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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:E-FILING Portal for the Florida Supreme Court

  • Documents should be a standard size of 8 ½ x 11 inches as defined in RJA 2.520
  • Documents should leave blank a 3 x 3 inch space at the top right-hand corner on the first page, and a 1 x 3 inch space at the top right-hand corner on each subsequent page, to accommodate statewide standard date/time stamps as defined in RJA 2.520
  • Where possible, documents should be electronically signed as defined in AO 09-30, Standards for Electronic Access to the Courts
  • Black and white, non-color documents are preferred
  • Scanned documents should be at a resolution of 300 DPI as defined in the State of Florida Electronic Records and Records Management Practices
  • Multiple pleadings, motions, etc. should not be combined into one single file; each individual document should be uploaded via the ePortal document submission process
  • A deviation from these guidelines may result in the submitted filing being moved to a Pending Queue with the filer being notified via email and requested to correct the issue(s) with the document(s) and resubmit the filing

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. Examples include wills, codicils, deeds, verified and sworn documents, original paper judgments and sentences, etc. Questions regarding original documents should be directed to your local Clerk’s Office.

E-Filing Portal 2014.03 Filer Updates

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


2016.01 Filer User Notes

 

 

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).

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, 3rd, 4th and
5th District Court of Appeals
eDCA Portal
Florida 2nd District Court
of Appeal
Florida ePortal 
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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