Sensitive date is defined in Rule 21c of the new Texas Rules of Civil Procedure that were effective January 1, 2014. You, as the filer, must remove all sensitive data from filings you submit, regardless of whether they are eFiled or paper filed. If you must include the sensitive date, you are required to notify the clerk of court as specified in Rule 21c. If you file a document with sensitive data and fail to provide notice as required, the clerk of court may return the filing for correction. For more information on Rule 21c, click here.
The filing that is to be docketed into the case (e.g., petition, motion, answer, counterclaim, notice, etc.), should be specified as your lead document. Documents you wish to append to the pleading as exhibits or attachments should be specified as such. You may either attach the exhibits to your pleading/lead document separately, or you may scan the exhibits/attachments behind the pleading and upload. It is not necessary to attach the exhibits separately. Please feel free to use either method, whichever is more convenient for you.
Pro per and pro se parties are currently not eligible to use the e-filing system. Pro se parties will receive documents from the court and other parties using the currently applicable paper process, whether it is by personal service or by mail.
If pro se parties request a copy of a court record, they would also use current paper methods request and pay for a paper copy of the document either by mail or by coming to the Records Center for a copy.
Proposed orders may not be combined into one computer file with a motion or other document.
A proposed order may not be the lead document in an envelope containing a motion or other document. When filed with a motion or other document, a proposed order must be filed as an attachment in the same envelope as the motion or other document. If nothing else is being filed along with the proposed order, the proposed order must be the lead document.
In most court (it's recommended that you check with your specific court if you are uncertain of the process):
The court's rules state that: "A party represented by counsel must eFile any documents... except:
Persons not represented by counsel (self-represented litigants/pro per) may eFile documents, but eFiling is not required.
Counsel may file a motion in connection with a particular case requesting permission to file documents in paper form and after notice and hearing; a court may grant such a motion upon a showing of good cause.
Counsel's electronic signature constitutes the attorney's signature on the document in compliance with the signature requirements in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, and authorizes the payment of all filing fees and service fees associated with the eFiling.
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