As states move to efiling of court documents a dilemma can arise between individual counties seeking out their own efiling systems and the desire to have uniformity throughout a state. Tennessee confronted this situation in the 2013 legislative session and appears set to send its solution to the Governor.
Unless otherwise provided by law, on or after the effective date of this act, all courts in this state shall utilize the same system provider for operating an electronic court filing system. Such provider shall be determined by the administrative office of the courts.
Neither bill went anywhere.
Instead, late in the session an amendment was offered to replace the text of another bill set: HB 1226 / SB 1057. Under this language counties could use any system approved by the AOC and that met criteria and technical specifications set by the AOC.
Unless otherwise provided by law, all courts in this state that implement an electronic court filing system pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 46 and Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 5B shall utilize only a system provider authorized by the administrative office of the courts. The administrative office of the courts shall establish technical standards with the goals of ensuring integrity of filings, assuring an environment that promotes uniformity and ease of filing, and providing the framework for future compatibility among e-filing solutions implemented by local and state courts. Nothing in this section shall require the administrative office of the courts to begin implementing a statewide e-filing system.
The Senate version passed the Senate April 10, the House then adopted the Senate bill on April 11.