If you aren’t up to speed on e-filing, hurry up and catch up — because e-filing is mandatory and there is plenty of help available on The Florida Bar’s website.
April 1 is the day all attorneys are required to use Florida’s e-filing “portal” for the filing of civil cases in the trial courts and to file documents with the Florida Supreme Court.
The deadline for criminal filings in trial courts is October 1. On the appellate level, deadlines have been set for July 22 for the Second District Court of Appeal, September 27 for the Third DCA, October 31 for the Fourth DCA, November 27 for the Fifth DCA, and December 27 for the First DCA.
Go to the Bar’s website and you will find a prominent resource button on the right-hand side of the home page that links to a complete list of e-filing resources available, including YouTube videos about the benefits of electronic filing and an overview of the portal, document submission standards, and a manual on how to e-file.
This button will also link you to the website of the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority at www/flclerks.com/eFiling_authority.html. They are the overseers of the portal through which all state court filings will be made. And it will link you to the portal at www.myflcourtaccess.com. The portal has step-by-step directions for registering.
The Florida Bar is also planning an “e-seminar series” of three sessions at The Florida Bar Annual Convention on June 26 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club: “Adjusting to Service by E-Mail: Fundamentals, Failures, and Consequences,” “E-Filing and the ePortal in Florida State Courts,” and “10 Things Florida Lawyers Must Know About E-Discovery.” The Bar will record these seminars during the convention and make them available as complimentary OnDemand CLE programs via the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program.