Once a Court decides to implement eFiling the next decision is when and whether to go mandatory.
The 'fear' to making the decision to go mandatory is that it will inconvenience some filers who are not equipped or trained to electronically file into the Court. The reality is that most attorneys have the necessary equipment (PC, Scanner, Internet Connection) and the training (they or their staff) to file electronically. Additional training to use the eFile system can be provided by the eFile provider.
For pro se and pro per litigants they can be assisted to file electronically by the Clerk's staff who assist them to file today in a paper based system...and even better: Select an eFile provider who can provide this support 24/7 to any filer!
The reasons and benefits to making eFiling mandatory include:
1) Eliminates the need for two forms of intake at the Court and the demands that makes on personnel
2) Creates the complete electronic docket allowing all parties 24/7/365 access.
3) Allows the full benefit of electronic service to be enjoyed by all parties involved inthe case.
The Federal Courts understand the importance of mandatory eFiling. It is mandatory in Bankruptcy Court and accelerating in the rest of the Federal System. There are also some state courts that are also moving in this direction.
In my opinion, the benefits of mandatory eFiling outweigh the true reason to not go mandatory: Change