File in a District (Trial) Court


Effective September 1, 2015, Google Chrome will no longer support websites that use Silverlight, including the current eFile & eServe (eFS) website.  Minnesota filers are encouraged to use a compatible web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) to eFile and eServe. If users are unable to use Internet Explorer or Firefox, they may utilize a different website

Due to these changes, the eFile and eServe system will be unavailable starting Monday, August 31, 2015, at 6 p.m., and may remain unavailable until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, to implement enhancements to the eFS application. For more information, please visit the eFile Updates tab below. 

Registered User Filing Guide - Pursuant to Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.03 (g), everyone who uses eFiling and eService needs to follow the Guide.

Currently, there are two ways to file a case (or file a document in a case) in district court.

 

eFiling and eService

Electronic filing and service (eFiling and eService) is currently available in 11 pilot counties (found in the "District Courts Currently Mandating or Offering eFiling and eService" tab) . 

Since July 1, 2015, use of the eFile and eServe system has been mandatory for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem in all court cases filed in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties. Also since July 1, 2015, other court filers – such as self-represented litigants and medical examiners – have been able to use the eFile and eServe system in the 11 pilot counties.

By the end of 2015, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is aiming to make eFiling and eService available in the remaining 76 counties. Use of the eFile and eServe system for cases filed in those counties will be voluntary upon implementation. More information on when eFiling and eService will be available in the non-pilot counties will be provided in the future.

On July 1, 2016, use of the eFile and eServe system will become mandatory for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem in all district court cases statewide.

Charging documents (criminal complaints, citations, and tab charges) are not filed through the eFile and eServe system; the same is true for juvenile delinquency petitions and citations. See Minn. R. Crim. Pro. 1.06, subd. 2; Minn. R. Juv. Del. P. 6.03, subd. 2.

Information regarding the filing of charging documents  

Attorneys and government agencies, including sheriffs, must use the eFile and eServe system to file other non-charging documents in the 11 pilot counties, effective July 1, 2015.  Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.01(b)(1).”
 

Filing paper documents at the courthouse

Unless required to use the eFile and eServe system, court users can file paper documents and court forms at the appropriate court facility

The Civil Actions help topic includes additional information on filing or responding to a summons and complaint.

Both electronic and paper filings will be subject to the appropriate filing fee.



Registered User Filing GuidePursuant to Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.03 (g), everyone who uses eFiling and eService needs to follow the Guide.

Below is a 3-step guide for starting eFiling

Step #1:  Designate an eFile "Administrator"
Choose a firm/agency representative(s) to be an eFile "Administrator." The eFile Administrator will be responsible for creating and managing the account and firm user information.

Step #2:   eFile and eServe Training
The eFile Administrator should receive training BEFORE registering an account for the firm/agency in the system. The training is important because it provides details on how to manage an account and add more administrators. Any user identified by the eFile Administrator may also receive training.

Step #3:   Register for an OFS Account
Click on "Register Now" in the login box in the eFile and eServe application to complete the registration process and set up an account for a firm or agency. NOTE: The eFile Administrator only needs to register and create an account one time to enable legal professionals in their firm or agency to eFile and eServe in any court where the service has been made available.

An Internet browser is required. We recommend Firefox 9.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0 or a higher release version. Neither Chrome or Safari are recommended web browsers. 

eFiling will come at a minimal cost to you.  Besides the browser, all that will be required will be a valid eMail address, which you must update in the system if it changes at any time in the future, and a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card for the statutory filing and eServe fee. American Express is not accepted.

Aug 27, 2015- Important Announcement for eFile & eServe (eFS) System Users Regarding Web Browser Compatibility and System Unavailability
 

Beginning September 1, 2015, some web browsers will no longer support the Silverlight platform, which is necessary to use eFS. The only web browsers that will continue to support Silverlight is Internet Explorer (IE), version 10 and higher, and Mozilla Firefox. If you attempt to access eFS with other web browsers, you may receive a message that your web browser is not compatible.

During this transition, the eFile and eServe system will be unavailable starting Monday, August 31 at 6 p.m., with a planned end time of Tuesday, September 1 at 8 a.m.

It is recommended that filers always use IE, version 10 and higher, when accessing eFS. You can download IE at the Microsoft website, and resume your work in eFS as normal. There is no change in eFS functionality or appearance.

