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eFiling and eService Definitions
eFiling is the use of an online Web-based application, which requires no special hardware or software, to electronically file cases and related documents through the Judicial Branch case management system from anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The eFiling application allows submission of both initiating and subsequent documents in civil, family, and probate cases. Criminal and juvenile cases initiated electronically by prosecutors or law enforcement will be via other means (eCharging or eCitations), but subsequent documents in those case types may also be submitted using the eFiling application. Using this service, users can eliminate unexpected delays, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies. The system accepts documents in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PDF, TIF, and Rich Text formats.
eService provides the opportunity for filing parties to electronically serve registered parties and eliminate a wide range of existing paper service costs such as postage, envelopes, time to mail, and paper printing. eService also provides an electronic record of service in the system which eliminates the need for paper affidavits of service on subsequent electronic filings submitted to the court. The only requirement is a valid eMail address and the willingness to add yourself to the eService list.