Filers must meet the following minimum requirements to access the system.

The Electronic Filing System operates on the ."djvu" format. To file or view a document you must install the free Viewer plug-in for Internet Explorer and Netscape. These ".djvu" formatted documents are searchable, printable, and will download quickly.

The document being filed must be converted from Word or WordPerfect to a, ".tif" or "pdf" format.  Make sure your pdf file is not secured or locked with a password. To convert documents to a "tif" format there are two ways.

First, you may purchase software known as a Universal Document Converter online for a cost of approximately $50.00. You may purchase the software from fCoder Group or you may purchase it from the Court's software vendor, Henschen & Associates, Inc and receive the software and technical support for $50.00. With this software, you can convert the Word or WordPerfect document to ".tif" without printing it to paper first.

Once installed, you will need to configure the UDC which is located in your printer folder. Click here to view a "how-to" page on configuring the UDC printer.

Second, if you own a scanner, it probably came with ".tif" writer software. You may print the document to paper, scan it and convert it to ".tif" and then file the image.

You must be registered with the Clerk of Court to use the system. Registration is required for security purposes and to obtain a copy of the signature of the person who will be responsible for the document filed. Remember all persons filing documents with the Clerk are bound by Rule 11 of the Ohio Civil Rules of Procedure and Garfield Heights Municipal Court Local Rule 7. To register with the Clerk , click here.

The Clerk is not charging any additional cost for using the Electronic Filing System. However, you must pay the court costs normally associated with any document being filed according to the schedule set by the Court in its Local Rules or Court Orders. No document will be deemed filed until the Clerk receives payment in full of any applicable court costs. To enable timely filing and payment of the court costs, you may charge the cost to VISA or Mastercard. You must complete a Credit Card Authorization form when registering with the Clerk.


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