Lake County has officially adopted electronic filing, making it the last county that will roll out e-filing this year.
During a presentation before the State Budget Committee last week, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush said that as of this month, 85 counties had implemented e-filing. That just misses the mark of the high court’s original goal for all 92 counties to use e-filing system by the end of the year.
Of the remaining seven counties, circuit and superior courts in Wayne, Putnam, Howard and Clinton counties are scheduled to implement voluntary e-filing in March, April and May of next year, with Clinton County adopting mandatory e-filing at the latest date, July 16, 2019. The other three counties – Miami, Pike and Sullivan – are still awaiting deployment of the Odyssey electronic case management system and will move to e-filing after Odyssey is in place.
As one of Indiana’s most populous counties, Lake County sought money earlier this year to hire new staffers to assist in the transition to the new filing system. The northwest county previously utilized the CourtView court record management system, but adopted Odyssey in May, when it announced that it would likely contribute more than 80,000 files to the online case management system.
The current schedule of e-filing adoption is available here.