A brief overview of the eFiling process for cases in the Superior Court Department.
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Overview of the eFiling Process
eFileMA allows litigants to easily initiate court cases and eFile documents in participating courts anytime and from anywhere — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Filing through eFile significantly streamlines the case filing process and provides benefits to both the filer and the court.
Who can eFile in the Superior Court?
Electronic filing can be done by anyone who has access to a computer and the internet. eFiling is open to attorneys, self-represented litigants, legal aid services, state agencies, and others with business before the court.
Which counties accept eFiling?
All Superior Courts with civil cases accept eFiling.
Which cases can be eFiled in the Superior Court?
Currently, eFiling is permitted in civil actions concerning: contract/business disputes, torts, equitable remedies, real property, the state of Massachusetts or a municipality, administrative actions, miscellaneous civil actions and business litigation (Suffolk only).
Matters for which eFiling is not currently available are: criminal cases, civil actions involving incarcerated parties, review of sex offender classifications, abuse/harassment-prevention cases, summary process matters, and restricted civil actions.
Please refer to the Superior Court Civil Action Cover Sheet for specific case designations.
How can documents be eFiled in the Superior Court?
In order to eFile in the Superior Court, the filer will need to register for an account in Tyler (www.efilema.com). After registering, the filer will need to scan the documents to be eFiled. Please refer to the Guide on How to eFile in the Superior Court on what correspondences will need to be submitted in order for the envelope to be approved. The Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete the entry package and submit it to the Superior Court through Tyler.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some common reasons that an envelope may be rejected?
An envelope may be rejected for such reasons as the submission being untimely, because of a lack of jurisdiction (e.g., filed in the wrong county), or because the submission is incomplete. There may be other reasons for rejection, but these are common ones. If a submission is rejected by the Court, the filer may refile the submission after necessary corrections are made, based on feedback that the filer receives from the Court.
What documents do I need to submit in order to be approved for a payment waiver?
If the filer seeks waiver of the fee for eFiling, the filer must include the Affidavit of Indigency with the initial entry package. The Court will determine whether the filer is eligible for the waiver.
What method of payment can be used to eFile in Tyler?
Currently, Tyler accepts eCheck and credit card (MasterCard, Visa and American Express)
What are the current associated fees in Tyler?
Effective June 1, 2020, the eFile Provider Fee is $22.00 for each new eFiled case (a one-time charge, paid with the initial eFiled envelope). For any existing case, there will be no additional eFile Fee for submitting an envelope.
The filer must continue to pay the standard Court Fee required for initiating the case in the Superior Court, as well as the Payment Service Fee on the eFiled submission ($0.25 per eCheck/ACH, or 2.89% for credit card).
When is the cutoff time to submit an eFiled envelope?
The cutoff time to submit an eFile envelope is 11:59 p.m. of each day.
What is the maximum size for a document that can be uploaded to Tyler?
The maximum size is 25MB.
What type of files can I submit through Tyler?
Only PDFs can be uploaded through Tyler.