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Central District of California's Attorney Case-Opening Pilot Project

Beginning October 7, 2013, as part of a pilot project which allows for the electronic filing of new civil cases in the Central District of California, attorneys may open new civil cases in the CM/ECF System and file both new and amended complaints electronically in patent, trademark, and copyright cases.

More detailed information about the Attorney Case-Opening Pilot Project may be found in the Court’s Amended General Order No. 13-01. For instructions on filing new civil cases electronically, refer to the Attorney Case-Opening Pilot Project User Manual. Both documents are available on the Court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov/e-filing/civil-case-opening, as are step-by-step training videos demonstrating the electronic case-opening process.

The Pilot Project shall be in effect from October 7, 2013, to December 1, 2014. The electronic filing of case-initiating documents may eventually become mandatory in the Central District of California.