There is a lot to know. Here are five tips to get you started.
1. To e-file, you have to register through Massachusetts Odyssey File and Serve, set up and run by Tyler Technology, third party vendor. Each firm must register and each attorney/filer must be added to the account. Directions are available here.
3. E-filing is only for civil cases. You cannot e-file in criminal cases. You also cannot e-file impounded material or in impounded cases.
4. The Appeals Court website has many resources to help you with e-filing. A good place to start is the E-filing FAQs. There, under Firm Set Up And Administration, you will find PDFs with screen shots showing each step of the Odyssey registration process. You will also find all of the following (and more):
5. When in doubt, get technical help. But do not call the clerk's office with technical questions. Call Tyler Support (1-800-297-5377). You can also contact them by email or live chat from within the Odyssey system by clicking on the "Contact Us" button in the "Help" section. From personal experience, they are responsive and on point.
E-filing is here. No more need - in public civil cases anyway - for color covers, copies upon copies, or worrying about velo binding versus rings. It's a good thing.