The Judicial Branch’s goal is to make using eFS a seamless experience for all users. Until a solution for the browser compatibility issue is in place, an alternative method of accessing eFS is available for users who are unable to use IE or Firefox.

The alternative is a new platform called HTML5. This will require using a different link to access eFS. The eFS interface using the HTML5 platform looks different from the Silverlight platform, and may prove more difficult to navigate for users. For more information, see:

Please note that users trying to access eFS with the new Windows 10 operating system can choose to use a new built-in browser called Edge. Edge is compatible only with the HTML5 platform. As an alternative, Windows 10 users can select to use IE instead of Edge to access eFS.  
 
Compatible Browsers with eFS:
 
Web Browser eFS in the Silverlight Platform
(eFS version as of 9/1/2015)
eFS in the HTML5 Platform
(eFS version as of 9/1/2015)
Internet Explorer (IE), Version 10 and higher Yes Yes
Edge (available only with Windows 10) No, but Edge users can choose IE, instead (see the Tyler user manual) Yes
Chrome No Yes
Firefox Yes Yes
Safari No Yes
 
Contact the MN eFile Support Center for assistance:
  • Business Hours: Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (CST); Closed state government holidays, except Columbus Day.
  • Email: MN eFile Support Team
  • Phone: 651-227-2002 (if calling from 612, 651, 763, or 952) or 855-291-8246 (if calling from all other area codes) 


June 29, 2015, Message to Justice partner and court stakeholder organizations 

I am sending this message as a reminder of the major amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court that take effect this Wednesday, July 1, as well as the scheduled maintenance of the eFile and eServe system scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, June 30. Please feel free to share this reminder with your members/stakeholders/employees.

Court Rules amendments take effect July 1

The recent amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court will become effective this Wednesday, July 1. Among numerous other changes, these amendments:

  • Require attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem to electronically file and serve documents in all court cases filed in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties effective July 1, 2015.
  • Require prosecutors filing a criminal complaint in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties to electronically file the complaint through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) eCharging system effective July 1, 2015.
The 11 eCourtMN pilot counties include: Cass, Clay, Cook, Dakota, Faribault, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Lake, Morrison, Ramsey, and Washington counties.
 
eFiling and eService to be temporarily unavailable June 30

The eFile and eServe system will not be available starting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 4:30 p.m., and may remain unavailable until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. During this time, certain functionalities of the eFile and eServe system will be updated to reflect recent amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court. To assist in the timely implementation of the system upgrade, users are asked to log off the eFile and eServe system by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30th.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted a document to prepare system users for this upgrade:  If system unavailability prevents you from electronic filing where mandatory, an exception may be requested to the mandatory eFiling requirement under Minnesota General Rule of Practice 14.01(c).
 
Resources related to the Court Rules Amendments:

To help court users prepare for the amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court, the State Court Administrator’s Office is offering:

Training and Resources Available to Filers:

In order to help attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem prepare for mandatory eFiling and eService, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted informational resources, training materials, and a three-step guide to starting eFiling on the Resources tab of this page. Training on how to use the eFile and eServe system is available through live and recorded webinars, and in-person at both the Hennepin County Government Center and, in June and July, the Ramsey County Courthouse.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch also operates a support center for filers with questions about the eFile and eServe system. The eFile Support Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached at (651) 227-2002, 1-855-291-8246, or by e-mail via the Minnesota Judicial Branch website. For more information, please visit the eFile Support Center.
 
Beau Berentson
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Court Information Office
State Court Administration
Minnesota Judicial Branch
Office: (651) 296-6043
Cell: (651) 303-4933
beau.berentson@courts.state.mn.us


June 19, 2015: State Court Administrator’s Office offering two free 1.5-hour CLEs on New Minnesota Court Rules: Overview of the Civil, General, and Access Rules and Overview of the Juvenile Protection Rules

Registered User Electronic Filing Guide - 6/15/15

Two additional CLE sessions on the Civil, General, and Access Rules have been scheduled and are included in the chart below: June 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington County Government Center, and July 7 from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Polk County Justice Center.

