Some Courts Report Slow PDF Uploads
Starting Monday November 27th, some courts reported slow PDF uploads to CM/ECF even for small (40k) filings. Several courts were using CM/ECF version 3.0 but one court reported the issue on 2.5, while another using 3.0 reported no issues. Some wondered if it was due to heavy on-line shoppping on CyberMonday
but issues apparenly continue today.
Court Continues to Discourage Large Filings
The court recently received summary judgment memorandum with 51 attachments, and a total file size of 45 mb for over 200 pages. This is an unusually large size for a filing and an unusually large size per page. The court discourages such large filings because of the time required to download them. This is reflected in the Administrative Procedures:Where the filing will include 15 or more separately efiled exhibits, the filer shall conventionally file the pleading, or alternatively, reasonably combine the exhibits in electronic format to make a smaller number that fit within the other size constraints of the system. II E. 6.
No single document over three megabytes in size shall be electronically filed without prior leave of the Court. (Any document greater than 200 pages shall be filed conventionally.) II C. 3.
The court sent the following email to this recent filer, typical of those sent when such a large filing is received:As Technical Manager of the CM/ECF Program, I would like to thank you for your e-filing in our court, which helps contribute to a more efficient Judiciary. The Court is striving to make the e-filing process as efficient as possible, both in terms of you, the filing attorney, and for all parties, attorneys , Judges, and staff, who download and view/print the documents filed. I observed a recent filing of yours which could be improved technically.
Document No: xxx
Page size (in kilobytes): 81 - 189k/page (ideal recommended page sizes 20-40k/pg )
Issue: Documents were fairly large, in terms of kilobytes per page.
Recommendation: For text documents of this type, you might consider scanning them at 200 dpi, rather than 300 dpi. This will reduce the size of each document significantly, allowing you to combine more documents into fewer total attachments. Alternatively, if your scanner will support it, Adobe Acrobat Standard has a scanning feature built into it, which is more efficient than some of the other scanners available. It may be that there are other settings that you could check on your scanner, as well, that may result in smaller, more efficiently sized documents, while still preserving clarity and readability.
This is intended as a helpful suggestion and tool to make your E-filing faster, easier, and more effective. If you would like more information or guidance regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to call me at (801) 524-6105.
Thank you. Robert Janzen