Indiana courts shifting to online filing system

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court said Friday
that lawyers will soon be able to file documents electronically to
courts throughout the state.
The change brings the court in line
not only with automatic payroll deposits and other payments, but with
the federal courts, which operate their own online filing system.
every aspect of our lives includes electronic documents," Chief Justice
Brent Dickson said in a statement. "Stores send receipts via email;
banks allow check deposits through a smartphone. Now lawyers and
litigants will be able to file court documents electronically. Using
this technology, our courts will be more efficient and better able to
administer justice without delay."
E-filing will be able to be
done not only at the appellate court level, but with county clerks
across the state, who currently accept documents on paper and maintain
them on a 28-year-old computer system. Residents and lawyers will be
able to file documents 24 hours a day instead of waiting for office
The move will also bring appellate courts into the Odyssey
online case management system, which is currently used by courts in 48
The state says the change will increase effectiveness
and save money. Bidding competition is expected to keep fees for using
the system relatively low.
The e-filing system, which ends two centuries of paper filings, is expected to begin in phases starting
next year.