Christine J. Flores, CBA

If you’re like me, you take those rejection notices from the Clerk personally!  I do everything I can to stay abreast of the changes to the court’s rules and procedures regarding efilings in hopes of avoiding the dreaded rejection notice.

One of the easiest ways to avoid getting such a notice is to verify whether or not a first appearance fee needs to be filed in a state court action.  Sometimes the efiling platform does not make it obvious that a fee is owing.  But a quick check of the court’s docket sheet should tell you whether a fee is owing.  Most courts have a link which will tell you if a filing fee has been paid or not.  Another fee to keep in mind is the complex litigation fee.  Omission of the first appearance fee and/or the complex litigation fee is enough for a clerk to reject the filing.

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