Indiana’s state court electronic system has gone from a crawl to baby steps. The grand plan is for a state-wide e-filing system by the end of 2018:
The Indiana Lawyer.com: 6 counties next in line for trial court e-filing
The federal court system has had e-filing for years through Pacer (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), which “allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts….” Indiana’s system presumably will have the same mission, except that Pacer charges a minimal fee for access to certain court documents. Indiana’s service will be free.
E-filing is great for lawyers, their staffs and, as a result, their clients, because pleadings and other court papers can be filed over the internet instead of delivering paper to the courthouse. An added benefit is that these court filings can be accessed by anyone at any time. Stephen Creason, chief counsel of the state Attorney General office’s appeals division, told The Indiana Lawyer:
Essentially the clerk's office doors are going to be open electronically, on the Internet, 24-7, 365 days a year, at no cost…. So, the public can find out what the business of the courts is and what is going on in the court system.
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