The Minnesota Supreme Court has made major amendments to Minnesota’s court rules.  The amendments will change the practice of law in Minnesota’s state courts, and will go into effect on July 1, 2015.  The Legal Counsel Division of the State Court Administrator’s Office is offering presentations to help court staff, attorneys, and legal professionals understand the changes to the court rules.  The changes will affect everyone who uses the court system. 

Please refer to Resources for Rules Changes for additional information.

The CLEs have been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit for each presentation.
CLE Presentations (Registration is not necessary)

July 1, 2015 – General/Civil/Access
Elmer Andersen Building
Rooms 2370/2380
540 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

July 1, 2015 – General/Civil/Access
Room C12
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55487
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

July 7, 2015 – General/Civil/Access
Polk County Justice Center
816 Marin Ave
Crookston, MN  56716
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

July 8, 2015 – CHIPS
St. Louis County Courthouse
100 North 5th Avenue W.
Duluth, MN 55802-1285
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

July 22, 2015 – General/Civil/Access
Lake County Courthouse
601 Third Ave
Two Harbors, MN  55616
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 

If you have questions, contact Patrick Busch of the SCAO Legal Counsel Division at patrick.busch@courts.state.mn.us or (651) 297-1463.


June 17, 2015 - eFiling Will Be Disrupted Tuesday, June 30; New Court Rules take effect July 1

The eFile and eServe system will be not be available starting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 4:30 p.m., and may remain unavailable until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, to allow the Minnesota Judicial Branch to implement these enhancements. During this time, users will be unable to electronically file or serve documents. To assist in the timely implementation of the system upgrade, users are asked to log off the eFile and eServe system by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30th.

Certain functionalities of the eFile and eServe system will be updated to reflect the changes to the Minnesota Rules of Court. The Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted a document to prepare system users for this upgrade:

Training and resources available to filers

In order to help attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem prepare for mandatory eFiling and eService, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted informational resources, training materials, and a three-step guide to starting eFiling.

Training on how to use the eFile and eServe system is available through live and recorded webinars, and in-person at both the Hennepin County Government Center and, in June and July, the Ramsey County Courthouse.

More information on training available to filers, including details on how to register for online or in-person training

The Minnesota Judicial Branch also operates a support center for filers with questions about the eFile and eServe system. The eFile Support Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached at (651) 227-2002, 1-855-291-8246, or by e-mail via the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.

If system unavailability prevents you from electronic filing where mandatory, an exception may be requested to the mandatory eFiling requirement under Minnesota General Rule of Practice 14.01(d); 14.01(f)(1).

Below is a link to detailed information regarding all past occurrences of the eFiling and eService system unavailability. This information should be included along with an exception request to the court.

Outage Log/eFiling and eService Unavailability


June 15, 2015 - State Court Administrator’s Office has published the Minnesota District Court Registered User Electronic Filing Guide

The State Court Administrator’s Office has published the Minnesota District Court Registered User Electronic Filing Guide, which establishes formatting requirements for electronically filed documents.  Starting on July 1, 2015, everyone who uses the electronic filing system in Minnesota’s state courts must follow the formatting requirements set out in the guide.  For the convenience of filers, the guide also contains a general description of some of the court rules that apply to electronic filing.

The guide will be subject to period updates to reflect technological developments.  The most current version of the guide will be available on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website on the Overview tab of this page.


June 3, 2015 - eFiling becomes mandatory for attorneys, agencies, GALs in 11 pilot counties on July 1

Statewide rollout of eFiling coming later this year

Beginning July 1, 2015, attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem will be required to electronically file and serve documents in all court cases filed in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties. This includes all cases filed in Cass, Clay, Cook, Dakota, Faribault, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Lake, Morrison, Ramsey, and Washington counties.

On July 1, 2016, those same filers will be required to electronically file and serve documents in all district court cases statewide.

Expanding the availability and mandatory use of the eFile and eServe system is a major milestone in the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s eCourtMN initiative, which is transforming the state’s court system by replacing paper-based court files with an electronic information environment. The goal of the eCourtMN initiative – which received a 2014 State Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs – is to make the state’s court system more accessible, more efficient, and more convenient for court customers.

