Judge Roger Crittenden states in the CMO "Given the complexity of the issues and the number of parties and counsel involved, the Court finds that the traditional means for service of pleadings and discovery-related documents specified in CR 5 would be inefficient, cumbersome and expensive and that the electronic service of pleadings and discovery-related documents is the most efficient, expeditious and economical method of effecting service by and between the parties."
“Electronic filing with File & Serve will enable our court to operate more efficiently and give the justices and the attorneys more convenient access to documents for cases on appeal,” said Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis, who, along with the other members of the Court, was instrumental in the decision to move to electronic filing. File & Serve will be integrated with the court’s case management system to enable auto-docketing, and it will be initially launched for worker’s compensation cases, the largest case type heard by the court.
Attorneys with cases in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will also benefit with easier access to court documents and the ability to electronically serve documents on opposing counsel. All of this, according to Clerk of Court Rory L. Perry, will further support the use of technology in the courtroom. “Adding LexisNexis File & Serve to the court is part of our ongoing effort to address the needs of our constituents and use technology to improve the management of the appeals process,” he said.
File & Serve gives courts and law firms greater control over case file management. With a robust and secure infrastructure, File & Serve provides improved access to case documents and streamlines the intake process. Online clerk review and judicial action improve court operations, while the online document repository enhances care, custody and control. Law firms benefit from improved document access, automated case monitoring, and the elimination of the physical delivery of paper.
“We are very excited to add the West Virginia Supreme Court to the online File & Serve community,” said Michele Vivona, vice president and general manager, LexisNexis Litigation Services. “File & Serve has been very successful with trial courts across the country, and we continue to expand e-filing at the influential appellate level.”
File & Serve is used in jurisdictions in 25 states, including statewide in Colorado and Delaware. For large and small law firms in these jurisdictions, the service is now available as part of LexisNexis® Litigation Services, the company’s overarching offering of complete litigation solutions.