July 23, 2014

Attorney with tablet

Shuffling through stacks of paper is a thing of the past for judges given the efficiencies of electronic filing and linking to the electronic evidence. Although electronic filing has been around for many years, the linked e-filed submission is now gaining momentum.  Courts and Judges across the country are embracing the effectiveness offered by linked electronic filing for a variety of reasons. First, linked electronic filing expedites the process by allowing judges to quickly and effectively read and respond to filings, thus enabling more tasks to be completed on a daily basis. This accelerated process allows lawyers and clients to advance cases at a more reasonable pace. Linked e-filings also leverage the use of electronic storage within the courts allowing for faster document filing and retrieval, fewer unorganized case files, easy maintenance of up-to-date information and the ability for different parties to view case files simultaneously. Electronic filing by itself enables documents to quickly and efficiently be routed to staff for processing and approvals, thereby minimizing paper flow and shortening process times.

According to the “Judicial Survey: Electronic Filing in U.S. State Trial Courts” conducted by the National Judicial College, nearly one in four judges indicated plans to implement electronic filing, with many expecting to do so in the next 12-18 months. The survey goes on to say, “Over eighty percent of judges see e-filing as superior to paper and almost ninety percent expressed interest in learning more about e-filing. Further, more than two-thirds of judges see reduced paper volumes, better access to information, and improved clerk efficiency as benefits of e-filing.”  In short, electronic filing is quick, effective and streamlined for all parties involved, and linked e-filing is the necessary next step. To learn more about linked electronic filings and how it can benefit you, please contact Brief-Lynx at 1-877-323-2743 or visit www.brief-lynx.com for more information.

 

Reference (http://www.judges.org/pdf/efiling_survey.pdf)