Federal Court Electronic Filing System
Before using the Electronic Filing System, please note the following:
The format for all electronic documents is Portable Document format (PDF) without password protection.
You will be asked to provide an e-mail address and telephone number in case the Registry needs to contact you.
If the document you are submitting requires a filing fee, please note that your document will only be filed and processed as of the time you contact the Registry and provide payment.
A document that is accepted for filing is deemed to have been filed at the time in the Eastern time zone that the document was submitted for filing via the electronic filing system. However, a document that is submitted for filing on a holiday is deemed to have been filed on the next day that is not a holiday.
You have the ability to identify that a filing is urgent, to include special handling instructions for a document and to select the Registry office closest to your location with which to associate this filing for future correspondence.
Filing parties will receive electronic confirmations of submitted documents with a summary of the information provided. Filing parties will also receive a confirmation when their documents were processed by the Registry.
This electronic filing system does not provide for service of documents on other parties. For information on service of documents, see the Notice to the Public and Profession issued by the Court regarding electronic filing and electronic legal service and the Federal Courts Rules.
The electronic filing system does not currently provide for special treatment of confidential documents. Therefore, such documents should not be filed electronically.
You should keep a copy of all documents sent electronically for 30 days after the expiry of all appeal periods. For paper-based documents that are scanned to a digital format for electronic filing, the original paper document should be kept.
For information about Court procedures, please refer to the Federal Courts Rules, Information for Litigants and the Practice Guides available on this web site or contact the Registry at 1-800-663-2096. If you encounter a problem with the Electronic Filing System you should contact the Registry.
The Registry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. See Holidays for a list of days when the Registry office is closed.
You must complete all steps in a single session in order to submit your transaction. It is not possible to save an incomplete session. Note that the session will automatically time out after 60 minutes of inactivity.
For further information, please refer to the Notice to the Public and Profession issued by the Court regarding electronic filing and electronic legal service.
Click one of the links below to access the Federal Court's Electronic Filing System
Note: Documents for the Federal Court of Appeal will not be accepted for filing through the Federal Court's Electronic Filing System.
Notice of Technical Issues with E-Filing Portal (November 20, 2020): the Courts Administration Service continues work on technical issues arising since the E-Filing Portal was upgraded. If unable to file via the E-Filing Portal, parties can file documents by e-mail* by writing to the Registry : email@example.com
* Note: the maximum e-mail size is 25 MB. However, conversion of attachments into e-mail format adds up to about 30% of the original document size, so an 18 MB attachment will come close to the maximum email size limit. It is recommended that larger PDF documents (i.e., over 18MB) be split into smaller parts before sending. Please consult sections 22.214.171.124 and 6.8 of our E-filing Guide for information on reducing the size of PDF documents: https://www.fct-cf.gc.ca/content/assets/pdf/base/E-filing-Guide-May-7-2020-Final-EN.pdf.
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