After a document is electronically filed, CM/ECF sends a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) to the registered users associated with the case. Individuals who receive electronic notification of the filing are permitted one free look at the document by clicking on the associated hyperlinked document number embedded in the Notice of Electronic Filing. The filer is permitted one free look at the document and the Docket Sheet to verify that the document was properly docketed. Subsequent retrieval of the case docket sheet and document from CM/ECF must be made through your PACER account and is subject to regular PACER fees. Please note that you can save the free look as a PDF.
However, if when you first attempt to access the document you do not receive the free look, make sure none of the following conditions apply to you:
- Others who may access the one free look are viewing your emails.
- The Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) email is being forwarded from your email account to another.
- More than 15 days have passed since the date of the NEF.
Note: The “free look” is available for 15 days from the date of the NEF. After 15 days it will be disabled.