Common Pleas Court On-Line Help
Preparing to e-File
- To create your documents, you'll need a word processing application, such as
Microsoft Word, a scanner and Adobe Acrobat (or the ability to create PDF files via a PDF printer). It really doesn't matter what operating system or word processing application you use as long as you can convert the finished document to a PDF or if submitting a Proposed document convert them to ,doc or ,docx.
- PDF (Portable Document Format) is a popular format created by Adobe Systems
Incorporated. Documents using this format can be read by
Adobe Reader, a free application available from the
Adobe website. This type of document is considered a final form document because
it cannot be edited. It is fixed and appears the same on nearly every machine
that uses Adobe Reader. That's why most courts prefer to receive PDF documents. A PDF document's filename
extension is .pdf.
- If you have Adobe Acrobat, not just the free reader, you can create PDF documents directly from
Microsoft Word. Word 2007 or greater and other word processing applications, allow you to save documents as PDF. There are also freeware and
shareware applications that create PDF documents. For more information, see your software user documentation or visit the Adobe website.
- Many times you will need to include paper documents such as a copy of a
contract, a copy of a bounced check, or some other item with your submission. You must scan paper documents into PDF format in order to e-File them. To do this you must have access to a scanner.
- The County has established a 5 MB limit for each document and a 25 MB for one submission. So that each document upload must be less than 5 MB and each total submission must be less than 25 MB. Electronic documents will vary in size depending on what is within the document and how it was created. For example: a 500 page document that was originally created in Word, containing text only, then save as a PDF typically is well under the 5 MB per document limit. Scanning in photos or adding photos to a Word document prior to conversion to PDF will greatly affect the size. eFlex shows you the size of each document on the 'Add a Document' webpage.
- You can include as many documents as you need; however, there is a limit to the total size
submission. The 'Add a Document' screen, which appears during the e-Filing
process, will display the size of each attached document. The limit is
256 MB per submission.
What do I do if my document is too large?
- If you have created a document that is larger than 5 MB, you will need to split the doucment into a set of smaller files. The f-Filing System has the ability to load attachments and identify that they are associated with a previously included document.
- For the 1st part of your document, choose the appropriate 'Document Category' and 'Document Type' then upload the document.
- To add the additional pages:
- Choose 'Document Category' of 'APPEND/ATTACH DOCUMENTS' and 'Document Type' of 'Append to Document'.
- Upload subsequent pages of the main document.
- Continue from 'a' above until the entire document is uploaded.
How do I make an Additional Deposit?
- At the 'Add a Document' webpage choose 'Document Category' 'DEPOSIT CODES' then choose 'Document Type' of 'Additional Deposit'.
- Click 'Add'.
- Enter deposit amount, dollars and cents. Example: 25.00.
- Clidk 'Next'.
- Continue with your Submittance.