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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

E-filers- A small change to document descriptions

E-file users:

We made a small change to the way you enter filing and document descriptions to ensure your filings were being handed off to the court with all the information they need.

Here are the details:

The old way to enter the description of what you were filing in the document description field:
The old place to enter a filing description

Now, the required filing description is its own field after you select the filing type.

So when adding a document you will now select lead, then the filing type and then enter the filing description for your filing. i.e. "Motion to Squash". 
This is the information the clerk will see to know what specifically you are filing.  

Then proceed as before with selecting your file and document security. 

The document description field still exists but is no longer required. We will auto-complete it for you using the file name so you never really need to enter anything in there. 
Also, this is not a field the clerk will regularly review so the file name is fine. 

Then you can proceed to file as you always have. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact support at or 866-369-7671


Anonymous said...

This is a good change, but a better one would be to expand the choices for what type of document is being filed. There are numerous different types of documents that are not either a Motion, or a Petition, or one of the very limited options offered. The Federal Court system is a perfect example of an easy to use online filing system.

Nick Fankhauser said...

Thanks for that input.

The decision to provide a small list of general document categories and rely on the description text for specifics was made by the folks at the Office of Judicial Administration, and we don't have the latitude to change that.

I believe it would be most helpful to make your suggestion on this topic to the E-filing Business Management Committee. Follow this link to see who is on that committee: If you are acquainted with one of them, they might be able to give you some insight into the decision and would also be well positioned to suggest changes.