The following requirements are for accessing the NYSCEF website and to view PDF Documents in NYSCEF.
Hardware and Software Requirements
Internet Browser Software such as Google Chrome (version 15 or higher), Mozilla Firefox
(version 4 or higher), Apple Safari (version 4 or higher), or Microsoft Internet Explorer
(version 7 or higher). The NYSCEF system uses 128-bit encryption to provide you with the highest
level of internet security available. To access this site, your browser must support 128-bit
encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) version 2.0 protocol.
Adobe Reader ® or equivalent software to view PDF documents. PDF reader software is free and
downloadable from various web-sites. If you don't have the latest version of Adobe Reader ®,
Download Adobe Reader now.
Access to a scanner to create images of non-computerized documents such as exhibits.
PDF/A NYSCEF requires that all e-filed documents
conform to PDF/A specifications. NYSCEF will not accept documents that contain open action
Text Searchable All PDF documents generated from an
original word processing file must be text-searchable and compatible with the latest version of
Adobe Reader ®.
Documents created using most modern word processing applications, such as Word, WordPefect and OpenOffice,
may be converted to an acceptable PDF format by using an export "save as", or "publish to PDF"
function. All of the text in these documents should be searchable in the PDF.
Third-party software is available to convert documents from a word processor format to PDF.
There are several of these PDF writer/conversion programs available. You may wish to
do an internet search to find a program suitable for your needs.
If a document has any images that contain text, those images may not be searchable. Most document
scanners have the ability to scan directly to PDF, and many of them have integrated packages that can
make the document text searchable.
If you have a scanned PDF that is not searchable, there are several third party software packages
that can make your PDF searchable. You may wish to do an internet search to find a program suitable
for your needs.
Security Documents should not be password-protected
or encrypted; documents which include these features violates PDF/A specification compliance.
All documents submitted through NYSCEF, including those marked "secure", will be available for public
inspection at the courthouse unless sealed by court order.
Format Documents submitted via NYSCEF must have one-inch margins
at the top, bottom, right and left sides (see Uniform Rule 202.5(a)). The top margin is particularly important
to allow space for the addition of County Clerk and NYSCEF filing stamps.