File in a District (Trial) Court

Registered User Filing Guide - Pursuant to Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.03 (g), everyone who uses eFiling and eService needs to follow the Guide.

Internet Explorer (IE), version 9 or higher, is the recommended internet browser for using eFile and eServe (eFS).


Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari no longer support websites that use Silverlight, including the current eFile & eServe (eFS) website. If users are unable to use Internet Explorer they may access the eFS portal through HTML5


Electronic filing and service is required in all 87 Minnesota counties.

 

Mandatory use of the eFile and eServe (eFS) System

As of July 1, 2016, the use of eFS is mandatory for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem, in all court cases filed in all 87 Minnesota counties.

July 1 Mandatory eFiling Reminders for Government Partner Agencies

Voluntary use of eFS

All filers who are not required by court rule to use eFS, such as self-represented litigants, may use eFS in all Minnesota counties.

NOTE: Only parties to a case or attorneys representing parties in a case should register in eFS. For example, advocates should not register in eFS to eFile on behalf of a self-represented litigant.
 

eFiling for criminal and juvenile delinquency cases 

Charging documents (criminal complaints, citations, and tab charges) are not filed through eFS; the same is true for juvenile delinquency petitions and citations. See Minn. R. Crim. Pro. 1.06, subd. 2; and Minn. R. Juv. Del. P. 6.03, subd. 2.

More information on eFiling charging documents in these cases is available on the Government Partners, Criminal Justice System Resources page and in the Overview: Mandatory Electronic Filing and Service document.

Attorneys, government agencies, and law enforcement must use eFS to file other non-charging documents in the 11 mandatory counties listed above, effective July 1, 2015. See Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.01(b)(1).

Additional eFiling information

Unless required to use eFS as described above, court users can continue to file paper documents and court forms at the courthouse.

The Civil Actions help topic includes additional information on filing and responding to a summons and complaint.

Both electronic and paper filings are subject to the appropriate filing fee. However, the use of eFS poses a minimal cost for registered users. Besides the browser, all that is needed is a current email address and a valid credit or debit card for filing fees. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted, American Express is not.



Before you begin using the eFile and eServe system (eFS), it is recommended that you review the following documents:

When you’re ready to start using eFS, register for and attend a training session to learn about the system and how to use it. The live web-based (WebEx) sessions are open to all eFS users. The sessions are applicable statewide and are approximately 60 minutes, including time for questions.

Ensure you have the necessary software to login to the WebEx session

Please note that there is a minimum attendance of five; notice of cancellation is posted on this page at least 24 hours in advance if a session is canceled due to low registration.

November Training Sessions
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:00pm (HTML5) - Click to Register

December Training Sessions
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 9:00am (Silverlight) - Click to Register
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 2:00pm (HTML5) - Click to Register

Recorded Session Available

Viewing this recorded session is an option for those whose schedule does not permit attendance at a live WebEx session. The recording runs about 30 minutes.

View the Recorded eFS Training

eFS Support Center staff are available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except for court holidays, to answer your questions and assist you with using the eFS system. You can contact them through the following options:

  • Phone:
    • (651) 227-2002 (if calling from metro area codes 612, 651, 763, 952)
    • 1-855-291-8246 (if calling from all other area codes)
  • Contact Form

eFS System Maintenance

Scheduled System Maintenance

Regular system maintenance runs every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please note that during this time, if you are attempting to file into an existing case and you do not have the case number you may not be able to complete your filing until the system maintenance is complete.

From time to time eFS will also be unavailable for necessary and planned system maintenance. These instances are communicated via email and are noted in the eFS system.

Unscheduled System Maintenance

Occasionally there are system outages that are unplanned. If eFS is unavailable, please check back in a few minutes. If the system remains unavailable and prevents you from electronically filing where mandatory, you may file a motion for relief under Minnesota General Rules of Practice 14.01(c).

Below is a link to the Outage Log, which provides detailed information about all past occurrences of eFS system unavailabilty. This informaiton should be inlcuded in your exception request to the court.

Vision

Minnesota courts will operate in an electronic information environment that will ensure convenient, timely, and appropriate access to case information for all stakeholders.

  • All cases will be eFiled or submitted on paper and converted to electronic images.
  • Justice system partners and other external constituents will have secure access to electronic records.
  • Court processes will be streamlined due to efficiencies gained from electronic records.
  • Judges and court staff will rely on electronic records.

Goals

1.  Increase productivity and reduce operational costs by using and providing electronic court information

2.  Provide easy to use electronic court services to constituents

  • Engage with constituents to create solutions

3.  Build secure and reliable business and technical infrastructure to support electronic court services

  • Transform court processes
  • Proactively examine existing rules, statutes and policies and seek needed changes
  • Build a sound and secure technical infrastructure
  • Assure comprehensive disaster recovery

4.  Promote and facilitate culture change from paper processes to electronic court processes

  • Implement a consistent, statewide solution
  • Actively support and educate judges, court staff and external constituents
  • Continuously identify business processes for increased efficiencies

5.  Create a fiscally sensible, cost neutral electronic court records process for ongoing operations

  • Determine methods to make eCourt self-supporting
  • Implement related tools

Benefits

  • Litigants will be able to file case documents without going to the courthouse.
  • Judges, court staff, and litigants will be able to view and work with the most up-to-date case documents, even when someone else is viewing the case file.
  • Court records not considered confidential under the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch will be viewable through the Judicial Branch Website.

Technologies

  • eFiling (including eCitations and eCharging)
  • eService
  • ePayments
  • Electronic document management, including document imaging
  • Desktop tools will be available for judges to view case records
  • Electronic transmission of cases to the appellate courts
  • eTools (eSignature, eNoticing, eCertification, and other tools that allow for electronic processing of orders)


On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgated amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court, which govern court proceedings and access to court records in the state. The amendments are effective July 1, 2015.

Amendments were promulgated to each of the court rules listed below. The links below provide direct access to the orders issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgating the rules amendments: Designation of Case Types and District Courts Subject to Voluntary e-Filing and e-Service Rules