eFiling is Coming Soon to your State – The Advantages of Mandatory vs. Permissive eFiling

By Brad Smith, Senior Justice Consultant, ImageSoft When I started working on my first state and local court electronic filing project in 1998, I truly felt that it would be adopted much like computer assisted legal research offered by LexisNexis and Westlaw. Here we are, nearly 20 years later, and state and local courts are … Continue reading eFiling is Coming Soon to your State – The Advantages of Mandatory vs. Permissive eFiling

Happy Halloween

One of the great motifs of the "Men in Black" movies is the human disguises used by aliens. A perfectly normal looking human turns out to be a sort of robot or exo-skin for some alien inside who is driving the apparatus. The allure of being able to wear a young, buff, fully-coifed humanoid exterior … Continue reading Happy Halloween

Black Belt: Learning to Learn

The term "Martial Arts" may seem strange to those who have never pursued them. To those who have, however, the term makes perfect sense. Karate, judo, tai-chi, kung-fu, and myriad others, are indeed arts, requiring years of dedicated study and practice to master. That's not to say that there is no benefit at the front … Continue reading Black Belt: Learning to Learn

eFiling: Audit Trail and Confidentiality

This is Part 10 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 9 here. To conclude this eFiling series, let's look back at a few pieces posted in the past that dealt with the enhancement of both the audit trail and the control over confidentiality offered by eFiling. Audit Trail One of the … Continue reading eFiling: Audit Trail and Confidentiality

Electronic Filing: Law Firm Considerations

This is Part 9 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 8 here.  Ten to fifteen years ago, some of the strongest advocacy for the rather radical idea of eFiling came from large law firms. While smaller firms had some serious doubts as to "what was in it for them", larger firms … Continue reading Electronic Filing: Law Firm Considerations

eFiling Bind-Overs and Appeals: Harvesting Some Low-Hanging Fruit

This is Part 8 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 7 here. In the standard model of eFiling, a litigant (whether private or public) initiates a case by eFiling with the court. Another, sometimes overlooked, opportunity to harvest some low-hanging fruit involves court-to-court eFiling. Using eFiling to transfer matters from a … Continue reading eFiling Bind-Overs and Appeals: Harvesting Some Low-Hanging Fruit

eFiling in Criminal Cases

This is Part 7 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 6 here. As eFiling has taken root and come of age over the past several years, my sense has been that the majority of deployments start in, and sometimes never go beyond, the  non-criminal case types (civil, family law, probate, juvenile, … Continue reading eFiling in Criminal Cases

Data-Centric eFiling

This is Part 6 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 5 here. It's easy to think of the key differentiating feature between traditional, paper document filing and eFiling as relating primarily to the method whereby the document is transported and received. That is, physically in traditional filing, and electronically in eFiling. … Continue reading Data-Centric eFiling

Workflow – The Life of a Document After Review

This is Part 5 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 4. An image I use to describe eFiling without automated workflow is Fred Flintstone's car: it looks automated; but somehow the driver is still doing all the work. From the filer's perspective, once a document is filed, electronically or otherwise, the … Continue reading Workflow – The Life of a Document After Review

Integrating eFiling with the Case Management System

This is Part 4 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 3 here. Courts understand the critical importance of and need for integrating the eFiling system (EFS) with the court's Case Management System (CMS).[1] OK; but what should that integration look like? Just like saying you need transportation to get from home … Continue reading Integrating eFiling with the Case Management System