Electronic Submission Required

Learn about what types of filings may or must be filed electronically.

The Appeals Court requires that certain filings be made electronically, by using the electronic filing system, eFileMA.com. Learn about when you must file electronically. Note that any document that is not identified as mandatory below may nonetheless be e-filed voluntarily by the attorney or party. The Appeals Court encourages all attorneys and self-represented litigants in public, partially impounded, and impounded cases, to e-file every document submitted to the court. See the governing standing order here.

 

Types of filings that must be e-filed by an attorney:

All Filings in Criminal Panel Cases

All documents in public and partially impounded criminal panel cases (on the court's "P" docket) must be e-filed.

Briefs and Appendices in Civil Panel Cases

All briefs and appendices in public and partially impounded civil panel cases (on the court's "P" docket) must be e-filed.

All Docketing Statements

All docketing statements, in public and partially impounded civil and criminal panel cases, must be e-filed pursuant to the Appeals Court Standing Order Concerning Docketing Statements for All Appeals (Civil and Criminal). Filers may request a waiver of the Provider convenience fee using a waiver account.

All Motions and Letters Filed After Panel Assignment

After the Appeals Court assigns a case to a panel of justices for consideration on the merits, either with or without oral argument, all subsequent filings in the case must be e-filed. This requirement applies in all public and partially impounded civil and criminal panel cases. Filers may request a waiver of the Provider convenience fee using a waiver account.

All Filings on the Single Justice Docket

All documents in public and partially impounded single justice cases (on the court's "J" docket) must be e-filed.

Impounded Documents

Impounded documents may be e-filed through eFileMA.com, but there is no requirement to e-file an impounded document.

 

 

Guide to Creating Searchable Portable Document Files (PDF)

For information about how to create searchable PDF documents, follow the instructions on our e-filing FAQ page.

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