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the depositing of documents with the court or with other
public officials to become preserved as part of the official record.
Often specific deadlines are imposed by which time the documents must be filed. Failure to meet the deadline may result in the
imposition of late fees or may result in the document being excluded from consideration. Court documents must be served on the
see service. See also return [FILING]. Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016