The e-filing pilot project that kicked off in Hamilton County in July will now include the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Loretta Rush signed an order Friday expanding the project to the appellate courts beginning Monday.
The 10-page order outlines the parameters for e-filing in the appellate courts and the rules that apply. Pilot participants from the Indiana Public Defender, the Marion County Public Defender and the Indiana attorney general’s office agreed to e-file their documents with the appellate clerk in existing appeals. All other e-filing registered users may e-file, but it is not required.
Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. In May 2014, the Supreme Court determined that all state courts would move away from paper to allow e-filing of documents.
Hamilton County was the first county to use e-filing in July 2015. Already, 132 state/local government users and 549 other registered users have filed 2212 electronic cases. Other counties are scheduled to accept e-filings in the coming months, according to the court, but no specific counties or timeline has been announced.