As the efiling initiative continues, efficiencies will be gained as more and more functionality is implemented. The initial emphasis was on opening the statewide efiling portal to civil case filing. This was followed with criminal and traffic efiling in October of this year. As with any new process involving complicated workflows and large numbers of varied users, there have been growing pains. The learning curve is, however, beginning to flatten out as Clerks’ Offices, the filing attorneys, and the judiciary begin to understand all the ramifications of migrating from paper to electronic image.
As part of its version releases, the portal recently began providing eservice capability for notifications between attorneys, an obvious requirement of law and for migrating to a paperless workflow. But as most of you are aware, this is only one aspect of eservice that needs to be implemented to eliminate all of the current paper flows. It is common practice for attorneys to communicate with judges by sending them proposed orders. This is frequently a bi-directional effort and to some extent has already begun migrating to email. This issue has begun to receive much attention because very often proposed orders are efiled as attachments to motions or separately by attorneys, and then Clerks must figure out how to get these orders to judges for review. In many courthouses, the method employed is to print the proposed order and for it and the file to be delivered to the judge. Since the goal is paperless, this is not the desired outcome and a better solution has to evolve.
There is a third component to eservice and that is filled by Clerks. Currently, we send out thousands of notices each month to parties as part of the normal course of business. We too would like to be able to take advantage of going paperless and providing, to the extent possible, these notifications electronically. And that brings me to the point of this posting.
When you complete the logon to the Judicial Website, if we do not currently have PRIMARY and SECONDARY emails for you, you will be directed to the attorney My Profile - Editable section of the site that we built to allow you to keep your information on file current. We ask your indulgence for this inconvenience, but by providing us this information, we will be able to provide better and more efficient service in the near future.
Thank you for working with us, and feel free to use the “Report” selections on the Help tab of the Judicial Website, once you’ve logged in, to let us know if you have any suggestions or concerns.