The Honorable Hilton M. Fuller, Superior Court of Fulton County, GA electronically filed this statement regarding why the Court had mandated electronic filing in the Brian Nichols vs State of Georgia case:
1. Through the use of electronic filing, the court and the attorneys in this case have equal and immediate access to all pleadings, orders and other documents the instant they are filed. There is no longer a need to wait for mailed copies or to request paper copies from the clerk’s office This feature is especially efficient in cases involving out-of-state counsel.
2. When documents are e-filed, all parties are served instantaneously through the LexisNexis File and Serve electronic filing system. There can never be a question of when or if a party was served: the system preserves the notification of service, as well as the date and time each party is served.
3. The clerk’s paper file for a case of this nature is likely to be so large that its sheer size will render it unwieldy for practical use. With electronic filing, the record is maintained online, so that there is no longer a necessity to spend time poring over a lengthy case file to find a document or even to locate a reference sought in a particular brief.
You can read the entire statement here: Download ga_supct_brian_nichols_case.pdf