E-filing in the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

This page explains how to electronically (e-file) applications for further appellate review (FAR) and direct appellate review (DAR) with the clerk's office

Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

The Details of E-filing in the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

What you need for E-filing in the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

The following information has been prepared by the clerk's office to provide basic information to guide you through the registration process for e-fileMA. Please read all of the information carefully to avoid making e-filing mistakes that could prevent you from filing electronically. E-filing is not mandatory. Parties may file applications for further appellate review and direct appellate review to the clerk's office by mail.

The clerk's office offers guides on how to file cases to the Full Court, and a guide for attorneys and people representing themselves in court. Those guides are linked under the "Related" tab.

Getting started

  • Before e-filing, you will need to review Interim Electronic Filing Rules for Pilot Courts
  • You will need to register with the e-filing company, Tyler Technologies, and pay a fee (information about how to register is below)
  • You may file applications for further appellate review and direct appellate review. Please be aware that the clerk's office does not accept the following:
    • E-filed documents in impounded cases
    • Motions to waive the filing fee
    • Affidavits of indigency
  • You do not need to send a copy of the application to the Appeals Court

Make sure you do the following

  • Attach the Appeals Court decision to the application for further appellate review
  • Attach a certificate of service
  • Include the Appeals Court case number in the lower court case number field
  • Enter the correct Appeals Court case number
  • Cover letters are not necessary and should not be included as part of the application or as a separate filing

About the filing fee

  • Tyler Technologies, the e-filing vendor, charges $7 as a convenience fee for each envelope submitted. The envelope may contain up to 3 documents.
  • There is no convenience fee charged in criminal cases. You may set up and use a waiver account for these cases. If you represent the Commonwealth or your client has previously been determined indigent, you may set up a waiver account and choose "waiver" in the fee section before you submit your envelope.
  • If you file an application for further appellate review in a civil case, your entry fee is $270 plus the $7 e-filing vendor fee for a total of $277.

 

How to file E-filing in the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

You have to register for e-fileMA here: https://efilema.tylerhost.net/ofsweb. The registration page has a variety of helpful resources and information about how to use the service.

You may also call the e-filing company, Tyler Technologies, at 1-800-297-5377, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Central Time, if you have trouble with the registration process or have technical difficulties completing your submission.

You may also call or email the clerk's office with any questions.

Contact for E-filing in the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for the Commonwealth

Address
Francis V. Kenneally, Clerk
John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02108
Phone

Open Mon. - Fri. (except holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fax
617-557-1145

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