E-Filing for Attorneys
Prince William’s Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is one of 5 initial pilots for e-filing of civil cases using the Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System (VJEFS). The pilots are in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Prince William and Dinwiddie. Prince William started on July 15, 2013.
This is a great opportunity to be in on the ground floor and help to make e-filing a better product.
In order to use the VJEFS, your equipment must meet or exceed the following software and hardware requirements:
- A computer operating on Windows XP or higher with Internet access.
- Internet browser software such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. Internet browsers supported are: Chrome 23 for XP, Vista and Windows 7; Firefox 17 for XP, Vista and Windows 7; and Internet Explorer 9 for Vista and Windows 7 (not XP).
- Adobe Reader or equivalent software to view Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.
- Software to convert documents from a word processor format to PDF.
- The correct security settings on the computer that allow it to accept cookies from the VJEFS.
- Access to a scanner to create images of non-computerized documents, such as exhibits.
Currently only a limited number of Civil document types can be filed using VJEFS. More are being added each week. During the pilot, documents will be able to be e-filed only during normal Clerk's Office business hours.
Terms and Conditions
(This is very helpful for the administrator and those filing.)
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can Be Filed?
Currently only a limited number of Civil document types can be filed using VJEFS. More are being added each week. You can file:
- General Civil (Subsequent Action): Third Party Claim; Counterclaim; Cross Claim; and Reinstatement
Business & Contract: Attachment; Contract Action; Contract Specific Performance; and Detinue
Property: Ejectment; Encumber/Sell Real Estate; Enforce Vendor’s Lien; Escheatment; Establish Boundaries; Landlord/Tenant, Unlawful Detainer; Mechanics Lien; Partition; Quiet Title; and Termination of Mineral Rights
- Tort: Asbestos Litigation; Intentional Tort; Medical Malpractice; Motor Vehicle Tor; Other General Tort Liability; Product Liability; and Wrongful Death
- Domestic & Family: Annulment; Divorce Contested & Uncontested; and Separate Maintenance
- Probate/Wills & Trusts: Accounting; Aid and Guidance; Appointment Guardian/Conservator or Standby; Trust –Impress/Declare or Reformation; and Will Construe or Contested
- Miscellaneous: Declaratory Judgment; Freedom of Information; Injunction; Name Change; and Taxes Correct Erroneous State/Local or Delinquent.
Is it possible to file into one of my current cases?
You can only e-file into an e-filed case. Therefore, if you have a current case, you can’t e-file additional documents into it. Once you e-file a case, then you can e-file additional documents into it. If the opposing attorney does not want to e-file or the person is pro se, then a case you e-filed will have to go back to the old way of doing things. Hopefully, the opposing attorney will be willing to e-file.
What about service?
It still has to be completed the old way, although that should change sometime later in August. For now, once you receive the stamped filing, print out a copy with your request and mail/deliver to the Clerk’s Office.
Remember, this is a pilot. As we work through this, please e-mail email@example.com
your concerns, suggestions, etc. You will be asked for feedback periodically.
If you are interested in being part of the pilot, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.