" such as creditors.

NOTE:  Use of the CM/ECF system is limited to authorized users. As indicated in the Attorney/Participant Registration Form signed by all registered users, the combination of an authorized password and user identification constitutes the participant's "signature" of any documents that are submitted electronically through the CM/ECF system. Passwords should not be shared with unauthorized users, as only the authorized attorney/participant will be deemed to have signed the pleading for purposes of Fed. R. Bankr. Pro. 9011. If there is any reason to suspect that your password has been compromised in any way, it is your responsibility to immediately notify the Court so that the password can be changed.  






How to Use this Manual


How to Use this Manual
Last Updated: May 26, 2005

This manual is a resource and reference tool for electronic case filers and the clerk's office. It includes filing requirements and step-by-step instructions for filing documents electronically.

Important Note: Although filing requirements and references to the Bankruptcy Code and/or Rules may be provided for some topics, this manual should not be relied upon exclusively by the user. The actual Bankruptcy Code and/or Rules should still be consulted.

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