Texas State Court Administrator testifies before House committee on e-filing in the state

Cross-posted at Court Technology Bulletin

At this point, at least some courts in nearly every U.S. state have some form of e-filing of court documents (details can be found at the National Center for State Court’s e-filing Resource Guide), including Texas. That state’s system was the subject of an interim meeting of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. The
July 11, 2012 hearing focused on questions typically asked in many states, such as:

  • How do you pay for an e-filing system?
  • How much do e-filing systems cost?
  • Should each county/trial court have its own system or a single, unified one?
  • Is it better to try to buy “off-the-shelf”, develop the software with the judicial branch (or a particular court), license existing software, or something else?
  • Is e-filing the right way to go for every court and county?
  • Should the state take on the entirety of financing for e-filing?

Testimony on these and related issues were provided by from David Slayton, Administrative Director of the Texas Office of Court Administration and Martin Zelinsky, General Counsel for the state’s Department of Information Resources.