How to Enter a Civil Appeal and Pay the $300 Docketing Fee Through eFileMA.com
Complete the Civil Appeal Entry Form by downloading the PDF form, filling in all the fields, and saving it. A separate form must be filled out for each appealing party, even if represented by the same attorney. Follow the prompts on eFileMA.com to "Start a New Case," select "Appeals Court - Panel (P-Docket)" for the location, and e-file the Civil Appeal Entry Form along with providing payment. After review and acceptance by the Appeals Court, you will receive notice of the case entry with a new docket number (e.g., 2018-P-1234). Once the new case has been entered, you may then file and serve additional documents by following the instructions for filing into an existing case.
Please note that there is no need to enter a criminal appeal, because criminal appeals are automatically entered. For all filings in criminal cases, see the instructions for filing into an existing case.
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How to Enter a New Single Justice Case and Pay the Filing Fee Through eFileMA.com
Consult the applicable standing order to ensure you have all of the required submissions. All of your supporting documents must be in searchable PDF form. The petition or motion should be one PDF file separate from the Memorandum in Support, which is a second file. Any Record Appendix should also be in a separate PDF file or files.
Follow the prompts on eFileMA.com to "Start a New Case", and select "Appeals Court - Single Justice (J Docket)" as the location. When you upload files, be sure to use the "Add Another Filing" button to upload all of the PDF files into a single envelope. When you file, you will pay the $315 or $300 entry fee through the e-filing system. If you qualify for waiver of the fee, you will need to submit a PDF containing a Indigency motion to waive fees accompanied by a separate PDF containing an affidavit of indigency through eFileMA.com.
Impoundment appeals pursuant to the Rule 12 of the Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure should be electronically filed as a petition pursuant to G. L. c. 231, § 118.
Please note that when you submit a document to the court through eFileMA.com, a notification from eFileMA.com will automatically generate and be sent to you, acknowledging the submission. That notification does not mean that the Appeals Court has accepted your submission. Instead, following the Appeals Court Clerk's review of your submission, you will receive a separate notification from eFileMA.com to the effect that your filing has been either accepted, or rejected by the Appeals Court (in the latter case, the notification will state the court's reason for rejection). After review and acceptance by the Appeals Court, you will also receive notice of acceptance from the Appeals Court with a new docket number (e.g., 2018-J-0123). Once the case has been entered, you may then file and serve any additional documents by following the instructions for filing into an existing case.
How to E-File a Motion to Waive the Entry Fee Supported by an Affidavit of Indigency
A panel appeal or single justice case may be entered in the Appeals Court by filing a motion to waive the entry fee supported by an affidavit of indigency. To do so through eFileMA.com, login and select "Start a New Case." Under court location, select either "Appeals Court - Panel (P Docket)" or "Appeals Court - Single Justice (J Docket)" depending on which type of case you are seeking to enter.
Fill in the required case information and party information fields and proceed to the "Filings" dropdown. Under "Filings," select "Indigency motion to waive fees" filing code.
Under "Lead Document," click the upload button and upload a PDF motion to waive the entry fee. Upon uploading the PDF, the motion will appear below "Lead Document" and a dropdown menu titled "Security" will appear immediately to the right of the title of the PDF. Click the "Security" dropdown menu and select "Public." Then select "Save Changes" directly below the "Security" dropdown. Then upload the supporting affidavit of indigency by selecting the "Add Another Filing" button found directly below the "Security" dropdown. Repeat the process selecting the filing code "Indigency Affidavit," uploading the PDF affidavit of indigency, and selecting "Impounded" from the "Security" dropdown menu.
After uploading both the motion to waive the entry fee and supporting affidavit of indigency, continue to use the "Add Another Filing" button to add additional necessary documents. In a panel case, you must additionally upload a completed civil appeal entry form. In a single justice case, you must additionally upload a motion/petition, memorandum in support, appendix, or any other document required by an applicable Standing Order. You must select the correct filing code for each document and properly designate each document as public or impounded.
When entering a new panel appeal or single justice case with a motion to waive the entry fee supported by an affidavit of indigency, you may use a waiver account to waive the fee charged to use the e-filing system. To do this, under the "Fees" portion of the filing screen, select waiver account as the payment type. If you have not already created a waiver account, click here to read how to do so.
After completing the service contacts, fees, and submission agreements portions of the filing screen, select "Summary" at the bottom of the page. On the summary screen, you can confirm you selected the appropriate security setting by clicking directly on the document name under the "Filing Code" heading. This will expand the filing details and display the document security chosen. At any time after submitting the filing, you can review the security setting you selected by selecting "Filing History" in the "Actions" dropdown in the upper-right corner of the screen on eFileMA.com.
After review and acceptance by the Appeals Court, you will receive notice of the case entry with a new docket number (e.g., 2018-P-1234 or 2018-J-555).
Date of Filing Shall be Determined By Court Hours
Pursuant to SJC E-Filing Rule 4(c), a document submitted through eFileMA.com by 11:59 P.M. on a business day shall be deemed to be filed on that day, unless it is rejected by the court. A document submitted on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday shall be considered filed the next business day unless it is rejected by the court.
No Paper Filing is Required
All documents that are e-filed through eFileMA.com shall be submitted electronically only. Neither a paper original nor duplicate should be filed unless specifically requested by the Court.