Many court systems are transitioning away from in-person filings with clerk’s office at the Courthouse to electronic filing. E-filing allows you to use an internet connection to transmit court papers from your computer directly to the court for filing.
The Superior Court of the District of Columbia instituted e-filing about ten years ago. The cases and documents that were eligible for e-filing were initially rather limited, but the Court has made steady progress to expand the availability of e-filing. As of May 4, 2015, the Court requires e-filing of civil complaints filed by attorneys. The complaint, exhibits/supporting documents, summons, and information sheet are all prepared as usual. Then the documents may be (1) printed and scanned into a single PDF for uploading to the e-filing system or (2) uploaded individually and merged through the e-filing system. Once the papers and filing fee submitted to the Court, the filer receives (by e-mail) an acknowledgment that the filing has been received. Within a few days, the Clerk of the Court will eServe a “Complaint Package.” This document will include the file-stamped Complaint, Initial Order, judicial assignment, and summons. The Complaint can then be served on the defendant(s).
Need more information? The Court’s e-filing vendor has many resources available if you need assistance. Live webinars, FAQs, and how-to guides are located here: http://info.fileandservexpress.com/dc/training