If you have not already heard, the Cleveland Municipal Court's Civil Division now provides another option to file documents: e-Filing. The Court conducted training earlier this month, but there is a great tutorial, complete with multiple screen shots, that explains how to register for the first time, submit pdf documents as e-files, and check the list of documents you have filed. The Court's e-Filing website contains this description of the process of accepting electronic documents:
"All filings made by an electronic record (e-filing) shall have the same effect as a paper filing. No filing shall be deemed as accepted by the Cleveland Municipal Court until it has been reviewed and approved. After approval an electronic notice will be sent to the filer and no pleading shall be considered filed until an electronic notice has been sent to the filer. All registered e-filing accounts will be available for use, after an activation notice has been sent."
Filers can also register to create an escrow account against which filing fees will be taxed or enter credit card information to pay online with each filing.
Only time will tell whether this system will replace print filing entirely, but, at least for now, the Court is continuing to accept hard copies.