Anyone can efile if they have an account. If you are an attorney registered with the court you can request an account as an attorney. If you are an authorized Form 50 Agent you can also request an account using your Contexte ID. If you are not a licensed attorney you can still get an account but you will be registered as someone that represents yourself. This is known as a Pro Se filer.
If the court's case management system can match your Delaware Bar Number or your Form 50 ID your account will automatically be approved. Pro Se accounts will require the efiling administrator to manually assign a Contexte ID before approving your account. If you have several cases that you are involved with as a Pro Se you should contact the court and make sure the court is using the same Contexte ID for all cases you are involved with. This will make it so that the efiling system will recognize your ID and associate your account to the various cases.
Anyone with an account can file on any case if they have a valid reason. Suppose you are an attorney and another attorney in your law firm needs you to file a document because they are unable to get to a computer and there is a time limit on when a document is due. You can login using your account and use the File to an Existing Case feature by entering a case number and a participants last name (including an attorney's last name) to submit the document. You will not be automatically added to the case by doing this. Also the attorney in your firm that is registered electronically on the case will get a notification of the submission.
There are other types of parties such as Pro Hac or interested parties but currently you cannot register under these roles at this time.
Currently the court is not charging users to register in the efiling system. Once you have registered there are no additional efiling fees at this time, however the standard court filing fees are still applicable. Please refer to the courts' web page at http://courts.delaware.gov/how%20to/fees/ 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 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 request 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 terms then press the Next button.
After you have agreed to the terms you will be asked to identify what company you are associated with. Each user must be associated with an organization in eFlex. For example, if you are an attorney and you belong to a law firm you would select the name of your law firm if it already exists in the list. The pull-down option displays several organizations already recorded in eFlex. If your organization is not listed click the second radio button and type in your law firm's name in the space provided then click Submit.
If you are a registered Form 50 agent for only one company, use may want to use the name of company you represent rather than your own organization. If you are an agent and you represent multiple companies, you will want to use your own organization name.
If you are a Pro Se or self represented individual you need to select the Pro Se organization pre-configured.
After you have entered the organization name you will press the NEXT button.
A debit account is configured in the court's case management system called Contexte. One debit account can be used for both the Justice of the Peace as well as the Court of Common Pleas. The same debit account can be used to pay fees for all courts, court locations, and case types that are supported in this eFlex efiling system. There is a minimum balance requirement for your debit account. You can check your debit account balance in the make a payment efiling screen.
Each debit account can have an organization name and party IDs that have rights to draw from the account. For example Law Firm XYZ may establish a debit account and identify three attorneys that have rights to use the account. The Bar number for the attorneys is the ID that the court will associate as authorized users of the debit account. An organization may establish more than one debit account if they need to organize their accounty in such a way to control access. A Form 50 agent or a Pro Se can also set up a debit account.
It is not required to set up a debit account because you will be able to pay with credit cards if you do not establish an account.
The next screen has several fields to fill out. An asterisk next to a field indicates that this field is required and you must enter your information for that field. The first field is where you enter a username for your account followed by a password. Your username must be unique to the system. If the username you enter is already used by another user you will be prompted to select a different username until you find a username that is unique. Once all the information is completed, your request will be submitted. If you are using a Delaware Bar number and the system can match your number your account will automatically be approved and an email message will be immediately sent to your email address you entered as part of your registration. This means you can return to the login screen and begin using the efiling system. If your account is not automatically approved your request will be sent to the efiling administrator for approval. Once approved you will receive an email message at the address you entered as part of your registration process.
For a training schedule please refer to the courts' efiling website or contact the Judicial Information Center at(302) 323-5369 between 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. and ask for the efiling help desk. Many attorneys find that this system is not unlike other systems. You may find that reading the online documentation is enough information to get you started.
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 really does not matter what operating system you use.
You must have some software to prepare your documents in PDF format. There are many inexpensive PDF printer drivers. All lead documents must be in PDF format. Scanned images can be submitted in TIFF format or PDF format. It is important to remember when scanning documents you use a Black and White setting with a 300 dpi resolution. Only scan documents in color when the color affects the value of the evidence being submitted.
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 with 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 convenience only.