- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

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.

“Nearly 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 hours.

The move will also bring appellate courts into the Odyssey online case management system, which is currently used by courts in 48 counties.

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.

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