CLERK TO BRING ELECTRONIC FILING TO COURTS NEXT YEAR
Florida Supreme Court Committee approves Clerk Bock's request for E-Filing of lawsuits, court documents in Palm Beach County
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 13, 2010) – Clerk Sharon Bock’s application to bring electronic filing of lawsuits and other documents to Palm Beach County courts was approved by the Florida Supreme Court E-Filing Committee, clearing the way for E-Filing to begin in early 2011.
“This approval ushers in a new era of efficiency for Palm Beach County’s courts,” Bock said. “E-Filing will save money, save time, and provide the public with faster access to the courts.”
Once E-Filing is implemented, attorneys and others will be able to submit court documents electronically 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without traveling to the courthouse. Currently, anyone who files a court document must submit the paper documents in person or by mail.
The E-Filing system is considered by Clerk Bock to be a critical step in moving Palm Beach County toward being a “paperless court.” Another step came in 2007, when the Clerk’s office began scanning all filed court documents— roughly 28.3 million pages a year. However, under current court rules, each of those documents must also be maintained in a paper file.
“A completely paperless system would be more efficient and allow us to use our limited resources on clearing case backlogs and helping customers,” said Bock
While the approval of E-Filing won’t eliminate paper documents, it will make more of the court process electronic for those who use it. Documents will be submitted electronically through a secure system, and users will receive e-mail confirmation with the date and time of the filing once their documents have been reviewed and accepted by the clerk.
Florida Bar members in good standing will be required to register and receive unique login credentials to use the system. Members of the public representing themselves in legal matters can use their government-issued identification, such as a driver license, to receive login information.
The Clerk’s office will offer training on how to use the new system, with dates to be announced later.
For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.
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