Common Pleas Court On-Line Help
Does it cost to e-File?
Currently the County is not charging to register as a user of the
e-Filing System. Once you have registered there is no additional fee to
submit a filing via the e-Filing System, but the standard Court fees,
costs, and deposits still apply. Please refer to
http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/clerk/index.cfm to review the
costs, and deposits required in General Division cases. Fees, costs,
and deposits in e-filed cases must be paid by credit card at the time
of the filing and a nominal convenience fee according to a
predetermined schedule published at this link
charged in relation to the transaction.
Go to the e-Filing website homepage https://efiling.franklincountyohio.gov/
and look for the link to “Request Account”. This will take you through
a series of screens that will ask you questions. The first screen will
ask you to review the User Agreement established by the County. To
continue you must select the radio button and indicate that you accept
the terms of the user agreement, by pressing the “Submit” button.
After you accept the terms of the user agreement, you will be
identify your user role. Click the radio button by your role and click
Note: With Pro Se parties being the exception, each user is
within the system to a law firm, company, or other entity. From the
“Existing” dropdown, select the law firm, company, or other entity with
which you are associated if it exists. The dropdown list contains those
organizations currently registered in eFlex. If your organization is
not listed, click the second radio button, type in your law firm's
name, and then click Submit.
The next screen has several fields to fill out. An asterisk next to a
field indicates that the information is required. You choose your own
username and password. Your username must be unique. If the username
you enter is not unique when you submit your request, you will be
prompted to select a different username. Once all the information is
completed, a request to approve your account will be given to the
Administrator. As soon as the Administrator approves your account you
will receive an email message at the email address you provided with
your registration information.
How do I get training?
Many attorneys find that the system is not unlike other systems.
You may find that reading the online documentation is enough
information to get your work done. CLE credits are available for
attorneys for e-Filing training through the Columbus Bar Association.
Please go to the website www.cbalaw.org/cle or call 614 221-4112 for more
information. You may use the online help, which is accessible from your
eFlex Home Page or from any other page throughout the filer’s
interface. Training materials are also available on the Franklin County
Clerk of Court’s website on the E-FILING tab. http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/clerk/e-File.cfm
What can I e-File?
All civil cases designated as follows shall be mandatory e-File cases:
A (professional tort), B (product liability), C (other torts), D
(workers’ compensation), E (foreclosure), F (administrative appeal) and
H (other civil, including Commercial Docket cases (H4); however
excluding Civil Stalking or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Orders
(H2)). Cases subsequently designated as G category cases (complex
litigation), as set forth in Local Rule 7.04, shall also be mandatory
e-File cases. Cases docketed as EX, JG, LP and MS (except for auto
title cases) shall also be mandatory e-File cases.
During the summer of
2011, all pleadings, motions, briefs, memoranda of law, depositions,
transcripts, transcripts and records of proceedings, orders and other
documents submitted in designated mandatory e-File case types shall be
filed electronically through the e-Filing System. The Clerk shall not
accept for filing or file any documents in paper format in mandatory
e-File case types from litigants represented by counsel.
electronically file their documents by registering to use the Court’s
e-Filing System. If a party does not have internet access, the party
can use the Clerk's public access computer stations to register to use
the e-Filing System and to then file his/her documents electronically.
Because they require being submitted with a cash or check payable
the garnishee, Garnishments will be handled outside the eFlex system.
Civil Stalking and Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Orders will
also be handled outside the eFlex system at this time.
What kind of internet access do
We recommend that you use a high speed internet connection. The system
will work using a dial-up modem, but the challenge is when you need to
up-load or down-load large documents to the Court. A dial-up
modem is more likely to time-out or disconnect and in addition you
may become frustrated on how slow the system will respond.
Note: Uploading documents will be slow. Most internet
connections have faster download speeds than upload speeds. That is
because most people on the web are downloading information
rather than uploading information. The upload speed can be 3 to 5 times
slower than the download speed. If you are interested in
checking your bandwidth speed you can do so at one of these links.
These links are not supported by the Court and are for your convenience
- For question on how to e-File: 614-525-3621
- e-Filing help desk phone number for technical and account questions: 614-525-2600
- e-Filing help desk email: email@example.com