Yes. The following Indiana courts have already mandated eFiling – for either Initial and Subsequent eFiling OR Subsequent eFiling Only.
Courts with Mandatory eFiling:
The following courts have an upcoming go live date for voluntary and/or mandatory eFiling. When efiling becomes mandatory, it will only be required for attorneys (not unrepresented litigants) and only in subsequent filings, meaning cases that have already been opened with the court. On and after the “Voluntary” date listed, Trial Rule 86 shall govern any documents filed in the courts listed below for those who choose to eFile using the Indiana eFiling System.
Initial pricing for the File & Serve Indiana:
|eFile Only||eServe Only||eFile & eServe|
|All non-asbestos cases||$2.99||$2.99||$2.99|
|Asbestos cases (exempted from statewide system for eService only)||FREE||$12.00 via File & ServeXpress||N/A for asbestos cases|
With over 25 years’ experience in eFiling and eService, we were the first in the industry to bring eFiling to the legal community. We have a permanent document repository. Convenient monthly invoicing. Concierge Service support.
Yes, you may submit discovery documents or other serve-only documents to via the File & Serve Indiana website. These documents will be served onto the registered parties in the case and available for viewing on the File & Serve Indiana website. The viewing of discovery documents is restricted to parties in the case with a valid login.
Per Trial Rule 86, section I:
Per Trial Rule 86, section G:
When you file, you are asked to select the type of document you are filing. The Court has hundreds of document types and selecting the correct one can be difficult. If you are hesitating between several types, either call the Court Clerk or select the type with the highest fee. When the Clerk reviews your filing, s/he can lower the fee and change the type, if appropriate.
eService is the service of documents onto parties via the File & Serve Indiana secure and encrypted system. After you submit a document, you can select the eService option to immediately serve the parties or attorneys in the case, electronically.
Each case has a list of “service contacts” who can be selected for eService on any file-and-serve or service-only filing. Filers can add people to the case service contact list by selecting desired recipients from the firm service contact directory or from the Public Service List. A service contact is a person for whom an email address and other identifying information has been entered into the Indiana eFiling system by a registered user.
You must be filing in a case in order to search the Public Service List. When adding a service contact to a party on a case, select “Add from public list” from the Actions menu.
Firm administrators add firm service contacts to the Public Service List. Firm administrators may only add a firm service contact to the Public Service List with the service contact’s express authorization. Firm administrators may not add someone from outside of their firm to the Public Service List. Beginning in January 2018, the Public Service List will be updated and maintained by a feed from the Indiana State Bar’s Role of Attorneys.
You must serve conventionally all parties and attorneys who are not on the Public Service List. Even if you have the other person’s email address, you may not add service recipients to the Public Service List without their express authorization or if they are outside of your firm.
Yes, there are multiple ways to do this. For someone to receive a courtesy copy of every filing that is eServed on you, firm administrators may edit a service contact to enter one or more email addresses to receive an “administrative copy” of every document sent to the service contact. For someone to receive a courtesy copy of filings eServed on you on a case-by-case basis, users can add any firm service contact to the service list for a case.
Yes. With any filing, whether conventional or electronic, filers must consider whether they are filing:
See Q12 re: Issuance of Summons and Service of Initial Complaint or Equivalent Pleading, per Trial Rule 86, section G.
Per Trial Rule 86, section G (3): Service of Subsequent Pleadings
If it's possible to break your document into pieces, submitting "Part 1, Part 2, etc." allows viewers to read your document without long download times. This technique is recommended for long appendices.
File & Serve is pleased to help you with your eFiling needs. We offer the following services to eFile and/or eServe your documents on your behalf:
* Your firm must complete a Concierge Form and have a Concierge Services Agreement on file with File & Serve otherwise File & Serve cannot file your documents on your behalf unless File & Serve is eFiling on your behalf due to a documented technical support issue.
|After Hours & Weekend Concierge Service*||$50.00|
|Concierge Services + Document Assembly*||$50.00 (Available on a business day from 9:00AM CT to 4:00PM CT)|
*Plus all court fees and all applicable taxes and fees.
Yes – confidential documents are addressed in Trial Rule 86. But please refer to your local court rules for confirmation of the local practice:
When a filer pays fees for service by sheriff in one county but the service will be made in another county:
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