Attorneys in Florida are now finding it easier to file case documents, following the implementation of an electronic filing portal.
In April, the Florida Supreme Court mandated that all attorneys file documents electronically for civil cases, as well as probate, circuit and county civil cases and family law cases.
According to Bay County Clerk of Court, Bill Kinsaul, the statewide portal is being implemented and used successfully by more than one third of attorneys in the Florida Bar Association.
In Bay County, more than 5 thousand documents have already been filed. State wide, that's more than 206 thousand documents.
Chief Deputy Clerk, Jody Walls, said e-filing is making the process quicker, cheaper, and it better serves the public and the judicial system.
"It's saving us money and everything is time stamped right when we get it. So, when the attorneys file cases, they're time stamped. It makes things more efficient, it makes things faster and it costs less money," said Walls.
Florida is one of the first states to implement statewide e-filing of court documents.
By October, attorneys will be required to e-file criminal cases in addition to civil.