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Electronic Filing for Civil Cases

Electronic Filing for ALL Civil Cases

The Supreme Court of Texas has mandated that all civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in appellate courts, and all non-juvenile civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional courts, and statutory probate courts be filed electronically.  The complete final Supreme Court documents are provided for review and use:

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The Supreme Court relied on the Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT) to develop policy recommendations and the Office of Court Administration (OCA) to procure and contract a vendor.  Tyler Technologies was the selected vendor and they have created a new system called "TexFile" to administer the civil electronic filing for the State of Texas.  Detailed information and additional material is available on the websites below: 

http://www.courts.state.tx.us/jcit/Efiling/EfilingHome.asp

http://www.efiletexas.gov


The Bell County District Clerk and County Clerk is active in TexFile and enforces the mandatory e-filing of civil cases.

While not included in the Supreme Court mandate, five Justice Courts in Bell County have elected to participate in the TexFile program and accept electronic civil filings as well as continuing to accept "in-person" filings.  Participating courts are JP 1, JP 2, JP 3 Pl 1, JP 3 Pl 2, and JP 4 Pl 2.

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