Circuit court eFiling
Enhancements to the current eFiling system
- The improved site is streamlined with fewer screens for each submission. For example, filers can upload a filing document and additional documents at the same time.
- Attorneys can now submit a Notice of Retainer/Appearance and opt into a case at the same time.
- The eFiling site includes a new Notifications page that displays all communication for documents filed on a case by parties and the court.
- Filers can set their email preference and choose whether they would like to receive emails from the eFiling system or turn off emails and rely solely on the new Notifications screen.
- The delegation feature will no longer be available in the eFiling system. Legal assistants and paralegals will use the attorney's user name and password to log in to the eFiling system.
- The personal identification number (PIN) is no longer needed to submit filings to the circuit court.
- Filers will have the option to pay for filing fees using a Court Debit Account. This is an account where the attorney can deposit money with the clerk of circuit court and use the money to pay for filing fees through the eFiling system.
- Electronic notarization will no longer be available in the new system. Documents that require notarization should be hand signed, notarized, scanned, and uploaded to the eFiling system for submission to the circuit court.
- Filers will have the ability to docket and satisfy judgments through the eFiling system.
- A party template feature has been added to eliminate the need to type party information, including name, address, and phone number, into the eFiling site every time a case is filed for a specific party.
Major differences between the old eFiling rule and the new eFiling rule
- Electronic filing is required for attorneys and for agents filing 10 or more small claims actions in a county per year. Self-represented litigants are allowed to eFile but are not required to.
- Documents filed by 11:59 p.m. on the day they are due are considered filed that day. Non eFiling parties may file by fax until 11:59 p.m. Local fax rules restricting the number of pages still apply.
- Parties must submit copies of documents, not originals.
- The small claims summons and complaint may be verified without a notary.
- Attorneys may authorize staff members to submit pleadings to the efiling system on the attorney's behalf and to apply the attorney's electronic signature. The attorney is responsible for all documents eFiled by staff members.