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Criminal eFiling Guidelines

                       
General Rules for eFiling in Wayne County Third Circuit Court

These guidelines are provided to assist you in using the MiFile system in Wayne County Circuit Court. They are not a substitute for the training provided by ImageSoft.
Index
Appearance
Appellate Pleadings
Confidential/Sealed Documents
Consolidated Cases
Deadlines
Document Size/Format
Documents that Require a Seal
Entering Case Number
Formatting Names
Help
Hyperlinks
Motion Practice
Multiple Filings
Prisoner Filings
Self-Represented Litigants
Service Contact
Signatures
Writ of Garnishment
I. Appearance
When filing an appearance, please add yourself in MiFile as a service contact. Attorneys and self-represented litigants are responsible for maintaining this information and keeping it current. Failure to do so will result in your not receiving subsequently eFiled pleadings.


II. Appellate Pleadings
The email address to eServe the Prosecutor’s Office on appellate matters is: wcpaappeals@waynecounty.com.

Defendants with Multiple Cases
If a defendant has multiple cases, you must file your pleadings into all of the defendant’s cases.


III. Confidential/Sealed Documents
The Court will not accept Confidential/Sealed documents unless ordered by the court. We cannot accept confidential/sealed documents in MiFile; all confidential/sealed documents must be brought to Wayne County Clerk’s Office, room 901 FMHJ.


IV. Consolidated Cases
All pleadings filed in consolidated cases must be eFiled into each individual case.


V. Deadlines
MiFile is available 24/7 to the user. However, a filing must be submitted before 11:59 pm to be considered filed for that business day. If a filing is submitted on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the filing will not be filed until the next business day. If there is an issue regarding the timing of the acceptance of your filing, please send a ticket to the Court's helpdesk (see Help below).


VI. Document Size/Format
The court recommends that documents do not exceed 25 MB per document. If you wish to file a larger document, please create a ticket with the Court's helpdesk (see Help below).
Documents should be submitted in pdf or tiff format.


VII. Documents that Require a Seal
Documents that require a raised seal (writs, subpoenas orders, requests to seize property, etc.) must be presented to the County Clerk’s Office, room 901 FMHJ. There is a fee for this service.


VIII. Entering Case Number
Case number must be typed in utilizing all dashes and letters:

Example: “12-000065-01-FH”


IX. Formatting Names

A. Suffixes (Jr., III, etc.) should follow user’s last name (Example: Smith, Jr.)

B. Business names shall be entered as all capital letters (Example: GENERAL INSURANCE CORPORATION, DR. JOHN SMITH, D.V.M.)


X. Hyperlinks
Internal links that point to other places within the same document are permissible in MiFile. External links which point to other documents, websites, or other legal sources, will not be accepted in MiFile.


XI. Motion Practice

A. Filing Motion. To obtain hearing on a motion, you must file the motion and an ePraecipe. Failure to file an ePraecipe may result in the motion not being heard.

This is a two-step process:

1. eFile your motion. (If the Prosecutor’s office is not listed on the case as a service contact, use the email address wcpo_efile@waynecounty.com to eServe the motion.

2. After the motion is accepted, file an ePraecipe. For the praecipe:

a. Go to https://www.3rdcc.org/ePraecipe/ePraecipe.aspx
b. Follow the prompts

B. Emergency Motions. Contact the courtroom for a date and time for the motion to be heard. (If the Prosecutor’s Office is not listed on the case as a service contact, use the address wcpo_efile@waynecounty.com to eServe the motion).

After the motion is accepted, file an ePraecipe. For the praecipe:

1. Go to https://www.3rdcc.org/ePraecipe/ePraecipe.aspx
2. Follow the prompts

C. Motion to Reconsider. You must file the motion. This is the only motion for which you do not need to file an ePraecipe.

It is highly recommended that you inform the courtroom clerk that you have filed a motion for reconsideration.


XII. Multiple Filings.
Multiple filings can be submitted in one transaction also known as a “bundle”. A transaction can hold multiple lead documents and each lead document can have multiple connected documents. Each submitted document will have a timestamp reflecting the date and time the Clerk’s Office accepted the filing.


XIII. Prisoner Filings.
The mandatory eFiling requirement for Criminal cases is waived with respect to parties who are held in local, state, or federal jails, penitentiaries or other correctional facilities.

A. Prisoners should send paper documents to the Wayne County Clerk who shall present an order waiving the eFiling requirement to the Chief Judge for signature. The Clerk will then eFile these documents and returns the signed documents to the prisoner.

B. Non-prisoner parties to the case shall continue to be subject to the mandatory eFiling and eService requirements except that non-prisoner parties shall serve prisoner parties in the traditional manner and eFile proof of service.


XIV. Self-Represented Litigants.

Pleadings. Self-represented litigants must file their pleadings electronically.

As a self-represented litigant, you must add yourself as a service contact. You are responsible for maintaining this information and keeping it current. Failure to keep this information current will result in your not receiving notices from the court and eFiled materials.


XV. Service Contact.
After a case is initiated, you must add yourself as a service contact. Attorneys and self-represented litigants are responsible for maintaining this information and keeping it current. Failure to keep this information current will result in your not receiving notices from the court and eFiled materials.


XVI. Signatures.
Signatures submitted electronically shall use the format: /s/ John L. Smith


XVII. Writ of Garnishment.
You must file 2 lead documents in the same envelope or your filing will be rejected. For the 1st lead document use filing code “Writ of Garnishment, Filed” and the 2nd lead document use filing code “Writ of Garnishment, Signed and Filed”.