Jim McMillan of NCSC’s Court Technology Bulletin blogs today on his Rule 6 for e-filing.
E-Filing Must Support the Self-Represented
The whole post is very valuable, but here is some of the key language:
So how are states going to mandate E-filing when a majority of their cases include the self-represented? The answer of course is to provide online capabilities that are designed for the self-represented. These capabilities should include first guided forms for data capture (for example see www.a2jauthor.org and Minnesota’s I-CAN! court forms http://www.mncourts.gov/ican). Many courts unfortunately currently only allow self-represented litigants to generate the paper forms with these systems. However a few do “save” the data so that it can be automatically transferred and entered into their CMS/EDMS when the litigant appears at the court and submits their signed paper copies and/or fee payment. An excellent example of a fully electronic online filer/response system has been built by the UK Courts in their Money (Small) Claim Online system.
Jim also discusses signature and verification issues in this post.