You must have an appellate ECF account to file documents in this Court. You cannot use your PACER login or your district court ECF login.

If you have an appellate ECF account with another circuit court, you can add additional courts to your existing account.


The Court's Administrative Order governing electronic case filing (ECF) requires you to complete certain computer-based training modules before you file a document electronically. ECF training and experience in other courts DOES NOT exempt you from this requirement. Each lesson takes approximately 30 minutes to review. Please ensure the volume on your computer is turned up as the lessons have instructional audio. Flash Player 8.0 or higher is required.


Login Requirements

Java Version 6 Update 1 (1.6.0_1), or higher, is required to operate appellate CM/ECF. To verify that you have Java installed on your computer, go to and select Do I have Java? To install or update Java, go to and select Free Java Download.

Note: There is a known problem when using Internet Explorer with appellate CM/ECF. Users may need to disable the next-generation Java Plug-in option from the Java Control Panel for the application to function correctly. Using Firefox will avoid this problem.


Forgotten Login/Password

Appellate ECF logins and passwords are maintained by the PACER Service Center. The court does not have access to your password. If you have forgotten your login and/or password, you must contact the PACER Service Center.


  • PACER Service Center
    Contact the PACER Service Center if you need technical assistance with CM/ECF or you forgot your login or password.
    800-676-6856 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST)
  • First Circuit CM/ECF Help Desk
    Contact the CM/ECF Help Desk if you have a general question related to electronic filing or need assistance with your ECF registration. DO NOT email documents to the Help Desk.
    617-748-9200 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST)
  • First Circuit Case Manager
    Contact the case manager if you have a case related question or need assistance correcting an error.
    617-748-9057 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST)