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Mandatory eFiling In Texas – What Has Been Your Experience??

I wanted to use this platform as a way to share our experiences on the new mandatory eFiling system for Texas Civil Courts. I have talked with many librarians around Texas over the past few weeks and have found many of us have been tasked with preparing our firms for the new mandate, and working with the vendors in testing the new system. To say it has been a strain on our sanity may be a bit of an understatement.

So that we may "share the pain" (or, if you have a success story, please share that too), please comment with your experiences on this post. I know that many have decided to switch from traditional vendors because of their inability to adjust to the new eFiling system, or for the inability to also meet the mandate for eService for the ten largest Texas county courts.

Here is the statement from the eFileTexas.Gov site on the mandate:
In December 2012, the Texas Supreme Court mandated e-filing in civil matters. The first group of counties (Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Hidalgo and Fort Bend), the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the 14 Courts of Appeal become mandatory January 1, 2014. This means that attorneys will no longer be able to file paper documents at the clerk's counter. E-filing in all other counties will become mandatory on a graduated schedule through July 1, 2016.
The eFiling system and consolidation under one platform is supposed to make it easier, faster, and more efficient for those filing matters with Texas courts. Has that been your experience? Have you jettisoned your current provider for a new provider? Have the Court Clerks for the counties affected been helpful during the transition? How are you preparing your attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, and other staff for the new eFiling system?

Please share your experiences with all of us!!


 

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9 comments:

Dan said...

We had to move off of File and Serve and over to a new vendor because they were not ready for the transition to the new EFiling system.

Jason said...

Greg,

Listservs like the Texas Probate Mailing List have a number of active threads complaining about how the eFiling system isn't working for them. One lawyer noted that the Case Information Sheet and Petition have to be separate lead documents when filed, but his (popular forms vendor) and another efiling service only allows the user to upload one lead document. As a result, his filings keep being rejected.

It sounds like there a number of problems with implementation. I would be interested in knowing which provider is doing it correctly.

Greg Lambert said...

Thanks Jason.

Are any of those listserv's achives available for non-members to view? If so, is there a link you can share?

One of the vendors that we have looked at is FileTime.

Jason said...

Greg,

To my knowledge there's no public archive of the threads. I can probably send it to you though if you like.

George Knecht said...

Great idea for a post Greg. My company, Green Filing, is working on becoming an additional certified vendor in Texas (expect to be available Q1 this year). In the meantime, we've started a open forum for the Texas Legal Community to discuss e-filing issues. We plan on being active in this forum, sharing our insight as a vendor into the e-filing process and welcome the other Texas vendors to participate as well. You can find the forum at http://www.greenfilingtexas.com and we welcome all 3 Geeks and a Law Blog readers to visit the site to find answers to their e-filing questions, or simply discuss any and all e-filing issues.

Thanks so much.

George Knecht said...

Just making the link from my previous post above active.

http://www.greenfilingtexas.com

Thanks

Anonymous said...

The problem for the service providers and for the counties who are struggling to update their own software is that Tyler keeps changing the rules of the game. Poor planning and leadership are to blame.

Anonymous said...

We are now well into the efiling system, and it is sorely lacking on mny fronts. The invoicing system needs to be moderated for rejecting filings and crediting the charges. The choices and flexibility for filing needs to include the variables that are so lost to a system that was seemingly progrmmed by IT people tht have no experience with the evolution of needs for pleadings and associated services (such as citation issuance that cannot be selected without certain documents being filed in unison). When rejections leave victims in their wakes becuase the access to justice is thwarted by a font size, we have a serious problem. Tinker toy system that obstructs and/or ignores the needs. It is an embarrassment - and dangerous for many.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering how law firms are keeping up with the demands of e-filing. Are legal assistants and paralegals easily transitioning into shifting responsibilities and allowing time for this ? I am currently spending most of my day doing these filings and wondering how other firms are keeping up...

 

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