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This section of the ECF User's Manual contains the preferred style practices for all users of the ECF application in the Northern District of Texas. The intention of this section is to make everyone's task easier, whether they are entering data or inquiring in ECF. The application of a common set of styles when creating docket entries results in information being captured and displayed in more uniform and predictable ways, thus reducing confusion and errors. In addition, style consistency is the key to efficient searches in ECF, since successful queries require very exact matches on search data including punctuation, abbreviations and upper or lower case.

This Style Guide contains instructions and examples of how to add parties, style conventions for street names and addresses, creditor matrix specifications, PDF file specifications and how to format your proposed orders.