We learned about several electronic court filing projects this week thanks to Mark Schwartz at OneLegal, Bonnie Carver at File & Serve Express and Google News. The projects involve courts in California, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas.
Georgia Metro Clerks Choose Tyler for E-Filing
Via Business Wire, February 26, 2015: “Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL) today announced that Gwinnett County, Georgia, and the Metropolitan Court Clerks Association have selected Tyler’s Odyssey eFileGATM solution to provide a unified electronic filing platform under a master services agreement (MSA). Any Georgia court may use the MSA to procure Tyler’s e-filing solution.
Odyssey eFileGA allows attorneys and other parties doing business with the courts to file cases, pleadings, motions and other documents online without having to travel to a physical court location.
In addition to Gwinnett County, the rapidly growing number of Georgia counties that have selected eFileGA includes Bibb, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Floyd, Fulton, Rockdale, Glynn State Court and Houston State Court.”
Tyler Tech has created a home page for the service at: http://www.odysseyefilega.com/
The full press release is available by clicking here.
Ohio Supreme Court Reports Early E-Filing Project Success
According to an article from The Associated Press: “The Ohio Supreme Court says attorneys are moving quickly to take advantage of a new electronic filing option.
The court says 70 percent of documents have been filed electronically since the court began allowing the process last month.
The full article is available here.
New Jersey Expands eCourts Project to Tax Court
Via press release, March 2, 2015:
“The New Jersey Judiciary has expanded eCourts to include cases filed in the Tax Court, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.
“The expansion of eCourts into the Tax Court brings us one step closer to becoming a paperless court system,” said Chief Justice Rabner. “I am pleased with the progress we have made in developing our electronic filing and case management systems, which will enable us to serve litigants, attorneys and the public more efficiently and effectively.”
The Tax Court began accepting electronic filings from registered attorneys on Feb. 9. Attorneys can file new complaints and case information statements in local property tax cases electronically through the eCourts portal at njcourts.com.
The data is entered automatically into the tax court case management system. The system automatically assigns a docket number and creates an electronic case jacket that is accessible for attorneys to inspect all of the submitted documents in that case. The eCourts system also sends electronic court notices to the parties in the case, eliminating the need to mail paper notices.”
The full press release (PDF) is available by clicking here.
File & Serve Xpress Announces Innovative Services Update
Via press release, March 4, 2015:
“File & ServeXpress, the national leader and pioneer of legal e-Filing and e-Service, is expanding its product suite for the first time since the combination of CaseFileXpress and File and Serve, a former LexisNexis company. CaseEdge™, a secure, cloud-based platform, offers a suite of applications that enable lawyers to perform the vast majority of their critical professional and business functions all in one place, seamlessly providing them with a new level of efficiency and effectiveness.
“Our goal since the combination of these two pioneering companies has been to bring new products to the legal market that leverage technology to maximize attorney efficiency,” said Mel Yarbrough, File & ServeXpress CEO. “Practicing law today requires that attorneys have all the tools at their disposal. CaseEdge will significantly enable lead generation, client intake, client communication and referrals, pleading analytics and a vast majority of other critical business functions that an attorney needs. The suite essentially provides an attorney with a virtual law office.”
CaseEdge leverages market-leading and proprietary modules to enable lawyers to perform day-to-day tasks all from one convenient location, the Virtual Law Office Dashboard™. CaseEdge streamlines an attorney’s practice with an affordable solution that combines industry leading, third-party solutions with innovative, proprietary technology. Through CaseEdge, an attorney can log-in from any device to start or continue work on a wide variety of law practice functions.
In the initial market release of CaseEdge, attorneys can utilize the platform with the following tools through the Virtual Law Office Dashboard:
- CaseCards™ – Represents an actual or potential legal matter, which can be generated as part of the CaseEdge lead generation service, or created by an attorney.
- E-Sign, powered by DocuSign – Sends retainer agreements, business agreements, stipulations, etc., immediately for an electronic signature.
- Refer a CaseCard – Allows attorneys to pass a legal matter to a colleague to pursue.
- Invite Peers – Other parties associated with the legal matter can access documents or contribute case notes to the CaseCard.
- Pleadings Like Yours, available in Texas pleadings only – Permits an attorney to upload any draft pleading and the system automatically analyzes, leveraging semantic analytics, to present a rank-order of similar pleadings available in the File & ServeXpress repository of pleadings.
- Find Experts, powered by DT Tracker – Searches for expert witnesses for a legal matter from a database of 50,000 expert witness records and provides a short profile. For an additional fee, attorneys can order a complete profile.
- Lead Generation – As an added benefit of a CaseEdge subscription, attorneys can purchase lead generation marketing services for a wide variety of case types.
Attorney Describes E-Filing in San Francisco Superior Court
Last, I found an article written last summer (July 24, 2014) that describes how E-filing in a state court differs from the Federal Court CM/ECF program. It also shows the “nifty” file stamp image that is being affixed to the conformed filing by the state court.
Now while that is nice, I would really like to have seen an e-signature reference number included…”just saying”.
See: http://ponfo.blogspot.com/2014/07/e-filing-works-in-sf-superior-court.html for the full article.