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For example, a new complaint will need: court information, location, case type, party information, possibly the value sought in the complaint, and so forth. Many follow-up filings need less information however some filings that contain amended complaints, third party complaints, counter complaints and so forth can require just as much data as an initial complaint.
The Filer Interface allows the filer to pay court fees using credit cards or by using an escrow account embedded in the CMS if applicable. There is no software for the filer to install, but the filer does need to have a reasonable connection to the Internet and a way to create their documents electronically and scan in exhibits and attachments.
For each submission, the filer receives several status updates. Each status shows the condition of the filing which includes, when the court receives the submission, and when it was accepted for docketing or rejected by the clerk. Within the response to each submission the clerk can add comments. The comments can be instructional or they can be statements of why rejections were made. There are times when the rejection comments are automatically generated; for example if there was a virus in one of the embedded documents the system would automatically reject the submission and identify that it has a virus.
The Filer Interface is also where the filer receives e-service or e-notifications of documents that were submitted by other participants on the case including items from the clerk or judge. Through this interface the filer can download the documents electronically that are associated with the service. Although e-service or e-notifications also go out as an email the reliability of email can sometimes be uncertain so Tybera’s eFlex includes a notification interface for the filer to log into and view their notices.
Within the Filer Interface each user has a listing of the cases they have electronically participated in. When a new filer joins an existing case, the new filer must provide certain information so the system can verify that the case exists and that the participants they represent also exist on the case.
The Filer Interface limits access to documents on given cases until the submission has gone through the Clerk Review process. This is important when documents or cases are confidential or sealed yet the court still wishes to allow filers to electronically participate on these cases.