Colorado, which has a successful statewide electronic filing initiative, has signed a three-year contract extension for the use of LexisNexis File & Serve, the e-filing system from LexisNexis U.S., a leading provider of legal, news and business information services, the company announced recently.
Colorado in 2000 became the first state to adopt e-filing across the state using LexisNexis File & Serve and leads the nation in number of courtsonline and number of filings and service transactions. All 64 counties are online, and e-filing is used in over 80 percent of the general jurisdiction court civil cases.
"E-filing has had a very positive effect on how the courts and the clerk's office operate," said Jerry Marroney, court administrator for Colorado and a former judge. "Judges and their staffs have better access to case information, and clerks are able to more efficiently manage the intake of filings."
Marking the five year anniversary of the project, Colorado courts are using LexisNexis File & Serve in general-jurisdiction civil, domestic relations, water rights and probate cases. County courts will begin e-filing in 2006. The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are also considering e-filing.
"The Colorado experience demonstrates that e-filing to the courts and e-service between attorneys can be successful on a broad scale," said Michele Vivona, chief operating officer of the LexisNexis, responsible for e-filing.
Many individual Colorado courts are converting from voluntary to mandatory e-filing.A detailed Colorado e-filing case study is available at www.lexisnexis.com/ColoradoStory.