CT e-filing: Family Law Attorneys and Pro Ses To Get an Upgrade

If you thought our Judicial Branch was done with its e-filing advancements, think again.  Family Law practitioners and pro ses . . . you’re up next.

According to David Iaccarino and DJ Peak of CT’s Judicial Branch, there’s even more e-filing advancements coming soon. Before we begin seeing any additional changes on the user end of things, the Judicial Branch has a mainframe overhaul in the works, which should be completed by the end of 2011. By the Fall of 2012 the Judicial Branch hopes to be able to open up the e-filing system to self-represented parties.  Finally, by the Winter/Spring of 2013 the Judicial Branch hopes to enact mandatory e-filing for attorneys in family cases (optional e-filing for self-represented parties).

Self-represented parties who wish to participate in the e-filing system will receive a username and password which will allow them access to the e-filing system only in their individual case(s).

The availability of family pleadings and filings on the internet has always been a concern because of the highly sensitive nature of the information contained in these filings.  However, Connecticut, unlike other states, currently only allows access to electronic court files outside of the courthouse to attorneys who have an appearance in the file.

Considering a statistic cited by Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers earlier this week—that 84% of Family cases filed in Connecticut involved at least one self-represented party–it will be interesting to see if the Judicial Branch’s computer systems and e-filing help lines will be able to support the onslaught of pro-se e-filers.

5 Responsesto “CT e-filing: Family Law Attorneys and Pro Ses To Get an Upgrade”

  1. Whills says:

    e-filing for pro se litigants…that’s fantastic. However, part of the benefit of physical filing for pro-se litigants is that they can get on-site legal assistance or ask questions about the judicial process. Hopefully this convenience won’t hinder pro-se litigants more than it helps!

  2. I. Mae Efile says:

    Ideas requested please …

    I am wondering about deadlines and additional work which could be required of pro se e-filings, not by intention of course but because attorneys can affirm and virtually (“as if”) sign their papers but pro se’s (who functionally are both representative and party) need affidavits that are notarized.

    Logistically it seems a lot of extra printing and re-loading steps requiring even more professional equipment and time and opportunity for one kind of travel or another. But optimistic, and open to suggestions and eager for them… until we can somehow find ways to be allowed to affirm it and cyber-sign it seems rather complex and daunting and even “a bit” risky. Yes? No? Thanks.

    P.S. As it is as to process, the Self Representing often work alone without non-party assistance for certain team functions that can be assumed in automated processes though not always.

  3. admin says:

    The best part of new e-filing procedures for pro-se litigants is that it’s optional.

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