Electronic filing eases operations for courts across the country

January 11th, 2013 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Document Management | Workflow

A growing paperless trend has caused more courts to implement electronic filing solutions for easier document management and distribution. Oregon has begun a statewide conversion to electronic file management that has resulted in improved workflow and an easier process for submitting documents.

Courthouse staff has seen benefits from the digital solution as well, since managing and filing is significantly more efficient. Documents no longer have to be physically sent in or handled, which saves employees time while also making the transmitting of sensitive or confidential information more secure. Mark Schwartz, vice president of E-Solutions for Tyler Technology's Courts and Justice Division, explained that converting to a digital system has been an improvement for the court.

"Electronic filing makes access to justice more efficient and effective for courts and everyone in the legal community, whether you're an urban law firm or an independent attorney in a rural part of the state," he said.

Iowa Courts are also looking to employ the digitization process to streamline the maintenance of records. The Spencer Daily Reporter announced that by June of this year, the Judicial Court of Iowa plans to use an electronic document management system for e-filing.

District Court Administrator Leesa McNeil noticed that citizens file at varying times, depending on convenience, which can often be at night or on weekends. Making documents available electronically will relieve citizens of having to physically go to the courthouse. Since courthouse employees receive e-filed documents immediately, they are also able to share and work on claims more efficiently.

Converting to an electronic document management system allows courts to better service citizens by streamlining the process of receiving, filing and processing important claims.

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