Part of the advantage of e-filing, in general, is that it can provide greater access to courts to all people. The courts can be confusing and intimidating for people without a legal background. To help you, this blog provides some basic information. More legal resources are available at the Michigan Legal Help website.
MiFILE is intended to be used by non-attorneys in one of the following situations:
- I’m filing on behalf of myself (in the legal world this is often referred to as “Pro Per” or “Pro Se”)
- I’m not an attorney, but I’m filing on behalf of an attorney. These people often work for attorneys in a role of Legal Assistant or Paralegal.
“Pro Per” Filers
MiFILE was designed to be easy to use for all people. Filers that wish to file on their own behalf are able to sign up for a MiFILE account using the standard sign-up procedures. It’s free and all you’ll need is access to the internet and an e-mail address (note: when signing up MiFILE will require you to confirm your e-mail address by responding to an e-mail message, click here if you don’t have access to the internet).
During the signup process make sure you identify yourself as “Pro Per”, otherwise you’ll be required to enter an attorney bar number. To make sure you’ve set this properly, go to the “Settings” area from the main page, and review the “My Information” area.
Using the MiFILE system is free and easy, and there is a lot of help on the site once you’ve logged in at: https://mifile.courts.michigan.gov/HelpLink.
You can also find resources for new filers by clicking here.
Filing on behalf of an attorney
MiFILE allows legal staff and other attorneys to file on behalf of an attorney and to share payment accounts. To file on behalf of an attorney you must establish a “Connection” to that attorney (which requires acceptance by the attorney). Once the connection is established the MiFILE system will allow you to identify the other Filer during the bundle creation/submission process (see the MiFILE help pages for more information).