This FAQ page addresses some concerns and questions clients may have about Courtpath.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Courtpath?
Courtpath is an e-filing service provider for Law Firms and staff. Courtpath is an easy-to-use website and application for electronically filed court documents. It allows lawyers and staff to electronically file documents with the applicable state’s court system.
Why did I not receive the corresponding pleadings with my email notification?
In order to receive documents with your email notification, the Courts require the individual receiving the email notification to be the attorney-of-record for the assigned case. All other attorney’s and staff receiving email notifications will not receive the applicable documents due to confidentiality rules.
Once an Appearance of Counsel has been filed, all documents applicable to various pleadings will be attached as part of the email notification for the Attorney of Record for the case.
Why did I not receive an email notification for a Pro Se pleading?
At present, the Court requires Pro Se individuals to physically file all court documents. As a result, all individuals set to receive email notifications from Courtpath will not receive notifications, and instead should receive physical copies of pleadings directly to their respective mailing address in their Certificate of Service.
Courtpath does not receive any information from the Courts regarding pleadings filed physically, and Attorney’s and staff should take extra attention in regard to any physical copies filed by opposing parties with the Court.
Why did I not receive notification of an Order produced by the Court?
Any time the Court generates an order, notice, or rulings they are submitted through the Court’s proprietary system “CORIS.” As a result, they will appear in the docket, but no e-filing notification will be generated. Courtpath, Inc. endeavors to send separate notifications for these court-produced orders; but cannot guarantee such will be provided. Attorneys are encouraged to check the docket often for new orders, notices, or rulings the court may have issued.
If an attorney submits a proposed order through the e-filing system, the attorney of record will receive notification if a proposed order was issued by the court, because it was not a court-generated order.
What notifications should I expect after I have e-filed a document?
After you have filed a document, Courtpath subscribers will receive the following two email notifications:
- “Notice of Electronic Filing” (NEF) confirming the document was filed;
- “Receipt” confirming the Court docketed and logged the date and time the document was accepted.
How do I re-file a pleading previously filed with the Court?
Many times, the Court will require a party to re-file their pleading due to formatting, poor quality, etc. In the event this occurs, rescan your pleading with a higher quality and follow the normal steps for filing.
How do I retract a pleading that was accidentally e-filed multiple times?
If a case initiation or pleading is filed multiple times, the Court will require that the Attorney file a motion to dismiss for all additional case initiations. Pleadings filed multiple times will not require that a motion to dismiss be filed.
If a case initiation or pleading that was accidentally filed multiple times has an applicable filing fee, the attorney must file a motion to have the filing fee refunded by the Court.
How can I change an error in a pleading after it was filed?
Once a pleading is filed through Courtpath and you receive confirmation, errors cannot be corrected. If the error needs to be corrected, the attorney may file an amended copy of the pleading along with a corresponding motion to accept amended pleading or motion to correct the error.
What do I do if the court rejected the format of my pleading and I have a deadline to file?
If your pleading was rejected by the court for an improper format or similar reasons, either change the format of your pleading to an acceptable format and re-file the document or contact the Court’s Help Desk at (801) 637-7904 or contact Courtpath (email@example.com) during business hours.
Do I need to retain the physical copy of documents I file?
The Utah Court request that original documents be retained after e-filing. There may be instances where the Court will request the original document with accompanying signature.
What format do my documents need to be attached as?
The Utah Court requires all documents to be formatted to PDF format for all documents except orders. All proposed and court orders are to be formatted to RTF format.
Why can’t I e-file for a sealed case of mine?
The Utah Courts do not allow you to e-file on a sealed case. All filing must be done in person.
Do I still need to redact private information for my pleadings?
Private data in e-filed cases should be handled the same way it would be if it was filed directly with the court. If a case is marked as private by the court, then the documents aren’t accessible electronically through the Court.
How do I remove an attorney from receiving email notifications?
In order to remove an attorney as the attorney of record on a case, a substitution of counsel, withdrawal, or dismissal must first be filed. Once the Court has approved the substitution, withdrawal, or dismissal, the attorney will automatically be removed from the case and will no longer have access to the case through the Courtpath application.
How do I know when my pleading was processed by the Court?
After you have e-filed a document, you will receive an email notification stating your filing was received by the Court.
What if I received a notification from the court that my e-filed document was processed, but it is not showing up in the docket?
If you have received a notification regarding receipt of your e-filed document but don’t see the document in the Court docket, refresh the browser page you are using to allow the e-filed document to populate in the docket.
How do I file pleadings for a third party to a case?
If you have a return of service or other pleadings regarding a third party to a case, you must file a motion to intervene in the case or amend the pleadings to include a third party to the case.
Where can I find a list of the various fees required by the Court?
