In September 2011, the Michigan Supreme Court approved the 20th Circuit Court's Administrative Order seeking permission to develop and implement a pilot E-Filing program for submission of documents on most civil and domestic 20th Circuit Court Case Types: 20th Circuit Court E-Filing Local Administrative Order.E-file with TrueFiling »
What is E-Filing?
Ottawa's TrueFiling program is a simple web-based program that does not require any additional equipment or software on behalf of the filer and provides for a seamless integration with the Courts' existing imaging and case management systems. This program offers our constituents an avenue to access the courthouse beyond traditional business hours in a user-friendly manner. Filers can directly upload documents from their desktops to the TrueFiling system to file with the Court, serve other parties electronically, manage all previously submitted electronic filings, search existing court cases and view and retrieve the Register of Actions.
Currently we do not have the capability of accepting case initiating documents through TrueFiling. The TrueFiling system requires the filer to have an existing case number that is pulled directly from our case management system that the filer must associate their filings with. You may, however, electronically file documents on your existing caseload.
How to Register with Ottawa County
To register to use the TrueFiling System, please complete, sign and return the TrueFiling Registration Form & User Agreement to the Ottawa County Clerk's Office:
Fax To: 616-846-8138
Ottawa County Clerk
414 Washington Avenue, Room 320
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
ORIn Person: Drop off at any Ottawa County Court location and request they forward to the Ottawa County Clerk's Office for filing.
To use the TrueFiling System certain fees will be assessed to the end user.
There is a $2.00 per transaction fee charged as a convenience fee, which is substantially less than charges by other Courts around the state and country currently engaged in E-Filing. A credit card user fee is also assessed by the credit card companies and will be charged directly back to the filer. In order to access the Register of Actions, there will also be a $2.50 access charge, which is the same that is currently being assessed at the Ottawa County Website. In addition, the end user will be charged with any fee mandated by the Circuit Court Fee Schedule.
How to Register with TrueFiling
Click here to E-file with TrueFiling. You will be required to enter into an electronic User Agreement with the vendor of the software upon initial log in.
Each law firm may create one organization account and can invite all attorneys and support staff to participate in the firm's account, rather than have each attorney within a law firm create their own individual accounts. Be aware that Ottawa County requires each attorney to file a user agreement with the Clerk's Office regardless if the attorney is associated with a law firm account with TrueFiling.
There are various training resources, including FAQs and tutorials, located within TrueFiling itself. The Vendor has also developed a "Quick Reference" Guide as well as a detailed TrueFiling User Guide and Administration Guide below.
- TrueFiling Resources