Local Rules were adopted by each jurisdiction in Texas to allow acceptance of eFiled documents. Some of the Local eFiling Rules are provided in .pdf format below. For a complete list of local rules by jurisdiction, please visit the Office of Court Administration's website at: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/jcit/Efiling/EFilingRules.asp. Some of the major changes include:
- A unique user password and "signature" ID replaces the attorney's physical signature. However, the Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT) recommends that, for any filing that includes a verified pleading as either the lead document or an attachment, the filer also sign the lead document. The filer can apply a “digitized signature” or a scanned wet signature.
- The time stamp of the filing is captured
when the filer submits an electronic document
through their EFSP (not accepted, but
- Only Civil case documents can be filed
electronically, though exceptions have
- Original Wills, Subpoenas, and Bonds
cannot be eFiled.
- Documents must be converted to an acceptable
court approved format (typically .pdf
format if needed, CFX does the
conversion for you).
- You can eFile documents 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
- Documents that are filed after 5:00
p.m. are deemed served the next day.
What Local Rules Were Adopted to Address Technical Issues, System Outages, and Delays in Document Acceptance with the eFiling System?
Local rules 4.3 and 7.2 were adopted by eFiling counties to address technical issues, system outages, and delays in document acceptance with the eFiling System. For a complete listing, please review your jursdiction's local rules.
Rule 4.3 Time Document is Filed - Not later than the first business day after receiving a document from TOL, the district clerk shall decide whether the document will be accepted for filing. The district clerk shall accept the document for filing provided that the document is not misdirected and complies with all filing requirements. The district clerk shall handle electronically-transmitted documents that are filed in connection with an affidavit of inability to afford court costs in the manner required TEX.R.CIV.P.145. If the clerk fails to accept or reject a document within the time period, the document is deemed to have been accepted and filed.
Rule 7.2 Rule Guiding Interpretation - These rules shall be liberally construed so as to avoid undue prejudice to any person on account of using the electronic filing system or sending or receiving electronic service in good faith.