Getting Ready to E-File

Learn How to Register for E-Filing and About the Payment and Waiver of eFileMA.com Fees

Registration for E-Filing through eFileMA.com

To e-file, first a user must register with the Court's e-filing vendor at eFileMA.com.  The e-filing vendor has produced short, instructional videos that walk you through the process of registering your law firm, registering individual user accounts, and setting up payments accounts, all of which are essential first steps that must be completed prior to being able to e-file into a case.  To view the videos, go to this page and click "Getting Started Videos."

Please note that sole practitioner attorneys, and attorneys working for non-firm entities such as in-house counsel for corporations must still register as a "firm."  Out-of-state attorneys that do not have a Massachusetts BBO number should register as an individual user.

Payment and Waiver of eFileMA.com Fees

The Supreme Judicial Court has authorized the e-filing vendor (Tyler Technologies) to charge fees for use of the site.  Each time that you submit documents through eFileMA.com there is an associated fee payable to Tyler Technologies.  This fee is typically $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.

You may waive this fee by using a "waiver account" set up as a "payment method" in the eFileMA.com system.  You may use a waiver account if:

  1. You represent the Commonwealth.
  2. You or your client was determined indigent by the Appeals Court at the initiation of the case you are filing into.
  3. You are CPCS-appointed counsel in a criminal case.
  4. Your submission consists exclusively of documents previously required to be filed by email (and not paper) by the former standing orders regarding docketing statements and post-panel motions and letters.
  5. Your submission consists of subsequent volumes of a filing that was broken up to comply with the size limitations (e.g.  Appendix Volume II of III).

Use of a waiver account outside the above situations will result in a rejection of your filing.

Set up and Administration of a Firm Account

The Appeals Court has also created several PDF guides giving in depth instructions for how to set up and administer a Firm account.  Those guides can be found below.  

Additional Resources for Set up and Administration of a Firm Account

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