US District Court Updates Regarding Fees & Electronic Filing of Miscellaneous Cases

12/01/2017 - According to the clerk for the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island, effective December 1, 2017, the fee for attorneys seeking admission pursuant to LR Gen 202 shall decrease from $236.00 to $200.00, and the fee for attorneys seeking pro hac vice admission pursuant to LR Gen 204 shall increase from $50.00 to $100.00.

Also effective December1, 2017, the electronic filing of the following miscellaneous case initiation documents using the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files ("CM/ECF") system is mandatory for all attorneys absent an exemption from the Clerk’s Office in accordance with LR Gen 302(a):
Motion to Quash Deposition Subpoenas
Notice to Take Foreign Deposition
Petition to Enforce IRS Summons
Registration of a Judgment from Another District
New miscellaneous case initiation documents that are to be sealed or filed by a pro se party must continue to be submitted in paper. Prior to electronically filing a new miscellaneous action, a Filing User must:
  • Complete the mandatory Electronic Learning Module (ELM) located at www.rid.uscourts.gov on the CM/ECF section of the Court’s website. The lesson provides a step-by-step overview of how to electronically file miscellaneous case initiation documents. If desired, attorneys may also attend an in-person training session.
  • Review the Case Opening Instruction manual located at www.rid.uscourts.gov on the CM/ECF section of the Court’s website. The manual provides a detailed overview of the filing process as well as how to avoid common filing errors.
Upon the filing of a new miscellaneous action, the Filing User will automatically be directed to the pay.gov online payment process. Upon successful completion of the online payment, the Filing User will automatically return to CM/ECF to complete the filing. A case number will be assigned by the system and a presiding judicial officer will be assigned by the Clerk’s Office.

For more information, please visit the Court’s website at www.rid.uscourts.gov or contact the Clerk’s Office at (401) 752-7200.