Thursday, March 20, 2014

E-Filing Comes to a California Appellate Court, at long last

See Emily Green's piece in the DJ today about the 1st DCA's new e-filing program. She reports that "There are 40 states with intermediate appellate courts and roughly 20 have e-filing, according to the National Center for State Courts."
The system implemented by the 1st District Court of Appeal is relatively rudimentary. Two outside vendors host and manage the e-filing system, and lawyers pay $9 per filing. Court employees can access the documents, but they aren't available to the public online. Lawyers won't file a paper version of the documents. ....
Other appellate courts in the state have experimented with e-filing. The 2nd District Court of Appeal requires administrative documents, such as requests for time extensions, to be e-filed.