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D.C. Superior Court Mandates eFiling of Civil Division Complaints

February 23, 2015

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has issued an administrative order mandating the eFiling of complaints in certain types of cases within the Civil Division starting on May 4. The expansion of mandatory eFiling to the Civil Division is part of the court’s effort to implement eFiling in all divisions and branches where technologically feasible and consistent with legal requirements.

Under the order, which was issued on February 13, plaintiffs represented by an attorney in specified Civil Division cases are required to eFile complaints. Unrepresented parties may, but are not required to, eFile complaints.

The court will observe a transition period between March 2 and May 3 during which time parties may, but are not required to, eFile complaints. This transition period will not affect mandatory eFiling and eService in civil cases.

Additionally, the court will hold an informational meeting on March 4 to discuss the new procedures for electronic case initiation eFiling in civil action cases. The meeting will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Avenue NW, Board of Judges Conference Room 6405.

For more information about the informational meeting, contact Zabrina Dempson, director of the Civil Division of the D.C. Superior Court, at 202-879-1680 or [email protected].

Previous administrative orders regarding eFiling and a list of case types for which eFiling is mandatory can be found on the court’s Web site.

View the administrative order.