Hardware & Software

Hardware and Software Information

Filing documents into CM/ECF electronic filing systems requires the following hardware and software:

  • A personal computer running a standard platform such as Windows or Mac OS X.
  • A PDF-compatible word processor like Corel WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.
  • Internet service. A broadband connection (DSL or Cable Modem) is recommended.
  • Browsers Supported:
    • Internet Explorer 8 & 9
    • Mozilla Firefox 15.x - 41.x
    • Safari 5.1 & 6.x
    • **Please note that Internet Explorer 10, 11 and Google Chrome browsers are NOT COMPATIBLE WITH CMECF**
  • Software to convert documents from a word processor format to portable document format (PDF). Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional, Version 9.x or higher, is recommended.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available for free, is needed for viewing PDF documents.
  • A scanner may be necessary to create electronic images of documents that are not in your word processing system. PLEASE NOTE: Documents created with a word processing program such as WordPerfect or Microsoft Word should be converted/published to PDF via the application – Rather than printed and scanned. Using a scanner creates much larger PDF files, and the resulting PDF files are usually not text-searchable. Scanning documents is only appropriate for creating PDF files from images or copies of documents. When scanning is necessary, the most appropriate resolution for text documents is 300 dpi (dots per inch), Black & White.

Document Format

The CM/ECF system is designed to accept only documents in Portable Document Format (PDF). This format was chosen because it allows a document to retain its pagination, formatting and fonts no matter what type of computer is used to view or print the document. It is also an open standard format. Adobe developed the format, and offers software that allows conversion of documents created in most word processing systems into PDF. This software is recommended. Several word processing programs also contain features that convert documents created in those programs into PDF. In the near future, the Courts will be migrating to a document format of PDF/A. You can see the announcement from the Clerk of Court Here. What is PDF/A Format?

WARNING: All documents filed in CM/ECF must be less than 50 Megabytes (50MB) in size!