For an updated listing of all fees associated with court filing, transcript, and record fees, visit https://www.utcourts.gov/resources/fees.html.
Why do I not receive an email notification from the Court when I file an Appearance of Counsel?
The attorney of record on any given case receives email notifications once a pleading has been received by the court and docketed. The email notification system is linked to the attorney of record after an Appearance of Counsel is filed. As a result, the attorney of record will not receive an email notification for e-filed documents until after an Appearance of Counsel has been e-filed.
Attorney’s wishing to verify that their Appearance of Counsel was accepted by the Court can check the applicable case docket periodically after an Appearance of Counsel was e-filed.
How do I have corrections made to my pleadings that have previously been filed?
Any documents that have been filed become permanently part of the docket. For all pleadings filed that need errors corrected, you must file a separate pleading requesting that the court correct the error. This pleading is titled “Request for Data Correction.” You can download a template at the link below, and enter in the applicable text regarding your specific correction needed. http://www.utcourts.gov/efiling/docs/request_for_data_correction.doc.
How do I know which discovery tier applies to my filing?
Courtpath will automatically default to the respective Discovery tier needed based on the amount requested in the cases’ complaint. The following are the respective Discovery tiers and case types for each respective tier if applicable:
- Tier 1 – Cases claiming $50,000 or less in damages requested.
- Tier 2 – Cases claiming less than $300,000 but more than $50,000. This tier also encompasses claims with non-monetary relief, such as domestic cases that do not otherwise have an amount in controversy.
- Tier 3 – Cases claiming $300,000 or more in damages. This tier may also encompass claims that don’t have a damage claim.
What happens if my last-minute e-filing is rejected by the Court?
There is currently no policy surrounding last-minute filings being rejected by the Court. All late filed pleadings are dealt with on a case-by-case scenario with your respective case. Many times, an attorney may need to file a motion for the court to accept their late-filed pleading.
How do I know if my pleading was accepted or rejected?
Courtpath sends emails to the attorney of record each time a document is e-filed and another email once the pleading has been accepted or rejected by the Court. If a document was rejected, Courtpath will explain in the email why it was rejected.
It is the attorney’s responsibility to correct and re-file any pleadings that are rejected by the Court.
How long does it take for the Court to accept a pleading?
For most pleadings, the Utah Court accepts and dockets them within minutes. Any documents that require additional review by the court are generally accepted as proposed pleadings and placed into a queue where the Courts review them before they are ordered. Once an order or like document is signed and issued by the Court, Courtpath sends the attorney of record an email notifying them of the new document.
When viewing the Courtpath docket, how do I know which pleadings are filed electronically or as a hard copy directly with the Court?
When viewing the Courtpath docket, all electronically filed documents will have a link embedded into the title of the document. If no link is available, then the document was physically filed with the Court.
How do I e-file exhibits and supplemental documents to a pleading?
For all supplemental documents needing to be filed along with a pleading, they must be scanned into PDF format.
It is best practice to scan all documents around 200 dpi on black and white settings to reduce the file size. This may not apply to photos or documents that must be filed in color.
What is the file size limit for a pleading?
There is currently no file size limit. Larger files tend to take longer to process and be accepted by the court, so we recommend that users limit file size to below 15MB.
Who is allowed to e-file pleadings?
Attorneys licensed to practice law in Utah are the only persons allowed to currently e-file documents. The Utah Courts require that attorneys register for an e-filing account with a registered E-filing Service Provider that is certified by the Utah Courts.
Can multiple attorneys share a single Courtpath account?
Each Courtpath account is associated to a unique Bar ID for the respective attorney. Additionally, email notifications are associated with the attorney of record for the case.
Courtpath offers discounted rates for firms that register multiple attorneys. Please see our pricing/plan page for details or contact us at (801) 637-7904.
How much does it cost to e-file a document?
Once an attorney has registered for service through Courtpath, there are no additional fees besides Court mandated filing fees associated with e-filing.
Is opposing counsel automatically served with documents I e-file?
Once a pleading is e-filed and accepted by the Court, a copy of the electronic document is automatically served upon all attorneys of record for the associated case. A Notification of Electronic Filing (NEF) is considered proper service in the State of Utah.
Are there free options for e-filing available?
There are no free court-approved services available for e-filing. Private companies must be registered E-filing Service Providers that are certified by the Utah Courts before they are allowed to offer e-filing services to attorneys.
How does the Court know when I am registered with an e-filing service?
Once an attorney registers with Courtpath the Courts are notified and automatically receive e-filing notifications for cases you are the attorney of record or input into the Courtpath system.
Are there any publications produced by the Court?
The Court has produced the following publications regarding e-filing:
- E-filing FAQ published by the Utah State Courts
- E-filing guide published by the Utah State Courts
- E-filing general information brochure published by the Utah State Courts