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Self-Represented (Pro Se) E-Filing


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

New e-Filing Rates

The Florida Courts E-Filing Authority has changed the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal e-filing rates to $5.00 per filing when paying with an e-check and 3.5% when paying with a credit card. The fee changes are due to an increase in operational costs of payments and transactions.


Criminal E-Filings Now Mandatory Due to New Administrative Order

Since January 1, 2016, E-filing has been mandatory in the Pinellas County Criminal Division for all documents filed in a Criminal action.

Please be advised that the Pinellas County Clerk’s office will only accept documents filed through the ePortal, except those identified in the new Administrative Order No. 2016-018 . Effective May 1, 2016, documents received in the mail will not be filed or processed and will be returned to the attorney.

Electronic pleadings for the following cases will be accepted in the Criminal Division:

  • Circuit Criminal
  • County Criminal
  • Criminal Traffic
  • Civil Traffic
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Dependency

File Your Documents Online

Self-represented litigants may choose to electronically file documents online by using the statewide e-filing portal. The statewide e-filing portal became available on June 21, 2014 for Self-Represented (Pro Se) Litigants to use when electronically filing documents online. The portal is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to file documents. Please note that e-filing is not required for self-represented filers as our office will continue to accept paper filings from self-represented litigants.


GETTING STARTED: (You will need the following)

  • A valid e-mail address you can access regularly to receive electronically filed documents.
    IMPORTANT: You may receive e-mail through your smart phone or tablet, but you will not be able to e-file using these devices.
  • Access to a computer with an Internet connection and browser.
  • Documents to be filed must be in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word 97 (or higher), WordPerfect or Adobe PDF.
  • The case number for which you are e-filing (if it's an existing case).

ACCESSING THE E-FILING PORTAL

  • Visit the portal website at https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/
  • Click on the File Now! link. (NOTE: You will need to have a valid e-mail address you can access regularly in order to register through the portal and receive electronically filed documents.)
  • Once you click on the File Now! link, the portal will guide you through the registration process to set up your account. (NOTE: Select “Self-Represented Litigant” as your role.)
  • Once you are registered as a user, type in your assigned User Name and Password to login to the portal and begin e-filing.

FILING YOUR DOCUMENTS THROUGH THE PORTAL

  • When you login to the e-filing portal, the e-filing map will display.
  • Select a filing jurisdiction and either “new” or “existing” case, then click FILE NOW.
  • Enter the required information on each tab and use the NEXT button to navigate from tab to tab.
  • On the payment tab, you may pay any filing fees that are due with a credit card or electronic check.
  • The final tab is REVIEW AND SUBMIT. Review the information entered. If correct, click SUBMIT. If you need to make changes, click on the appropriate tab and make the changes; then go back to SUBMIT.
  • You will receive two e-mails from the portal regarding your filing:
    1. an e-mail once the filing is submitted and;
    2. another e-mail when the filing has been accepted.

    If the filing is not accepted for any reason, it will be returned to you for correction. If this occurs, the portal will notify you via e-mail with the reason the document is being returned to you, at which time you may log back into the portal to correct and resubmit. NOTE: If you e-file your documents, please do not file the paper copy with the Clerk's office.

Additional Helpful Links when filing:

E-filing Knowledge Base:
E-Filing FAQs
E-Filing Training Videos
E-Filing Manual for Civil and Probate Cases
E-Filing Training Manuals and Materials

Forms and Instructions:
Small Claims
Landlord Tenant filings
Family filings
Florida Courts webpage for Family Forms
Self Help Centers
Sixth Judicial Circuit – Self Representation

Useful References:
Florida Rules of Procedure
Florida Statutes
Administrative Order No. 2016-018

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