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Court: Slow start for optional e-filing

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Indiana Lawyer Rehearing

Marion Superior Courts have fully implemented e-filing for civil collections and mortgage foreclosure cases, but law firms and attorneys are not en masse embracing the change that’s currently a voluntary choice.

Launched in May, the e-filing program being managed by LexisNexis File & Serve has seen about 6,103 total MF and CC cases filed as of the four-month mark Sept. 17, and 995 of those – or 16.3 percent – have been e-filed. Court administration estimates that about 1,900 cases will have been e-filed by year’s end.

But the court hopes that more attorneys and law firms will get involved, and court administrators say they are encouraged by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s enthusiasm about the project and free training being offered. Though the system is currently optional, those leading the Marion Superior project say it will likely become mandatory at some point.

This e-filing project is similar to one that also began earlier this year in Lake County, though that one involves an internally created court system. Similar systems have been implemented on a statewide basis in places like Colorado and Delaware, which have implemented either voluntary or mandatory e-filing.

The Indiana Supreme Court had approved local rules earlier this year allowing for the Marion Superior e-filing project. Those rules can be found at www.in.gov/judiciary/marion/docs/efiling021910.pdf.
 

Rehearing "2 county court systems get e-filing approval" IL March 31-April 13, 2010

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