E-Filing by Attorneys
All attorneys in all cases are required to file all documents (except a document submitted under seal or subject to a motion to seal) with the Court through the eFileTexas.gov electronic filing system. Persons not represented by an attorney are strongly encouraged to eFile documents, but eFiling is not required. To get started with electronic filing, start by visiting eFileTexas.gov and select a service provider to begin the process. The court accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover as payment for electronic filings.
All eFiled documents must conform to Rule 9 of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. E-filed briefs must follow the Texas Supreme Court's Redaction Guidelines.
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Paper Copies of eFiled Documents
In the 5th Court of Appeals, within one business day after a document is eFiled, the filer must file one (1) paper copy of any record, petition, response, or reply in original proceedings and one (1) paper copy any eFiled petition, other than a petition for discretionary review. Paper copies must be filed in accordance with Rule 9 of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. If a party is required to file in paper form instead, the original document filed with the court must be in the form provided by Rule 9.4 of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure.
If a party is required to file in paper form instead, the original document filed with the court must be in the form provided by Rule 9.4 of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. However, in lieu of filing multiple paper copies of the document as required by Rule 9.3(a)(1) of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, a party filing a document in paper form must file only the original and one (1) copy of a motion, the original and four (4) copies of a brief, and the original and three (3) copies of a petition, other than a petition for discretionary review.
Clerk/Court Reporter Resources
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Clerk's Records and Court Reporter's Records
Clerk/s and Court Reporter's records must be filed electronically and must conform to Appendix C of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. The record must be submitted through the TAMES Records Submission Portal (RSP). Notices of Appeal, information sheets, extension requests and monthly court reporter reports should also be filed through the RSP. Clerks and Court Reporters can request access to the portal. Once processed, a password and filing instructions will be e-mailed to you by the Office of Court Administration. Your logon and password will work for all Courts of Appeals.
Documents cannot be "locked" by the filer as this prevents application of the electronic file stamp by the Court. Locked documents and non-conforming documents will be rejected and the clerk will be required to resubmit the filing.
Once the records have been filed by the Court, you will receive notice that the record has been successfully filed.
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