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E-Filing is a way to electronically transmit legal documents from an attorney or even a self-represented litigant to a court. Legal documents can also go from the court to the attorney or from one attorney to another.

From:   ePortal Document Submission Standards

The following guidelines should be followed in preparing documents that will be attached to ePortal filings as reported in Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, Rule 2.520:E-FILING Portal for the Florida Supreme Court

  • Documents subject to the exceptions set forth in rule 2.525(d) shall be legibly typewritten or printed, on only one side of letter sized (8 April 6, 2017 Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Page 132 of 191 1/2 by 11 inch) white recycled paper with one inch margins and consecutively numbered pages. For purposes of this rule, paper is recycled if it contains a minimum content of 50 percent waste paper. Reduction of legal-size (8 1/2 by 14 inches) documents to letter size (8 1/2 by 11 inches) is prohibited. All documents filed by electronic transmission shall comply with rule 2.526 and be filed in a format capable of being electronically searched and printed in a format consistent with the provisions of this rule
  • On all documents filed with the court, a 1-inch margin on all sides must be left blank for date and time stamps
  • Date and time stamp formats must include a single line detailing the name of the court or Portal and shall not include clerk seals. Date stamps must be 8 numerical digits separated by slashes with 2 digits for the month, 2 digits for the date, and 4 digits for the year. Time stamps must be formatted in 12 hour time frames with a.m. or p.m. included. The font size and type must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Florida Courts E-Filing Portal
  • The Portal stamp shall be on the top left of the document. The Florida Supreme Court and district courts of appeal stamps shall be on the left margin horizontally. Any administrative agency stamp shall be on the right margin horizontally. The clerk’s stamp for circuit and county courts shall be on the bottom of the document.
  • Noncompliance. No clerk of court shall refuse to file any document because of noncompliance with this rule. However, upon request of the clerk of court, noncomplying documents shall be resubmitted in accordance with this rule.

Electronic submission of documents outside the ePortal:

  • For documents that exceed the 50 MB size limit or whose dimensions exceed the 8 ½ x 11 inch standard, electronic transmission should be accomplished using an electronic storage medium that the Clerk has the ability to accept, which may include a CD-ROM, flash drive, or similar storage medium as defined in SC11-399

Original Documents:

  • Documents that must be maintained in original form may be electronically filed through the ePortal but must also be deposited with the Clerk and maintained for safekeeping as defined in SC11-399. 

E-Filing Portal 2014.03 Filer Updates

What's New for Filers (8/1/2015)


2016.01 Filer User Notes

FAQS for Filers - December 2016
 

E-Filing Information

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Introduction to E-Filing

How to E-File – An Overview

There are three E-Filing portals used in Florida:  The Florida Supreme Court and the 2nd DCA use the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, as do most Circuit Courts and County Courts.   Check each court for the most up-to-date information.  The other Florida District Courts of Appeal use eDCA but should be added to the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal in the future.  The Federal Courts use CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case File).

Welcome to the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal

If you're an attorney practicing in Florida, to register at the Florida Courts E-Filling Portal, you’ll need your Florida Bar number, at least one email address and your local address.  When you register you’ll choose a login name and password.  When you are approved you’ll receive an activation link in your email. Attorneys from other jurisdictions, court reporters, mental health professionals, mediators and self-represented litigants may also register. For eDCA and CM/ECF there are similar registration procedures.  

Once you have an active account you can add a new case or add to an existing case.  You login, find the appropriate court, and if it's an existing case find that case.  You'll be able to retrieve case information. In brief, you choose the parties you are filing for and choose the type of document you are filing and then attach it to the filing. There are excellent training videos here.

    

Check List

Check the relevant portions of Florida's Civil Procedure.  (1.080:30-31)

  •  Determine which E-Filing portal is being used based on court.
    • Determine the E-Filing protocol for that court.
    • Check the court's website for current information.
    • Check individual judges for variations in protocol.
  • To file a case electronically you'll need:
    • To register with the appropriate E-Filing Portal.
    • Have files appropriately formatted. 
    • Make sure all metadata is stripped from E-Filed documents
    • Know the court where the case is pending.
    • You should know filing deadlines.
    • Consider how long it will take to file and be confirmed as received.
  • For more information always check the court's website.

There are excellent training videos here.

E-Filing by Court

E-Filing by Court in Florida
Check Court website for updated information
Florida Supreme Court Florida ePortal 
Florida Circuit Courts (mostly,
check the Court's Website)
Florida ePortal 
County Courts (with variations,
check the Court's Website)
Florida ePortal 
Florida 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and
5th District Court of Appeals
eDCA Portal
U.S. Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit
CM/ECF 
Federal Bankruptcy Courts CM/ECF 
Federal District Courts CM/ECF 

Florida Courts E-Filing Portal

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