E | SPECIAL FILING REQUIREMENTS AND EXCEPTIONS
1. The following documents are allowed to be filed in paper form and will, as applicable, be filed in CM/ECF by the clerk’s office:
a. All pleadings and documents filed by pro se litigants who are not registered users in the CM/ECF system as provided in these procedures;
b. Sealed cases and all pleadings filed while the case remains under seal;
c. The charging document(s) in a criminal case, such as the complaint, indictment, information, criminal data sheet, Summons, or Warrant;
d. Initiating documents in a Miscellaneous case;
e. Affidavits for search and arrest warrants and related papers;
f. Documents in criminal cases which require the signature of a non-attorney, such as a grand jury foreperson, or a third-party custodian;
2. Payment of filing fee. The proper filing fee or “Application to Proceed without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit” must accompany the initiating case documents. When submitted electronically, appropriate filing fees must be paid through CM/ECF via Pay.gov concurrent with filing the documents in CM/ECF.
3. Allowable non electronic filing methods. United States mail, similar means, or delivered in person to the clerk’s office.
4. Litigants without CM/ECF filing access. Documents may be submitted for electronic filing through the court’s website by completing the national emergency webform.
a. A proposed summons may be filed electronically with the case initiating documents, filed electronically to the appropriate civil action, or submitted in paper form to the clerk’s office for issuance. The party requesting the summons must complete the top portion of the summons form and, if submitting the summons via United States mail, should also submit a self- addressed, stamped return envelope.
b. The clerk’s office will issue proposed summons received electronically through CM/ECF by affixing an electronic seal and filing the issued summons to CM/ECF. No paper summons will be mailed.
c. The clerk’s office will manually issue proposed summons received in paper, file to CM/ECF, and return the original paper summons with raised court seal affixed to the requesting party.
6. Pro Se Litigation.
a. Pro se filers, unless authorized to file electronically by the judge assigned as provided in these procedures, will file paper originals of all complaints, pleadings, motions, affidavits, briefs, and other documents.
b. The clerk’s office will scan these original documents and file to the appropriate case in CM/ECF.
7. Attachments and exhibits larger than fifty (50) megabytes should be filed electronically in separate fifty (50) megabyte segments.
US District Court - Middle District of Florida | CM/ECF Administrative Procedures
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