Wisconsin eFiling Update
File Prep is here!
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:
- Templates can be designed by support staff for their particular needs, reducing mundane data entry and accelerating the filing process.
- Once authorized, support staff can access all of the documents available to the attorney on their My cases screen.
- An "In Progress" page is provided to help track filings under preparation that haven't yet been sent to the attorney for submission to the circuit courts. Filings visible in this queue are only accessible to the person preparing them, not to other support staff or attorneys.
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.
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:
- Marquette–February 1, 2017
- Waushara–February 1, 2017
- Winnebago–February 1, 2017
- Calumet–February 15, 2017
- Eau Claire–February 15, 2017
- Portage–February 15, 2017
- Bayfield–March 1, 2017
- Manitowoc–March 1, 2017
- Washington–March 1, 2017
- Buffalo–March 15, 2017
- Fond du Lac–March 15, 2017
- Pepin–March 15, 2017
- Polk–April 17, 2017
- Sawyer–April 17, 2017
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 @ CCAP_Wisconsin!