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:
ORDER ADOPTING TEXAS RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 21c AND AMENDMENTS TO TEXAS RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 4, 21, 21a, 45, 57, AND 502; TEXAS RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE 6, 9, AND 48; AND THE SUPREME COURT ORDER DIRECTING THE FORM OF THE APPELLATE RECORD
13-9165 Supreme Court Final E-Filing Rules
AMENDED ORDER REQUIRING ELECTRONIC FILING IN CERTAIN COURTS
13-9164 Supreme Court Order for Civil Electronic Filing
TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS, VERSION 4.0, SET BY THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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 "eFileTexas" to administer the civil electronic filing for the State of Texas. Detailed information and additional material is available on the websites below:
The Bell County District Clerk and County Clerk is active in eFileTexas 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 eFileTexas 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.
Justice of the Peace Court, Local Rules - Electronic Filing