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Electronic Filing and Registration

E-Filing (‘eCabinet”) has begun in the Vermont Superior Court!  Attorneys have been required to e-file new cases in the Rutland Civil and Windsor Civil Divisions since January 26, 2011. They can e-file in any cases filed after October 18, 2010 in those divisions.  Pro se litigants have the option of e-filing or paper filing in the same divisions.  Please review the helpful information below or contact jud-helpdesk@state.vt.us with any questions about e-filing.  

 

To view the Vermont Rules of Electronic Filing please click on this link: E-Filing Rules of Procedure 

 


How To Videos

**Note:  The Homepage in the video is an older version of the website


eCabinet Frequently Asked Questions
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 expand How do I find my eCabinet Registration Number (ERN)?
 expand If I am registered in eCabinet, do I need to register again to receive Notices of Hearing via e-mail?
No, you do not need to register again in eCabinet.  If you are already registered in eCabinet for electronic filing, Notices of Hearing will be sent to the e-mail addresses you have provided.  A schedule of the  exact dates when courts will begin e-mailing Notices of Hearings to attorneys will be sent via e-mail to the e-mail address(es) you provide when you register, and will be otherwise publicized on the www.vermontjudiciary.org and the www.vtbar.org websites.
 expand Is e-filing available in all case types in all unit/divisions?
 expand What kind of document(s) can I attach?
eCabinet only accepts attachments in Word (.doc, .docx) or .pdf format.  NOTE: .pdf attachments are highly recommended because Word documents can sometimes have leftover "change tracker" or other marks in them; this cannot happen in a .pdf.  
 expand Is eCabinet training available?
 expand Does personal data (like name, phone, email) update all Court systems?
No.  The only data entered into eCabinet that will update other courts systems are:
-- Handling Instructions:  will be generated to an electronic document, stored in the court's case file, similar to a "cover letter"; and
-- .pdf documents attached to the filing will, of course, become part of the official electronic court case file.
 
All other data entered into eCabinet will be used by eCabinet only.  It is important to note:
-- The filing registration data -- name, email address, address, phone number -- will NOT update the Attorney Licensing database.  Under A.O.#41 rules, you must contact Attorney Licensing with changes.   Likewise, updating contact information (e.g., email address) with Attorney Licencing will NOT update the email/phone information in eCabinet. (further information: Section 7, A.O.41, see link listed on this website.)
-- Party information entered when filing an initiating document for a "new case" will NOT update the court's records for that case in the court's case management tracking system.  If you have a question you should call the court.
 
 expand What if I am attaching a document with confidential data?
 expand Can I see all electronic filings on a case?
Once filings have been submitted to eCabinet the documents can be viewed as follows:
 
-- In their office or at home, registered eCabinet filers can see only the documents they have filed.  A registered eCabinet filer can log on and view their filings via their eCabiinet "My Filings" screen.   Home or office access to all electronic documents filed for a case is not expected to be available until late 2012.
 
-- For the first few weeks after Oct 18 the court will provide paper copies of the files at the counter much as they do today.  However, in November, 2010, new "public terminals" will be available in Windsor and Rultand Civil divisions.  When these terminals are available, the public and parties will be able to view all electronic filings at these terminals (with applicable security provided to confidential documents).   This FAQ site will be updated with more "Public Terminal Viewing Options" when we are ready to roll out the public terminals.
 
 expand Will the Judge have an electronic file on the bench?
 expand Why is "Filing Number" important?
Each time you successfully submit a "filing", the system will issue you a FILING NUMBER.  That number is a unique to each filing and is important to help court staff find your filing.  Examples: if you have a question ("Did you get that Motion I sent the other day in Filing # 12345?") or you choose to pay by sending a check ("This check is in payment of filing fees for Filing # 12345"). 
 
The system automatically records each successfully submitted filing.  You can look up your filings by signing into the system and going to your "My Filings" screen.  You can see the documents in each filing by clicking the "+" next to each filing row.
 
 
 expand Can I set up eCabinet to send email notifications on a case-by-case basis?
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 expand Can I e-file a picture file (.jpg)?
Not directly.  If you have a picture file it is most likely of type ".jpg" or ".jpeg" (often called a "jay-peg file").  You cannot attach this type of file directly to a Filing in eCabinet.  You will need to convert the .jpg file into a .pdf file. 
 
One way to do this might be to:   open a new Word document, type in what the picture is, then insert the .jpg file ("Insert", then "Picture") into the Word document and save the Word document as type .pdf (in Word 2007).   There are other software products on the market (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro) that can convert a .jpg to a .pdf.   If you scan the picture, your scanner may be able to save the image as a .pdf.
 
 expand How do I update my email or other contact information in my eCabinet account?
 expand What type of computer software do I need to file with eCabinet?
Supported:
-- Windows PCs using Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.
-- Internet Explorer version 7 or 8 browsers.  Note: you need "cookies enabled" and "JavaScript enabled", both are generally turned on in a default installation.
-- Software to create a .pdf document.   Note: the system will also accept a Word document (.doc, .docx) but that is not recommended as it may contain additional "marks" in it (such as "change tracker" notes.
** The Vermont Bar Association is preparing a class on how to create a .pdf document, watch their website for details.
-- a scanner is optional, however, if you want to electronically file a document that you only have on paper you will need to scan in that document and create a .pdf image of it for efiling.
 
Not tested but may work:
-- Firefox 3.5
-- Safari on a Macintosh
 
NOT SUPPORTED:
-- Any other operating system (e.g., Linux) or browser (e.g., Chrome, Mozilla, etc).
-- WordPerfect files (you cannot submit a .wpd document).
-- Images of documents other than a .pdf (e.g., you cannot submit a .jpg attachment).
 
 expand Does system save my work automatically?
 expand Can I use dial-up Internet access?
Not recommended.  eCabinet is a "browser based" system, designed for use over a broadband internet connection.  You need to have either DSL or a cable modem internet connection, at a minimum.  Also, the Judiciary training webinars also assume you are connected via a broadband connection and will probably not be feasible over a dial-up connection.
 
 expand Why am I not getting emails from eCabinet?

eCabinet Documentation and
Training Material


Events
EventDate of EventFurther Information
TrainingWednesday, 01 January, 2014 12:00 AM
There are no eCabinet training events scheduled at this time.  Please review the "How To" videos (above) for instructions.  If further assistance is needed please contact the Judiciary's Helpdesk at jud.helpdesk@state.vt.us 

eCabinet Contact Us

Please contact us if you need help.  If you are having a problem with:

1. Registration or account problems:  Contact the Judiciary Helpdesk via email at:  jud-helpdesk@state.vt.us  or call 1-802-828-4357.

2. Filing a document:  Contact the court (Rutland or Windsor Civil Division) where you intend to file your document.