Sunday, January 16, 2022

E-Filing Option Now Available to the Public

Members of the public who wish to file their own court documents electronically, including new cases, may now do so using the Florida Courts E-filing portal, which handles the electronic filing of court documents statewide.

The Florida Courts Technology Commission recently gave unanimous approval to allow pro se, or self- represented, litigants the use of the Florida Courts E-portal. Citizens must first register with the portal similar to an attorney, although no Florida Bar number is required.

Also, when filing court documents, pro se filers must comply with Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 which requires confidential information to be identified in any filing, so that the Clerk of Courts can keep confidential information from public view. To access the confidential information form go to

Examples of the kind of cases that are often involve documents filed by pro se litigants include tenant evictions, small claims, and family law forms.

To access the Florida Courts E-portal and register as a self-represented litigant go to

The E-filing option for the public, however, does not provide for viewing court documents online which is governed by the Florida Supreme Court’s Administrative Order SC 14-19.

In Collier County, plans are already underway to provide public access to court documents online within the next six months. Once the Clerk’s application has been approved by the Court, the public will be able to view court documents online using ShowCase, the Clerk’s court information system.

To access information and educational videos related to e-filing in Florida go to:

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