Practical Law Feature Article: System Down! What To Do When CM/ECF Fails

February 14, 2014

Practical Law logo newWhen a court’s case management/electronic case filing (CM/ECF) system malfunctions, the risk of missing a filing deadline increases, panic strikes and immediate action is required.

Attorneys across the country have recently confronted this scenario due to system outages in several courts, including a handful of the US courts of appeals and the US District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and the District of Connecticut. These types of technical failures may render the clerk’s office inaccessible under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6(a)(3).

The Feature Article, provides tips on how to proactively avoid the stress and panic caused by the possibility of a missed filing deadline due to a system malfunction. The Feature also links to several Practical Law resources to help attorneys prepare for the possibility of a CM/ECF failure.

Read the full article from Practical Law.