Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Texas Modifies Mandatory E-Filing Rules

On June 24, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an amended order requiring electronic filing by attorneys in the appellate courts, district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional county courts and statutory probate courts.


The amended order clarifies that juvenile cases are not subject to the statewide mandate at the district court, statutory county court and constitutional county court. Juvenile cases on appeal at the appellate courts are still subject to the statewide mandate. To read the full order, visit

Our comment.  This highlights the work that needs to be done across the board in CCMS, E-Filing, EDMS, and electronic communication systems to identify and protect documents with strong electronic signatures.  Overall automated system protection using technology for documents and messages needs to be carefully planned and implemented in order to create a more (yes, we mean it, more) secure environment compared with the existing paper systems.  This can be done, it is now up to a court/court system to do it.  If you have, please let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks Bill Raftery from our sister Gavel to Gavel blog for the notice.

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