Document Standards for eFiled Documents

Here is an overview of the document standards as adopted by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT):

  • The document dimensions must be exactly 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall.
  • A scanned document must be made text-searchable using optical character recognition software (OCR), which you may have to purchase. Some scanners and scanning software may have that capability. All scanned documents must have a text resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) for black and white documents. Any documents filed with color images must have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.
  • An e-filed document may not contain any security or feature restrictions including password protection or encryption and may not contain embedded multi-media video, audio, or programming. Documents may not contain package PDF’s. PDF’s should not be embedded inside of another PDF. A court may require that multiple PDF documents be combined into a single PDF document and bookmarks used to separate content appropriately. The content of the document should not depend on bookmarks.
  • Any eFiled document filename should contain only alphanumeric characters that are part of the Latin1_General character set. No special characters are allowed and the length of the filename should be restricted to 50 characters.


  1. Documents must include the filer’s contact information in the signature block including name, address, phone number and email address. An electronic signature consists of /s/ [attorney name] in the signature line.
  2. PDF documents must not contain links to outside URLs to documents outside itself.
  3. PDF documents may not contain active email links.

NOTE: While you are required to submit PDF files for an eFiling, you an upload a wide variety of files to FileTime and we will convert those files to text-searchable PDF files for you. The list of file types you can upload to FileTime includes: Microsoft Word (.doc and .docs), WordPerfect (.WPD), JPG, JPEG, BMP, TIF, XLS and XLSX, PPT and PPTX, and many more.

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