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Texas launches largest statewide e-filing of court documents in U.S.
Texas has become the nation’s largest state to implement a mandatory electronic court filing (e-filing) system aimed at digitizing court filings. Beginning Jan. 2, civil cases filed in the state’s 10 most populous counties -- Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Hidalgo, Tarrant, and Travis -- and all case types in the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and 14 appellate courts, must be filed electronically. Every six months, more counties will make the change from paper to digital until all courts throughout the state are e-filing for civil cases by 2016.
In 2014, Texas’ e-filing system, known as eFileTexas and available at www.efiletexas.gov, is expected to handle more than 3.5 million electronic court filings -- more than any other state system in the country.
The system works by accepting electronic documents from attorneys and other filers via Web portals and securely distributes these documents to the appropriate county or appellate court where they can be accepted into the case management system of that court.
“The Texas judiciary saw the state’s massive size and scale not as an obstacle, but rather an opportunity to create convenience and cost savings for residents, courts, and attorneys in each of the state’s 254 counties,” said Bruce Graham, president of Tyler’s Courts and Justice Division. “By replacing slow, paper-based processes with e-filing, eFileTexas.gov reflects the consumerization of technology by government. Progressive public-sector agencies like the Texas judiciary apply reliable, easy-to-use technology to bring the kinds of convenience and efficiency to government that we, as consumers, expect from technology in our daily lives.”
For more information and to download b-roll and an eFileTexas.gov press kit, visit www.efiletexas.gov.
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