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Documents and pleadings may be filed electronically using the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system (CM/ECF). See the Court's CM/ECF site for further information. If you are a pro se filer, documents or pleadings can either be filed in the Jefferson City, Kansas City, or Springfield courthouse.

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The Clerk's Office is open to the public for business Monday thru Friday, except for legal holidays, during the hours 9:00 to 4:30.

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The CM/ECF system is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week which will allow for the electronic filing of documents and pleadings at any time. If it is necessary to file a document in paper, there is a drop box located in the courthouse lobby. Documents and pleadings may be placed in the drop box between the following hours and will be deemed filed that day.

Kansas City - 7:00 am and 6:00 pm
Springfield - 7:30 am and 5:00 pm
Jefferson City - There is no drop box at this location.

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No, faxed documents are not accepted in District Court.

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The fee for filing a civil case is $400. The fee for filing a miscellaneous action is $46.

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In Person: cash in the correct amount, check, money order, cashier's check, debit, or credit card. Please Note: cash is not accepted in the Jefferson City courthouse. No payments of any kind are accepted in the Springfield courthouse.

Electronically via CM/ECF: credit card or ACH (direct deposit) which includes checking accounts, savings accounts, or debit cards.

Effective April 12, 2017, the court will no longer accept prepaid debit cards as a method of payment. In Kansas City, for your convenience, there is an ATM located on the Plaza level of the Kansas City courthouse, in the dining area of the cafeteria.

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You may represent yourself (referred to as Pro Se), however the District Court and clerk's office will not be able to provide you with legal advice.

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To file electronically, see the Court's Electronic Case Filing Web site. To file pro se, you will need an original and one copy of the original signed complaint, a completed JS-44 civil cover sheet, $400 filing fee, or a motion to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP).

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Some district forms may also be downloaded here. You should familiarize yourself with the court's local rules to determine which forms are required.

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You may contact the judges' courtroom deputy to obtain information on procedures and case status.

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As officers of the court, attorneys are authorized to issue subpoenas in the name of any court in which they are authorized to practice, and, in the case of a deposition in another district, in the name of the court where the deposition is taking place. It is not required that the attorney be a member of the bar or admitted pro hac vice in the district where the subpoena is issued, as long as he/she is authorized to practice in the district where the primary case was filed. Note: Parties who are not officers of the court must have the clerk's office sign the subpoena for them before service.

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