Circuit court eFiling–Release notes and updates

Wisconsin eFiling Update: File Prep is here!

(Volume 2, Issue 1—January 23, 2017)

We're excited to announce the addition of File Prep to the eFiling system. This new feature provides paralegals, legal secretaries, and local government staff the ability to prepare eFilings using eCourts accounts geared specifically to their needs rather than by logging in via accounts associated with their attorneys. These new eCourts accounts can be leveraged to assist one or more attorneys and allow staff to prepare new case filings and additional documents on existing cases. File Prep offers the following advantages:

Getting started with File Prep

Creating a File Prep eCourts account and/or granting access for File Prep is simple. The following tutorials provide step-by-step instructions to help you begin using this feature.

File Prep - Creating an eCourts account Adobe PDF
File Prep - Granting access Adobe PDF
Using File Prep Adobe PDF

Who's eFiling near you?

Mandatory eFiling implementations
Mandatory eFiling for civil, family, paternity, and small claims cases has been rolled out to almost half of Wisconsin counties since June 1, 2016 with several scheduled for implementation over the next few months:

For a comprehensive list of counties planning implementations, visit our Participating counties webpage.

Mandatory criminal eFiling
eFiling of criminal cases will be mandatory March 1, 2017 for all counties in which mandatory eFiling has already been implemented. As the remaining counties are implemented throughout 2017, criminal eFiling will become mandatory at the same time. The following 22 counties are currently participating in voluntary criminal eFiling: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Dodge, Dunn, Florence, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Oneida, Ozaukee, Pierce, Racine, Richland, Rusk, Vernon, Waukesha, and Waupaca. Until March 1, counties that implement mandatory eFiling may decide when they would like to also offer voluntary criminal eFiling.

Probate eFiling pilot
eFiling of probate cases is currently being piloted in Ashland and Ozaukee Counties. There are plans to expand probate eFiling to additional counties in the first quarter of 2017. Please stay tuned for more information as a rollout plan solidifies.

Reach out to us!

Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you. If you have questions along the way, call us at 1-800-462-8843, chat with us, or email us at eFileSupport@wicourts.gov. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter!


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