Working with PDFs



In CM/ECF electronic filing, users must know how to use the Adobe Acrobat software and its associated format, which is called Portable Document Format (or PDF).

Most documents filed electronically in CM/ECF generally must be in PDF format. If you create pleadings using word-processing software (such as Word or WordPerfect), then that document must be converted into PDF so that you can file it using CM/ECF.

Portable Document Format


Portable Document Format (PDF) is a universal file format that preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colors, and graphics of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it.

Also, the majority of our court forms used in CM/ECF filing are PDF documents; the court forms are available on the Court's Web site on the Forms page.The blank fields on these PDF forms must be completed. In fact, you can complete most of our court forms directly on your computer and save them there. (A later lesson covers the Court's Local Rules and Court Forms, in which you will learn how to complete and save court forms.)
Then when you file in CM/ECF, you simply attach the completed and saved PDF files to the appropriate case filing.
Click here to see a diagram that explains this process.

To see a video of how to create a PDF file from Word or WordPerfect software, click on the link below:

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson,
you should be able to:

  • Create a PDF document from a Word or WordPerfect document
  • Save the PDF document to your computer

The Working with PDFs lesson consists of two topics and a Practice Exercise:


Working with PDFs

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Create a PDF Document
Save the PDF Document

Practice Exercise for:


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