Court of Appeals e-filing
The State of California, Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District has just begun electronic filing. On May 1, 2012 Divisions 1 (San Diego) and 2 (Riverside) began to accept electronically filed documents and Division 3 (Santa Ana) is not far behind. More details can be found at http://www.courts.ca.gov/17948.htm.
This represents a drastic change from the previous policy at the Court of Appeals where they would only accept documents with original signatures (in most cases), wanting multiple copies of documents and requiring that documents be specially bound. Although this may not be a major portion of most attorney services business, it will become a loss of some work for many attorney services. More importantly, it is a sign of things to come.
E-filing may have suffered a setback with the Judicial Council halting the statewide deployment of version 4 of CCMS which would have allowed for e-filing in all Superior Courts in California, but eventually it will be here. Court filings are a large portion of many of our members business. For anyone that is involved in the legal support industry, you need to start preparing (if you haven’t already) for how you are going to adjust your business model to compensate for e-filing. Robert J. Ringer once said “If you are prepared, then you are able to feel confident.” As members of CALSPro, we need to take the necessary steps so that we are prepared for any obstacles or changes that may come our way. We need to be flexible, adaptive and always looking towards the future so that we can have the confidence that our industry and our individual businesses will remain relevant for years to come.