INDIANA ENTERS THE DIGITAL AGE WITH MANDATORY E-FILING
What is E-Filing?
Traditionally, all documents filed in matters pending in Indiana Courts either had to be walked or mailed in to the County Clerk’s office to be processed and filed. Starting with Hamilton County, Indiana on July 1, 2016, attorneys and pro-se litigants will be required to file all court documents electronically. This can be accomplished by utilizing one of the several certified providers which can be found at www.courts.in.gov/efile.
Are you required to e-file?
In Hamilton County, which is the pilot county for this project, that answer is yes. There are some instances in which a litigant or attorney can request that their document or pleading be filed the traditional way, however they would require permission from the Judge of the Court in which they are filing in. The goal of the State is for all 92 Indiana counties to have mandatory e-filing by the end of 2018.
How easy is it to E-File a document with the Court?
Our firm just recently filed its first document electronically with the Hamilton County Courts. The process was extremely easy and user friendly. First, our firm created an account and profile with one of the certified providers. The process to create an account took less than five minutes. Secondly, the process to file our documents was also stress free. The step by step process was easy to follow and understand and our document was on file with the Court in less than ten minutes, and we did not have to leave the comfort of our office chairs. Essentially, if you can navigate Facebook then electronically filing a document with the Indiana Courts should not be an issue for you.
By the end of 2018, the traditional methods of filing will be a distant memory. The convenience of both electronic document filing and access will be a welcome benefit to all.