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TexFile manages the flow of information among filers, clerks, court personnel, and judges:
Filer Submits Documents: After selecting a certified electronic filing service provider (EFSP), filers log on to their providers website to file case-related documents online to any participating court in Texas.
EFSP Delivers Documents to the Court: EFSPs check submissions for completeness, calculate filing fees and court costs, and electronically deliver the submitted documents to participating courts.
Clerks Accept or Reject Submissions: Court clerks receive the electronically filed documents and associated fees for processing and acceptance, review the documents, accept or reject the filings, and provide an electronic timestamp notification to the filer for the accepted documents.
During this time, the 52 counties currently offering electronic filing through the Texas.gov e-filing system and any counties affected by the Supreme Court?s January 1, 2014 mandate will be transitioned to TexFile.
The system will be available to remaining counties following this phased approach.
Courts in counties with a population of:
500,000 or more ? January 1, 2014 200,000 to 499,999 ? July 1, 2014 100,000 to 199,999 ? January 1, 2015 50,000 to 99,999 ? July 1, 2015 20,000 to 49,999 ? January 1, 2016 20,000 ? July 1, 2016
A list of known Texas CMS vendors is located on the Judicial Committee for Information Technology website at http://www.courts.state.tx.us/jcit/casemngt.asp.
If your county uses a CMS vendor not on this list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your county uses Tyler Technologies? Odyssey CMS, integration with TexFile is already in place; however, configuration may be required. The OCA will be working with the TexFile team and all additional CMS vendors to facilitate a smooth transition.
Note: First-time users to TexFile may be prompted to download and install Microsoft® Silverlight.
The recommended settings for your workstation are as follows:
Web Browser Requirements: TexFile is supported by current versions of the Windows operating system using Internet Explorer 7 or above or Firefox. Connection Requirements: High-speed connection is recommended. Minimum Screen Resolution: For best results, a setting of 1024x768 is recommended.
If pro se parties request a copy of a court record, they would also use current paper methods ? request and pay for a paper copy of the document either by mail or by coming to the Records Center for a copy.
Yes, there are fees associated with filing documents electronically on the TexFile system: Standard court filing fees Contact your local court for information on filing fees Service provider fees Most EFSPs charge fees for e-filing and related services. These fees vary by EFSP and transaction.