No More Paper in Utah’s Courts
Published on May 16, 2013 by Peter Tomala
Utah’s courts are going paperless. Starting this spring, e-filing is becoming mandatory in the district courts. E-filing saves attorneys and their firms’ money concerning time, paper and mailing/delivery costs. Documents filed through e-filing are immediately delivered and entered into the court dockets. Attorneys have unlimited free access to documents filed online in the cases and receive email notifications and receipt messages which are considered to be valid service.
It’s an important development for students in Broadview University’s paralegal degree program as they stay up to date on current industry trends. Understanding the new system is another way Broadview works to stay apprised of industry standards and better comprehend the state’s court system.
As of April 1, 2013 e-filing is mandatory for pleadings and other documents in all civil and domestic matters, and paper filings will no longer be accepted. E-filing will become mandatory for all probate matters including pleadings and other documents beginning July 1, 2013. While e-filing is not mandatory in criminal proceedings both prosecuting and defense attorneys may also e-file.
To register for e-filing, attorneys must open an account with a certified e-filing service provider (EFSP). There are three EFSP’s for Utah: Utah State Bar/ Tybera Devlopment Group, Inc., Green Filing, LLC, or Judicialink, LLC. While the court does not charge a fee for e-filing; filers do have to pay a subscription fee to an EFSP. Attorneys who do only government work may be eligible for a fee-waiver on their subscription.
Training on how to e-file can be received through the EFSP that the attorney subscribes to. The Utah State Bar also provides e-filing seminar. There is also additional information on e-filing training at the Utah courts e-filing website.
For more information on e-filing in Utah visit the courts website, including the Electronic Filing Guide, a list of EFSP providers, as well as other tips and training materials. Additional information can also be found on the Utah State Bar’s Website.
By Broadview University Paralegal Program Chair, Michelle Quist