Fourth DCA initiates e-filing as a step toward going paperless

first_img February 1, 2004 Regular News Fourth DCA initiates e-filing as step toward going paperless Fourth DCA initiates e-filing as a step toward going paperless The Fourth District Court of Appeal anticipates moving toward a paperless system in the near future and is testing the concept by first initiating an e-filing procedure.While paper filings are not yet going away, Fourth DCA Judge Martha Warner told the Appellate Practice Section at the Bar’s Miami Midyear Meeting that the court also wants lawyers to begin electronically filing their documents with the court along with the paper filings.Judge Warner said a true e-filing component will not be ready until the court obtains the necessary document management and indexing systems and institutes the rule changes necessary to move to a paperless court.“It is the up-and-coming thing,” Warner said. “We have decided to just jump in the middle of it and get going on it.”Right now, Warner said, only one state appellate court in the nation — Arizona — has gone paperless, but the Fourth DCA has put in a supplemental budget request with the legislature this year to obtain the funding needed to set up a pilot project in Florida.In the meantime, she said, the court is asking attorneys to submit a copy of all their filings with the court online instead of on disc.Judge Warner said on the court’s Web site ( there is a link on the left side that allows a lawyer to register to e-file. Once the lawyer fills out the registration information and it is verified, the court will send the lawyer an e-mail with instructions on how to file.In addition to briefs, Warner also said the court wants lawyers to file their transcripts on line “because part of the purpose of this is to assist us in letting our staff start to learn how to use and how to work with electronic documents before we actually go completely paperless.”“I happen to think this is going to be great,” Warner said.Fourth DCA docket now available online The Fourth District Court of Appeal’s docket is now available on-line.To access the docket, go to the court’s Web site at and click on “Case Docket” on the left in the blue field.last_img read more