ECF Filings FAQs

The Clerk's Office is fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated staff. While we encourage you to call us if you have questions, we hope you will first take the time to research your inquiry using the various sections of this web site. To expedite your research this section provides answers to those frequently asked questions about the court and its procedures. We hope you find them helpful and informative.

  • May I move for the pro hac vice admission of multiple attorneys in one filing?
    No. You must submit a separate motion for each attorney whose admission is sought pro hac vice.
  • My application to the bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire is pending. May I register for ECF and file documents?
    If your application to be admitted to the bar of this court has been approved and you are waiting to be sworn-in, you may register for an ECF login and password and file documents. When completing the ECF on-line registration form, note “pending” in the bar number field. For questions about the status of your bar application, please contact the bar admissions clerk.
  • May I combine a motion and an objection in one document and file it as one event?
    No. They need to be filed separately in ECF. However, if your memorandum of law and supporting documentation relate to both an objection and a motion, you may file the memorandum of law and supporting documentation as a separate document (after submitting the objection and motion individually) using the event Memorandum to Motion and/or Objection. The memorandum of law would be your main attachment and you would link the entry to both your objection and your motion.
  • How do I file a multi-part motion?
    Local Rule 7.1(a) provides that filers must not combine multiple motions seeking separate and distinct relief into a single filing. Separate motions must be filed.
  • I am having trouble with ECF. May I file my document(s) in paper?
    Absent a “technical failure” of ECF, all documents submitted for filing by an attorney admitted to practice in this district, including counsel admitted pro hac vice, shall be electronically filed in PDF format using ECF. For information on limited exceptions to this rule, see AP 2.1.
  • I attached the wrong document to my filing. What should I do?
    Contact the judge’s case manager (or ECF Help Desk is the case manager is not available) as soon as the error is discovered. You will need to provide the case number and document number for the document requiring correction. If appropriate, the court will make an entry indicating that the document was filed in error. You will be advised if you need to re-file the document. If resubmission is required to satisfy a filing deadline, you may re-file the document. In the docket text of the new entry add the following text: “(Replaces document no. ##.)”
  • I filed a pleading in the wrong case. What should I do?
    Contact the judge’s case manager (or ECF Help Desk is the case manager is not available) as soon as the error is discovered. You will need to provide the case number and document number for the document requiring correction. The court will make an entry indicating that the document was filed in error or other action as appropriate. You will need to re-file the document in the correct case.
  • How do I file exhibits?
    Each exhibit or attachment to a main document should be electronically filed as a separate attachment in the same entry as the motion or pleading (“main document”), should be individual numbered/lettered, and should be followed by a short description of the document in the “description” field. For more information, see AP 2.5.
  • How do I file discovery?
    Fed. R. Civ. P. 7 governs pleadings allowed to be filed with the court. Routine discovery is not filed with the court; it is exchanged between the parties. If a discovery dispute arises, the parties may file the appropriate pleadings with the court.
  • I cannot find a filing event in ECF that is named the same as my document. What event should I use?
    If you are not able to identify a filing event that correlates to the document you are filing, try to identify one that is similar. If you are still uncertain, contact the judge’s case manager for assistance.

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