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E-FILING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q.  Does the court have electronic filing?
At this time, all filings must be paper.  However, the court does also require briefs and petitions are to be emailed to the court.  Consult the Adminstrative order for requirements.

Q:  What has to be emailed to the court? 
Briefs, petitions, response to petitions, or replies, and any accompanying appendix must be emailed to the court in addition to the filing of paper version. Electronic copies of the transcript should be submitted by the court reporter in accordance with Florida Appellate Rule 9.200(b)(2).  You should check with the court reporter to assure that the reporter has complied with this rule.  If you are relying on transcripts other than those prepared pursuant to Rule 9.200(b), electronic copies shall be sent to this court.  If their size is greater than the limit permitted for email, a disk with the transcript may be submitted.

Q:   What document format is accepted?
Documents submitted to the court by email, must be in a Word or Portable Document Format (PDF). Documents may be converted directly to PDF format from the filer's word processing program. If none of the foregoing is available, documents may be scanned into PDF format, in a searchable form, if available. However, scanning of briefs is discouraged due to the increased digital size of the scanned document.

Q: How do I convert my documents to a PDF format?
Conversion of Documents to PDF

Q:  What should I put in the subject line? 
The subject line of the email shall contain the case number and case name (i.e. “Smith v. State”), as well as the type of brief being filed (i.e. "Appellant's Initial Brief” or "Appellee's Answer Brief").  Example:  “4D12-2202 Smith v. State Appellant’s Initial Brief”
                      
Q:  How will I know if I have successfully emailed a document?
You will receive an email confirming receipt of the electronic filing. This email will come from efiling@flcourts.org.  Please ensure that your email spam filters do not block this email address.

Q:   When are documents considered filed by the court?
Filing through email is in addition to the submission of the required paper documents. Until the Supreme Court authorizes an e-document to be the official court document, timeliness will continue to be determined by the receipt of the paper filing, not the emailed copy.
The email filing shall be sent on the date that the paper filing is sent to the court. The attorney or non-attorney shall certify that the emailing has been completed in the certificate of service.

Q:  What if I need to email a brief and an appendix?

You may attach a brief and an appendix to one email.  Do not combine a brief and an appendix into one document for attaching to an email.

Q:   What is the maximum file size you can send in an email?

Filings per email shall be limited to 13 megabytes per email. If a filing exceeds 13 megabytes, it shall be sent in more than one email.   If one document, such as an appendix, exceeds 13 megabytes in size, the document should be divided into separate numbered volumes.