What is the procedure for E-Filing documents that may contain confidential information?

Please consider the types of confidential information contained in filings and review the Rule of Minimization, Florida. R. Judge Administration 2.425, before filing. This rule states that sensitive information filed in court cases must be limited to the designated format, e.g., no portion of any social security or credit card number, the last four digits of any driver license or passport number, the year of birth of a person’s birth date, etc.

If such information is required as noted in Rule 2.425, Rule 2.420 provides the procedure for filing an appropriate Notice of Confidential Information within Court Filing.

If the information is not covered by the list of 20 items in Rule 2.420, you may wish to consider filing a Motion to Determine the Confidentiality of Trial Court Records.

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1. Can I E-File a summons or similar document requiring the Clerk to issue? (i.e. Writ of Garnishment, Writ of Replevin, Notice of Action, Subpoena, Default, etc.)
2. Can I E-File Proposed Orders for the judge to review and sign?
3. Can service requests such as copy work, certified copies, or a record search be E-Filed?
4. Does the attorney have to send in paper follow up?
5. What is the procedure for E-Filing documents that may contain confidential information?
6. Should I electronically submit the Certificate of Sale and Certificate of Title through the E-Portal?
7. What should I do if I receive a "Case Number provided can't be verified" error message?
8. For returns of service, does the summons (or other originals) need to be included or just mentioned in the Return of Service Affidavit?
9. How do we handle the return of service back to the party who requested service?
10. Will court reporters still need to provide a paper transcript for appeals and depositions?
11. How should the "Read and Sign" deposition transcripts be filed?
12. If mental health related paperwork must be filed within 72 hours, do we use the emergency checkbox?
13. If a filing is due for a court appearance the next business day, do we file it in court, E-File it, or both?
14. Do I need to file documents not related to the case file, such as an invoice?
15. If we have 35 returns of service, do we have to file these individually?
16. Can HIPPA documents be E-Filed without the data being redacted?