E-Filing for Attorneys
Notice: Due to a required software upgrade, the VJEFS (Virginia Judiciary Electronic Filing System) will be down this Friday, April 25, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The VJEFS application is expected to be unavailable the remainder of the day on Friday. Configuration changes are being made so that the standard closing message will mention this planned maintenance 30 minutes prior to 1:00 p.m.
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. For further guidance see Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia
, Rule 1:17 Electronic Filing and Service.
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.