Thursday, January 01, 2015

Supreme Court Will Finally Move To Electronic Filing and Public Access

Chief Justice John Roberts announced yesterday in his Year-End Report on the State of the Judiciary (full text) that the U.S. Supreme Court will finally develop its own system for electronic filing and retrieval of documents. He said in part:
The Supreme Court is currently developing its own electronic filing system, which may be operational as soon as 2016. Once the system is implemented, all filings at the Court—petitions and responses to petitions, merits briefs, and all other types of motions and applications—will be available to the legal community and the public without cost on the Court’s website. Initially, the official filing of documents will continue to be on paper for all parties in all cases, with the electronic submission an additional requirement for parties represented by attorneys. Once the system has operated effectively for some time and the Supreme Court Bar has become well acquainted with it, the Court expects that electronic filing will be the official means for all parties represented by counsel, but paper filings will still be required. Parties proceeding pro se will continue to submit documents only on paper, and Court personnel will scan and upload those documents to the system for public access.
Much of his report is an explanation of why the Court has been so slow in adopting this technology.  Legal Times has more on the announcement.