Schedule for Mandatory E-Filing in Civil Cases Rolled Out

, Texas Lawyer


The Texas Supreme Court has mandated that lawyers file court documents electronically, using the state's new TexFile system, in civil cases in intermediate appellate and trial courts. "E-filing is coming, whether we like it or not," says Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green.

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  • I. Suster

    We have been electronically filing since electronic filing became available. The real change for lawyers will likely be a different office (if any office) and courthouse. Our filing room has already been cut in half and will likely disappear like the law library. Our server is now in the cloud. Because lawyers are now e-mailing and sending documents by e-mail (instead of sending letters), and can just as easily simply file pleadings themselves online, I expect many of our staff to disappear along with court staff---wont be much to file away (I suppose someone is needed to profile digitally stored documents). Of course, this just means nowhere to hide from work.

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