Your Guide to the New Indiana E-Filing Rules
E-filing is now available in over half of Indiana courts, and it will be statewide by the end of 2018. Mandatory e-filing (subsequent and initial filings in available case types) begins this August in many circuits and courts, and voluntary e-filing will begin soon for the rest.
The new, statewide e-filing system will be used to file documents online in nearly all types of cases in the state’s trial and appellate courts. To help attorneys and paralegals have a smooth transition to the new e-filing system, we’ve put together a helpful guide using information from the Indiana Judicial Branch’s website.
Step One: Know Your Voluntary & Mandatory E-Filing Dates
Below you’ll find the list of the announced counties for the voluntary and mandatory e-filing dates as of August, 2018. As the Indiana Judicial Branch’s website states, “exact dates are subject to change, and more counties will be added and start e-filing before the end of 2018.”
You’ll want to make sure that you have these important dates in mind as you go through the other steps in the e-filing process.
|Decatur Township Small Claims Court (Marion County)||FRI, JUN 15, 2018||TUE, AUG 14, 2018|
|Pike Township Small Claims Court (Marion County)||FRI, JUN 15, 2018||TUE, AUG 14, 2018|
|Montgomery Circuit & Superior Courts||FRI, JUN 22, 2018||TUE, AUG 21, 2018|
|Daviess Circuit & Superior Courts||WED, JUN 27, 2018||MON, AUG 27, 2018|
|Ripley Circuit & Superior Courts||FRI, JUN 29, 2018||TUE, AUG 28, 2018|
|Warrick Circuit & Superior Courts||FRI, AUG 10, 2018||TUE, OCT 9, 2018|
Step Two: Know the Rules for E-Filing
Trial Rule 86 in the Rules of Trial Procedure fully outlines the new e-filing rules for trial court, and you can click here to read it. Trial Rule 86 becomes effective in a county only once the county adopts the e-filing system. This is why it’s important to know the e-filing date that signals your county adopting the system.
For e-filing in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, read the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 68. Read Rule 23 of the Tax Court Rules for the e-filing rules in Tax Court.
Step Three: Choose an E-Filing Service Provider
There are several e-filing service providers that are available to attorneys and litigants. In order to be an e-filing service provider in Indiana, companies must complete a certification process through the Indiana Supreme Court.
As Indiana’s E-Filing User Guide suggests, one thing you might want to consider when you’re choosing your provider is the quality and availability of training and support.
Step Four: Get The Training And Support You Need
For general support and help understanding e-filing in the trial and appellate courts, read Indiana’s E-filing User Guide. This is an extremely helpful document.
The E-filing User Guide lists several how to’s, such as, how to plan the timing of your filings, how to handle confidential information in filings, how to prepare documents to be e-filed, how to avoid filing errors, and more. You’ll also find information on starting the e-filing process and properly formatting documents.
You’ll also want technical training and help from your e-filing service provider. As we mentioned in Step Three, the training and support offered by your provider is an important factor when choosing your provider. Read the list of Indiana e-filing service providers and their technical training and support by clicking here.
Step Five: Sign Up For E-Filing and Technology Updates
If you want to stay current on e-filing news, register for E-filing updates on the Indiana Judicial Branch’s website. These will notify you when new e-filing service providers are certified, when e-filing becomes available in a court or county, and share other important notices.
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