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D.C. Court of Appeals Starts eFiling, Superior Court Expands System

August 3, 2016

Starting August 8, the D.C. Court of Appeals will begin accepting documents through its new eFiling system for all existing cases. Early next year the court will mandate electronic filing for all but self-represented parties.

The eFiling system will go live at https://efile.dcappeals.gov on August 8. It also can be accessed through the Appellate Cases Online link on the court's Web site at www.dccourts.gov/aco, where docket information can be viewed in real time.

To learn more about the court's eFiling initiative, see Administrative Order 2-16.

At the D.C. Superior Court, the Criminal Division and the Domestic Violence Unit have begun accepting criminal case documents via eFiling for all but self-represented parties since July 18. Prosecutors have been electronically filing complaints in such cases for over a year, but the system has now been expanded to allow defense attorneys to do the same.

Starting September 26, defense attorneys handling cases in both divisions will be required to e-file. As with all other Superior Court divisions using eFiling, self-represented parties may e-file, but are not be required to do so.

"I am pleased to see the latest phase of our eFiling implementation put into place. EFiling ensures that documents are available sooner and improves the speed and accuracy of filing," said D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield. "With eFiling, our system is stronger and both lawyers and the public are better served."

To learn more about eFiling within the Superior Court, see Administrative Order 16-12.