One of the key elements of the eCourtMN initiative is giving case participants the ability to submit documents to the court and serve documents to opposing parties electronically, through an online portal. This allows court customers to file documents without traveling to the courthouse or paying for postage or courier costs, allows filers to submit documents immediately and outside of courthouse business hours, and allows court documents to be sent to filers electronically.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch began pilot testing eFiling and eService in 2012, and today attorneys and government agencies are able to eFile and eServe in 11 pilot counties, though use of the system is optional in several case types.

In April, the Minnesota Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court that provided a timeline for a statewide expansion of eFiling and eService to all 87 Minnesota counties:

  • July 1, 2015: Use of the eFile and eServe system will become mandatory for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem in all court cases filed in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties.

  • End of 2015: By the end of 2015, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is aiming to make eFiling and eService available in the remaining 76 counties. Use of the eFile and eServe system for cases filed in those counties will be voluntary upon implementation. More information on when eFiling and eService will be available in the non-pilot counties will be provided in the future.

  • July 1, 2016: Use of the eFile and eServe system will become mandatory for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem in all district court cases statewide.

Other court filers – such as self-represented litigants and medical examiners – will be able to begin eFiling in the 11 pilot counties on July 1, 2015, and in other counties as eFiling becomes available. These filers will be able to choose whether to file on paper or through the eFile and eServe system, though Court Rules require that once a filer has used the eFile and eServe system to file a document, he or she must use the eFile and eServe system for all future documents filed in that case.

Training and Resources Available to Filers

In order to help attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem prepare for mandatory eFiling and eService, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted informational resources, training materials, and a three-step guide to starting eFiling. Training on how to use the eFile and eServe system is available through live and recorded webinars, and in-person at both the Hennepin County Government Center and, in June and July, the Ramsey County Courthouse.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch also operates a support center for filers with questions about the eFile and eServe system. The eFile Support Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached at (651) 227-2002, 1-855-291-8246, or by contact form.


April 29, 2015 – eFiling and eService to be Mandatory for All Case Types in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties

Effective July 1, 2015, eFiling and eService will be mandatory for all case types for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem in the 11 eCourtMN pilot counties (Cass, Clay, Cook, Dakota, Faribault, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Lake, Morrison, Ramsey, and Washington).

This requirement is part of recent amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court, enacted by a Minnesota Supreme Court order issued on April 23, 2015. The amendments were adopted after an extensive process to update the Minnesota Rules of Court to accommodate electronic filing and service in the district courts.

More information on eFiling and eService, including resources for filers and contact information for the eFile Support Center tab.
 

April 20, 2015 – eFile System Upgrade Successfully Installed

To learn more about the changes implemented in this release, please review the New Functionality Quick Reference Guide for Filers (eFS 3.10) Installed 4/17/2015. In addition, our ongoing eFile and eServe Training Sessions have been updated to reflect the changes in this release.
 

April 8, 2015 – eFile System Upgrade scheduled for April 17

The eFile and eServe system will not be available starting Friday, April 17, 2015, at 5 p.m. and may be unavailable until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015. During this time, users may not be able to electronically file or serve documents.

This scheduled downtime is necessary for the implementation of an eFile and eServe system upgrade. To learn more about the changes implemented in this release, please review the New Functionality Quick Reference Guide for Filers (eFS 3.10) Installed 4/17/2015. In addition, our ongoing eFile and eServe Training Sessions have been updated to reflect the changes in this release.

Future System Updates

Additional updates to the eFile and eServe system are expected in mid-May. The Minnesota Judicial Branch is implementing a standard system configuration that will ensure filers have a consistent user experience when eFiling or eServing in any district court. Establishing a standard system configuration will improve both the user experience and the support services offered to filers. More information about these changes will be communicated in the near future.



Live Web-based (Webinar) sessions are available for attorneys, law firm administrators, legal staff, and justice partners wishing to use the eFile and eServe System. The sessions last approximately 90 minutes, with time for questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

If you have previously registered your firm and previously attended training for eFiling and eServing in a particular district court, you do not need to re-register and attend training again. Registration and training is applicable statewide, regardless of when you plan to or are able to eFile in a particular court.

Schedule:
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM CST Register
  • Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM CST Register
  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM CST Register
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM CST Register
  • Monday, October 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM CST Register
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM CST Register
Before your scheduled training, please use this link to test your computer and ensure you have the necessary software to log into the WebEx session: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html.

