Anyone can efile if they have an account. If you are an attorney licensed by the court you can request an account as an attorney. If you are not a licensed attorney you can still get an account but you will be registered as someone that represents themself. This is known as a Pro Se filer. There are other types of parties such as Pro Hac or interested parties but currently you cannot register under these roles.
While there is no cost to get an account, the UT Bar eFlex system requires a subscription to efile or download documents. Once you have registered, you will need to visit the "My Profile" pages and purchase a subscription. Please keep in mind that standard court fees are still applicable. Please refer to the courts web page to review the filing fees charged by the court.
Go to the efiling website and look for the link to register for efiling. This link will take you to the efiling login screen.
On the login screen page you will see the instructions "If you have not signed in before, please request a user account.". Click on the button that looks like this. . This will take you through a series of screens that will ask you questions. The first screen will ask you to review the Terms of Usage agreement established by the court. To continue you must select the radio button that you agree to the agreement then presss the Next button.
After you have agreed to the terms of usage, you will be asked to identify what company you are associated with. Each user is associated with an organization. For example, if you are an attorney and you belong to a law firm you would select the name of that law firm if it already exists in the list. The pull-down option contains the organizations currently registered in eFlex. If your organization is not listed click the second radio button and type in your law firm's name and then click Submit.
The next screen has several questions to fill out. An asterisk next to a field indicates that the information for that field is required. You choose your own username and password. Your username must be unique. If the username you enter is not unique when you submit your request you will be prompted to select a different username. Once all the information is completed, a request to approve your account will be given to the Administrator. As soon as the Administrator approves your account you will receive an email message at the email address you entered with your registration information.
When you are ready to begin efiling, you will need to purchase a subscription. Please visit the "My Profile" pages and click on the "Purchase Subscription" link. You can pay using a credit card or electronic check.
For a training schedule please refer to the courts efiling website. Many attorneys find that this system is not unlike other systems. You may find that reading the online documentation is enough information to get your work done.
You can initiate several types of cases through the efiling system and efile follow-up filings on those case types. When you are not sure if you can efile on a particular case when you select file to an existing case you can type the case number and a participants last name and press submit. The efiling system will query the case management system to see if you can file on this case and if you cannot it will return an error otherwise it will allow you to continue efiling on that case.
The efiling system is browser based. You do not need to install any special efiling software. You do need a computer that is connected to the web and has a browser installed. You can use Firefox from Mozilla, Internet Explorer from Microsoft, or any other browser that has been released in the last three years. It is anticipated that your computer will have a wordprocessor such as Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect. You can even create your documents using WordPad, a free word processing tool that comes free with the Microsoft Windows operating system. It really does not matter what operating system you use. Some might use the Macintosh or Linux operating system. You just need to prepare your documents, convert them to PDF, and then use the browser to submit your documents.
We recommend that you use a high speed internet connection. The system will work using modem dial-up but the challenge is that when you need to up-load or down-load large documents to the court a dial-up modem is more likely to time-out or disconnect. IN addition you will most likely be frustrated on how slow the system will respond.
Most internet connections have faster download speeds than upload speeds. That is because most people on the web are downloading information rather than uploading information. The upload speed can be 3 to 5 times slower than the download speed. If you are interested in checking your bandwidth speed you can do so at one of these links. These links are not supported by the court and are for your convienence only.