Office of the Clerk of Court
Electronic Case Filing (ECF)
ECF Requirements
Please see the the ECF Attorney User's Manual for additional information.


 Hardware/Software Requirements
 PACER Registration
 Registering for Access to ECF

Hardware/Software Requirements
The hardware and software needed to electronically file, view and retrieve case documents via the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system are the following:
  • A personal computer running a standard operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Macintosh with a 17-inch monitor.
  • An Internet service provider and Web browser. The installed version of ECF is compatible with Netscape Navigator version 4.0 or higher and/or Internet Explorer version 5.5 and at least a 56k modem.
  • Adobe Acrobat software to convert documents from a word processing format to Portable Document Format (PDF).
  • A scanner to convert paper documents to digital format for electronic transfer to the court (diskette) or to enter electronicslly into ECF. Use a scanner only if you cannot electronically prepare your documents.


PACER Registration
ECF users must have a PACER account with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in order to use the Query and Report features of the ECF system. If you do not have a PACER login, contact the PACER Service Center to establish an account. You may call the PACER Service Center toll free at 1-800-676-6856 for information or to register for an account. You may also register for PACER on-line by visiting their Web site http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov.


Registering for Access to ECF
Attorneys who require access to ECF must contact the District Court to obtain a registration form. A copy of the registration form is included as an attachment to the ECF Attorney User's Manual. Applicants should return the completed registration form to the following address for processing:
Clerk's Office
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Courthouse
601 Market Street, Room 2609
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1797
After processing the properly completed registration form, the Clerk's Office will open a User Account and contact you to convey your ECF system login and password.