Create PDF Documents
Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto
standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange
of electronic documents and forms around the world, with a
ten-year track record. PDF is a universal file format that
preserves the fonts, images, graphics, and layout of any source
document, regardless of the application and platform used to
create it. To file a case electronically with the Connecticut
Judicial Branch, you will need to create PDF documents.
Creation of PDF documents:
There are three methods you may use to create a PDF document:
- original creation using PDF software.
The first two are the most common means you are
likely to use for e-filing. This page addresses the first:
converting an existing document to PDF format.
Newer versions of popular word
processing programs such as WordPerfect® already have
the ability to convert documents. If yours does not have this
capability, all you need to do is select a "PDF
writer/conversion" program and install it to your computer.
After that installation, you may create PDF documents as easily
as you print documents!
when you are ready to print a motion using common word
processing programs, you would select "file", then "print" and
see this dialog box:
In the above example, the computer has the free CutePDFTM
Writer, so we selected that instead of the regular default
printer. After selecting the OK button you are asked for a
File Name. In this example we named the file a name we
could later identify as a specific document in a specific case.
Then click "Save".
That is all that is required to create a PDF each time from
your word processor!
The first (one time) task will be for you to obtain your
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch does
not endorse any particular software product, nor do we
assume responsibility for supporting any software you
install on your PC. The information supplied below
to products and services are provided as a courtesy and
may not continue to be available at the links shown
below. There are many other options for converting and writing
PDF files. You may wish to do an internet search
or work with the entities that provide your computer
support to find a PDF solution.
Disclaimer Regarding Third-Party Websites
Review the system requirements
before downloading any of the listed programs.
There are several PDF Writer/Conversion programs
available. Here are some options:
Adobe® Acrobat® software allows you to
create Adobe® PDF files for reliable document sharing
and can be purchased at many different locations,
including by mail and online. For a description of all
available products, visit Adobe’s online store.
You may also purchase a monthly or yearly
subscription to “Create Adobe PDF Online”, a Web-hosted service
that lets you convert a wide variety of documents into Adobe®
PDF files. Free trials for Adobe® Acrobat® products may be