Learn about e-filing in the Trial Court

Are you interested in e-filing? Learn more here.

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Who can e-file?

Any litigant (attorney, self represented, state agency, etc.) may e-file. E-filing is not mandatory at this time, however, it is recommended for the cases listed below. If the initial complaint/petition is e-filed, it is recommended to e-file everything from that point on. Subsequent filings can be e-filed as long as you have the correct docket number from the court case.

You must be a registered user to e-file. You can register online

Which courts accept e-filing?

Court department Case types accepted
Boston Municipal Court Civil, small claims, supplementary process
District Court Civil, small claims, supplementary process
Housing Court

Eastern, Central, Western, Northeast, Southeast, and Metro-South divisions: Small claims, supplementary process, summary process*.

Probate & Family Court Estates & administration, divorce 1B, guardianship of incapacitated persons
Superior Court Barnstable, Middlesex & Worcester Superior Courts: Contract/business cases, equitable remedies, real property, actions involving state/municipality, administrative civil actions, miscellaneous civil actions, torts

See the comprehensive list of all Massachusetts courts that are utilizing e-filing

* Only available for attorneys

Which Trial Court forms can be e-filed?

Currently, you can e-file:

  • Small claims
  • Supplementary process
  • Adult guardianship
  • 1B divorce cases
  • Estates and administration 

How do I register to use e-filing?

Go to www.efilema.com and click on the “Get started!” icon. You will also find self-help tutorials, frequently asked questions, and web training sessions to help you e-file for the first time.

How to fill out e-file forms

Information entered in fillable forms can't be “Saved” or saved with “Save as” in a format for successful e-filing, although with some readers the information can be saved and retrieved for further work/data entry. The information may also be lost. However, the information will be retained and the document may be e-filed if you “Print” the form to PDF, using the PDF application in your “Printer selection” menu under “Print.” When using “Print to PDF”, a dialogue box showing your folders and files will open — simply name the file and select the folder (perhaps the folder for that particular case) where you wish to have the form with the information kept, and “Print.” You may then upload the file to the Tyler e-filing application for filing.

Most “Print selection” menus have a “Print to PDF” application. If your “Printer selection” doesn't have a PDF option, you can download one at no charge — simply Google “Print to PDF” to find an application, and, once downloaded, add it as a printer.

These forms may be signed using the /S/ signature method permitted by the Electronic Filing Rules. For the time being, not all fillable forms will permit the /S/ signature to be filled in, and not all forms are fillable. Should you encounter either issue, then depending on the issue, please print the form itself and manually sign, or complete all information on the printed form and manually sign, or use an electronically inserted image intended to substitute for a signature, and then scan the completed form into your computer and upload using the Tyler application. We regret the inconvenience, and should have all forms fillable and able to accept signature in the near future.

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How to submit e-file forms

Each time you submit documents through efileMA, there is an associated fee payable to Tyler Technologies. This fee is $7. The $7 fee is applied to each submission, regardless of the number of included documents, and will not be charged until your filing is accepted by the court. Each document must be uploaded separately using its own specific filing code. If there are multiple documents submitted within one filing code, the filing will be returned by the court and must be corrected and re-submitted.

You will receive an email with an envelope number once you submit your documents to the court. An envelope number in Tyler represents the documents submitted by you when initiating a case or filing into an existing case. This envelope number is used to track the status of the filings until they are either accepted or returned. If accepted, you will receive email verification, with the docket # attached, and your credit card will be charged.

If a filing is returned, you will receive an email and all documents will be returned including a brief explanation as to why the filing is incorrect. Your credit card will not be charged. When you look into your returned cases, if you click the "Action" drop down and select “Copy envelope”, the documents will automatically upload into a new envelope. You will need to complete the party information, but the documents from the returned envelope will already be uploaded. This allows you to easily fix the incorrect filing(s) within the first envelope. Once all the necessary information is complete, you may re-submit the new envelope.

I'm having a technical issue with the Tyler website, who should I contact?

You must contact Tyler using the number provided if there are any technical issues within the Tyler website. To contact Tyler, call 1 (800) 297-5377. All procedural questions can still be directed to the court.



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Last updated: April 1, 2019