The Filing Code field shows a list of types of filings the court allows. Examples of different types of filings are complaint, petition, answer, response, motion, etc. You can submit more than one filing at a time to the court.
Choose the filing code that most closely matches the document you want to upload. If you are submitting a form, the name or title of the form may help you choose the right filing code.
TIP: If you start typing a word into the field (for example, motion), the list will show you all the options that include that word.
Filing codes may vary by court and case type. You will also usually see different filing code options when you are starting a case than when you are filing into a case that has already been started.
Please Note: If you need more help choosing filing codes after reading this article, please contact the court you are sending your filings to. The options that appear in those drop down menus are different for every court and configured based on the specifications and requests of the courts. If there is a code that the clerks feel is missing from the list, they will need to contact their Court Support Team to request it be added for filers to select.
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Examples of filings needed to start a case:
- Cover Sheet
- Application for Fee Waiver
Examples of filings that are filed AFTER a case has been started:
- Affidavit of Service
Important reminders about uploading your documents
Do NOT make each page of a document into its own PDF. A document you file should be one PDF.
If you are submitting multiple documents (for example, a complaint and an application for a fee waiver), you should upload the documents separately and pick a filing code to go with each document.
Some courts allow you to upload more than one document as a single filing using a lead document and attachment documents. For more information about lead and attachment documents, read this article.
In general, do NOT submit multiple separate documents as one combined PDF. But if there is no filing code that matches the document you need to upload, and the court you are sending your filings to does NOT allow attachment documents, you may need to merge your supporting document with your lead document into one PDF file to send it to the court. Check your court's rules or contact the court if you think you need to merge multiple documents into one PDF to file.
For more information about submitting more than one document at a time, read this article.