E-Filing Tips

Account Setup

  • If you are an attorney, you must sign up for both a financial administrator account and an attorney account prior to e-filing any documents with a filing fee if paying online.  
  • Although e-filing can be accessed at any time, requests for new accounts will only be processed during regular business hours (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm).
  • Pro se filers do not need to sign up for a financial administrator account. 
  • If you are an attorney and change firms, please contact our office.

Filing Tips

  • The following documents must still be filed by paper and will not be accepted via e-file:
    • Chester County Family Court Filings
    • Election Appeals and Challenges 
  • Although e-filing can be accessed at any time, filings are only processed during regular business hours.
  • Self-service kiosks are available for civil e-filing at our office during regular business hours.
  • We still accept documents sent to our office via postal mail. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of service.
  • Chester County’s e-filing program automatically generates both State and Local cover sheets. There is no need to upload cover sheets with an initial filing.
  • When filing a Complaint, you must file Notice to Defend separately from the Complaint.
  • When filing a Writ of Summons, it is not necessary to upload a blank Writ of Summons as it is automatically generated when you select the “Writ of Summons Filed” document type. Download detailed instructions on how to file a Writ of Summons
  • For service of original process, print the filed documents and submit them separately to the Sheriff for service purposes. The Prothonotary’s Office does not process service requests.
  • All documents must be in PDF format except for proposed orders which must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • The current size limit for documents is 10 megabytes per document and 30 megabytes per submission. More information about submitting large files
  • A document is time-stamped only when a filing is accepted by our office. If a filing is rejected, it will not be time-stamped until it is re-filed and accepted.  
  • For a secondary filing, the fee document code cannot be the only document code in the submission-there must be an accompanying document code with document attached.
  • For a secondary filing, the fee document code cannot be the last document code in the submission.

Fees and Payments

  • Acceptable forms of payment for Efiling: Discover, Mastercard and Visa
  • E-file fees
    • $20 for new case filings 
    • $5 for a secondary filing that already has a fee attached
    • No e-filing fee for filings that do not have a fee.  
For questions about e-filing, please call the Tybera Help Desk at 844-892-3721.

Download detailed instructions oh now to file a Writ of Summons