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E-FILING: How do I file a pleading for another attorney in my firm while they are either on vacation or out of the office on other business?

Northern District of Florida Local Rule 5.1(A)(7) allows a person "authorized to act on behalf of a Filing User" to use an attorney of record's password and login to e-file pleadings in a case. In addition, attorneys admitted to practice within the Northern District of Florida may file pleadings on behalf of another using their own CM/ECF password and login.

Choose from the following two options when filing on the behalf of another attorney:

Option 1:

The user authorized to e-file using the attorney of record's password and login should prepare the pleading so that the s/ signature and the signature block reflect the name of the attorney of record in the case. The authorized user may then e-file the pleading using the attorney of record's password and login.

Option 2:

An attorney who has been admitted to practice within the Northern District of Florida and who has received authorization from the attorney of record in a case may file pleadings on behalf of that attorney using their own CM/ECF password and login. The signature block on the pleading should contain the filing attorney's s/ signature and should also include a reference to the attorney of record in the case on whose behalf they are filing.

Example signature block:

s/ Sheila Hurst-Rayborn
for William M. McCool

Sheila Hurst-Rayborn, Esq.
Florida Bar Number 000000
Hurst-Rayborn and Associates
000 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7717
Office: 850/000-0000
Fax: 850/000-0000
email address (requested)

Attorneys choosing to employ option 2 will receive notification from CM/ECF during the docketing of the pleading that they are not an attorney of record in the case. If you do not plan to represent the associated party, then you may click the "next" button and continue with the event. Attorneys who choose to skip the party/attorney association screen will not receive NEFs in the case.

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