Efile Tips FAQ

How to print a signed, dated, or stamped document.
In the file viewer, I can’t find documents that were filed and have a docket entry.
How much does it cost to use a credit/debit card or e-check through the eFiling portal?
What documents may be filed directly with the court?
Is there a need for cover-letters anymore?
Is there a need for Certificates of Service on pleadings or motions anymore and do we need to send them to opposing counsel if that counsel is in the e-filing system since they now receive an e-service?
Now that new cases and pleadings may be filed 24 hours a day and seven days a week will the court allow for extended or delayed filings due to Holidays or weekends?
May I file more than one pleading or document in the same submission?

How to print a signed, dated, or stamped document.

Some have noticed that when they try and print a signed or dated document, even though the document is signed in the document viewer, it will print without the signature. The reason for this is document was originally put in the system without a signature or date; then upon review and acceptance by the court it was electronically signed.

If you encounter this problem all you need to do is make sure that your print settings are set to include "documents and markups" or a similar variation. This will ensure that the copies you print have any necessary signature and/or date.

In the file viewer, I can’t find documents that were filed and have a docket entry.

Some documents may be hidden under the "Expand" feature of the file viewer. This feature is located on the left side, directly under the "Documents" header and next to each document below. Clicking on either the plus or minus sign will either expand or collapse the subsequent documents. If the icon next to a document is a minus, it means that there are no more documents to view. Conversely, if there is a plus sign, it means that there are more documents under that header or lead document.

How much does it cost to use a credit/debit card or e-check through the eFiling portal?

There is an additional processing fee of approximately 2-3 percent for credit/debit cards and a 60 cent fee to process electronic checks.

What documents may be filed directly with the court?

All* documents or pleadings not only may, but must be filed through the eFiling system. Necessary exceptions will apply to documents that must be filed in court in order to be considered timely. However, even anticipated orders and judgments should be filed as proposed through the eFiling system. In that manner, if the document is adopted by the Court, it can be electronically signed and filed.

* Documents and pleadings for cases types that are covered under an eFiling order.

Is there a need for cover-letters anymore?

Normally you shouldn’t have to; the instructions can be included in the text boxes of the eFiling portal.

Is there a need for Certificates of Service on pleadings or motions anymore and do we need to send them to opposing counsel if that counsel is in the e-filing system since they now receive an e-service?

See Rule 103.08. Service shall be made to registered users through the electronic filing system. To all others, service shall be made as provided by Rule 43.01(c). Since all lawyers must be registered users, there should be no reason to send copies of documents filed electronically. Discovery documents etc. that are not typically filed with the Court would of course have to be delivered to opposing counsel as always.

Now that new cases and pleadings may be filed 24 hours a day and seven days a week will the court allow for extended or delayed filings due to Holidays or weekends?

See Rule 103.06. You will receive a confirmation receipt to verify the date and time you submitted a document for filing. Other than the obvious advantage of being able to file 24/7, all other rules regarding timeliness apply.

May I file more than one pleading or document in the same submission?

Yes, but each document must be submitted individually. For example a Motion to Compel would have to be filed separate from a Notice of Hearing. The only document that should be attached might be the Certificate of Service for that Notice of Hearing. Also exhibits could also be attached in a submission that would go with the pleading.