The Supreme Court of Texas has mandated that all civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in appellate courts, and all non-juvenile civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional courts, and statutory probate courts be filed electronically.
The Brazoria County Clerk’s Office will enforce mandatory e-filing beginning July 1, 2014.
If you are having problems getting started, please take a few minutes to read over some of the FAQ’s below to assist you in the transformation to electronic filing, or visit the E-File website for helpful training videos, web training, and information on choosing an EFSP.
Frequently Asked Questions About E-Filing
Reasons for Rejection of E-filed Documents
A clerk must accept a document tendered for e-filing unless specifically authorized not to accept the document(s) by statute or by the Rules of Civil Procedure for the reasons listed below.
Sealed Documents - Documents filed under seal or presented to court in camera cannot be efiled. TRCP 21(f)(4).
Vexatious Litigant - Filer has been found to be a vexatious litigant and has not presented an order from the local administrative judge permitting the filing. CPRC §11.103.
Request for Correction
A clerk may request a filer to correct an e-filed document only for the following reasons. The request must state the reason and reference any supporting authority as follows:
Insufficient Fees - Fees submitted are insufficient. Please resubmit your filing with the correct case type/filing type. (provide short summary as to what fees were not included) TRCP 99(d) and Gov’t Code, §51.318(b)(7)and (8)Gov’t Code§51.317(a)Local Gov’t Code §118.052; §118.121; or §118.131.
Insufficient Funds - Credit Card was declined. Please resubmit with a valid method of payment. TRCP 99(d) and Gov’t Code,§51.318(b)(7)and (8)Gov’t Code §51.317(a) Local Gov’t Code §118.052; §118.121; or §118.131.
Document Addressed to Wrong Clerk - The document is addressed to a court for which this clerk’s office does not accept filings. Please correct or re-file with the appropriate clerk’s office.
Incorrect/Incomplete Information - Please resubmit using the correct:
- Cause number
- Case Type
- Case Category
- Filing Code
- Party Names on document(s)
Incorrect Formatting - Please resubmit the document:
- By rotating the document so that the file mark will appear in the upper right corner
- In text searchable PDF
- Directly converted to PDF if possible.
- With a 300dpi resolution
- With a page size of 8.5”x11”
- With no embedded fonts TRCP 21 (f)(8)
PDF Documents Combined - You have submitted multiple documents for filing in a single PDF. The file-mark will only appear on documents submitted as lead documents. Please file all lead documents as separate PDF documents.
Illegible/Unreadable - Please resubmit in a format that is legible.
Sensitive Data - Please resubmit in five (5) business days with all sensitive data redacted:
- Passport Number
- Tax ID Number
- Government Issued ID Number
- Bank Account Number
- Credit Card Number
- Financial Account Number
- Birth Date
- Home Address
- Name of any person who was a minor when the suit was filed
TRCP 21c (a-f) Note: Family Code §102.008 and §105.006 require identification of children by name and DOB.