The New York State Bar has appointed a task force to identify and examine potential systems and procedures for the efiling of documents into the courts, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each option and making recommendations to the Office of Court Administration.
This task force is ideally suited to study the progress that has been made over the past several years on the electronic filing of court documents, both from the courts' point of view and that of practicing lawyers" said NY Bar President Vincent Buzard.
A member of the task force, Wallace L. Leinheardt, explains, 'the task force's mission is finding ways to save lawyers' time, espescially the solo practitioner.
Among benefits to the court are reducing the long lines and the need to scan each document being filed saving time and money.
More Bar Associations should follow the lead of New York to explore how efiling can benefit the filers.
New York State Bar Association President Kenneth G. Standard
"Calling solo and small firm lawyers "the lifeblood of his 71,000-member organization...Standard commended the court system for advances in e-filings and access to court records, which have been well received by solo and small firm lawyers. "