A recording of a live Web-based (Webinar) session is also available for attorneys, law firm administrators, legal staff members, and others wishing to register for eFile and eServe. Viewing this recorded Webinar is an option for those whose schedule does not permit attendance at either the live Web-based (Webinar) sessions or the in-person training sessions in Hennepin County District Court. The recording runs 1 hour and 42 minutes.

View the Recorded Webinar. You do not need to call in as instructed at the beginning of the recording; call-ins are only necessary when particpating in the live sessions listed above.

Who Should Attend?

External Filers: Private Attorneys, Paralegals for Private Attorneys, Justice Partners: Anyone that would benefit from training on the eFile and eServe system.

When Are the Sessions Being Held?

No sessions are scheduled at this time, but please check back for updates.
 

Room and Location

Grand Jury Room
Ramsey County Courthouse
15 West Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
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How do I register?

Please send an email to ona.pradhan@courts.state.mn.us.

No CLEs are being offered at this time.

eFile and eServe (eFS) Resources

eFS System Updates:
Fast Facts on eFS
Quick Reference Guides on eFS
Registering Using Internet Explorer & Firefox Browsers (Recommended)
Registering Using Chrome & Safari Browsers (if unable to us IE or Firefox)
Other Quick Reference Guides
Other eFS Resources

Videos

The use of eFiling and eService is mandatory for all cases filed in the following counties by Attorneys, Government Agencies, and Guardians ad Litem (See Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.01):

  • Cass County
  • ​Clay County 
  • Cook County
  • Dakota County
  • Faribault
  • Hennepin County 
  • Kandiyohi County
  • Lake County
  • Morrison County 
  • Ramsey County
  • Washington County 
Charging documents (criminal complaints, citations, and tab charges) are not filed through the eFile and eServe system; the same is true for juvenile delinquency petitions and citations. See Minn. R. Crim. Pro. 1.06, subd. 2; Minn. R. Juv. Del. P. 6.03, subd. 2. 

Information regarding the filing of charging documents  

Attorneys and government agencies, including sheriffs, must use the eFile and eServe system to file other non-charging documents in the 11 pilot counties, effective July 1, 2015.  Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 14.01(b)(1).”

Vision

Minnesota courts will operate in an electronic information environment that will ensure convenient, timely, and appropriate access to case information for all stakeholders.

  • All cases will be eFiled or submitted on paper and converted to electronic images.
  • Justice system partners and other external constituents will have secure access to electronic records.
  • Court processes will be streamlined due to efficiencies gained from electronic records.
  • Judges and court staff will rely on electronic records.

Goals

1.  Increase productivity and reduce operational costs by using and providing electronic court information

2.  Provide easy to use electronic court services to constituents

  • Engage with constituents to create solutions

3.  Build secure and reliable business and technical infrastructure to support electronic court services

  • Transform court processes
  • Proactively examine existing rules, statutes and policies and seek needed changes
  • Build a sound and secure technical infrastructure
  • Assure comprehensive disaster recovery

4.  Promote and facilitate culture change from paper processes to electronic court processes

  • Implement a consistent, statewide solution
  • Actively support and educate judges, court staff and external constituents
  • Continuously identify business processes for increased efficiencies

5.  Create a fiscally sensible, cost neutral electronic court records process for ongoing operations

  • Determine methods to make eCourt self-supporting
  • Implement related tools

Benefits

  • Litigants will be able to file case documents without going to the courthouse.
  • Judges, court staff, and litigants will be able to view and work with the most up-to-date case documents, even when someone else is viewing the case file.
  • Court records not considered confidential under the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch will be viewable through the Judicial Branch Website.

Technologies

  • eFiling (including eCitations and eCharging)
  • eService
  • ePayments
  • Electronic document management, including document imaging
  • Desktop tools will be available for judges to view case records
  • Electronic transmission of cases to the appellate courts
  • eTools (eSignature, eNoticing, eCertification, and other tools that allow for electronic processing of orders)


On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgated amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court, which govern court proceedings and access to court records in the state. The amendments are effective July 1, 2015.

Amendments were promulgated to each of the court rules listed below. The links below provide direct access to the orders issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgating the rules amendments: