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e-Filing Overview

Basic Concepts

With e-Filing, attorneys, self-represented parties, and others, can create paperless documents and submit them to the Court electronically. The e-Filing system also makes it possible for the Court to file judgments electronically. The filers who participate on cases receive electronic notices of all filings posted to the docket.

The process is as follows:

  1. A filer (an attorney, for example) sends an e-File submission to the Court.
  2. Behind the scenes, the e-Filing system performs a virus check on the documents. If a virus is found, the submission is rejected and sent back to the filer prior to it being receipted by the system.
  3. The submission is reviewed by the Court and Clerk.
  4. If the filing is approved, the e-Filing system electronically dockets it in the Court's case management system and sends the electronic documents to the Court’s document management system.
  5. After a submission has been processed, a receipt is returned to the filer. If the submission was to initiate a case, then the receipt includes a new case number and other information.

What is the e-Filers Interface?

Filers log in to the e-Filers Interface to create submissions.  They use a website to create a filing submission, provide any necessary information about the filing, and upload any associated documents. Once a filer has completed a filing, it is packaged into a submission in LegalXML format. The filer is then asked to review the information in the filing. Once a filer determines that everything in the filing is correct, the filer then submits the total submission package. It is then transmitted to the Clerk Review Interface.

Filers use the e-Filers Interface to:

What is the Clerk Review process?

A clerk uses the Clerk Review Interface to review the submissions received from the e-Filers Interface.

Clerks can use the Clerk Review Interface to:

What can I e-File?

You can initiate several types of civil cases through the e-Filing system and e-File follow-up filings on those case types. Currently Franklin County Common Pleas Court allows for the following case types:

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.