The Third District Court of Appeal announces the commencement of electronic filing in the court, available to all registered attorneys.
The court has installed the web-based application eDCA, which is also used in the First, Fourth, and Fifth DCAs. As of July 1, electronic filing of all documents and briefs is mandatory.
With the cooperation and assistance of the clerk’s offices for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, as of July 1, all records will also be filed electronically with the court.
The website for filing is available as a link through the Third DCA website . Attorneys with a Bar number may register on the website by clicking on the tab “E-Filing – EDCA” and following the prompts. Each attorney will receive an email notification that his or her registration has been accepted.
The court has adopted several administrative orders regarding the specifics of e-filing. Orders 3D13-02 through 13-05 are available on the court’s website under the heading “Court News.” The eDCA User Guide included there also provides useful information on how to e-file.
When mandatory e-filing begins July 1, no paper filings will be accepted from attorneys. Filers of electronic documents will receive an email confirming acceptance of the document by the court.
Any authorized document filed in an appeal or petition shall be in Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) in searchable text. Any appendices shall also be filed in pdf and provide either hyperlinks in the index or a bookmark in Adobe Acrobat for each item in the index.
The court’s move to electronic filing will be prospective only. Existing paper documents are not being scanned. Attorneys will have online access to any e-filed document in their cases, but not to those pre-July 1, 2013, paper records (which continue to be available for copying as under previous practice).