What is CM/ECF? How does it work? What does it cost?

Last updated: March 2012


Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) is the automated case management and electronic docketing system for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. CM/ECF provides an easy-to-use electronic case filing feature that makes life easier for you by allowing you to file and view court documents over the internet.


How does it benefit you?

CM/ECF will allow users to file and view documents from their office, home or anywhere they have access to the Internet, 24 hours a day. Documents are automatically docketed as part of the filing process and are immediately available electronically. CM/ECF also provides the following benefits:



How Does It Work

The electronic case filing system accepts documents in a portable document format (PDF).  PDF retains the way a document looks when viewing it across different platforms, so the pages, fonts and other formatting are preserved.  Filing a document with the court’s CM/ECF system is quite easy:


What Does it Cost?

There are no added fees for filing documents over the Internet using CM/ECF; existing document filing fees still apply. Electronic access to court data is available through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) program. You receive one free copy of documents filed electronically in your cases, when you receive electronic notice. Additional copies are available for viewing or downloading. Visit the PACER web site to register and for updates on their fees and billing information.

Electronic filing is mandatory in the US Bankruptcy Court for Maryland, as described in Administrative Order 11-03.