Texas gears up for online suit filing
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jul 26, 2000
A Texas county is working to accept lawsuit filings via the Internet.
Bexar County District Clerk Reagan Greer sees electronic filing as a
way to eliminate the redundancies: After a suit is filed, the information
must be entered by employees into the computer system then made available
to judges on paper.
"My vision is for the judges to pull these files up on the bench," Greer
said. Bexar County, with a population of about 1.3 million people, includes
the city of San Antonio.
Earlier this year, a task force of people from the information technology
and clerks' departments and legal experts met to discuss the issue. In May,
a request for proposals was issued, and the deadline for bids is this Friday.
Greer wants the system up and running by the beginning of next year.
The county will start with civil suits, because they are simpler, but
plans to expand the project to criminal cases.
Although Greer guesses that at first mostly large legal firms with "technically
advanced attorneys" will file online, he hopes that in the future it will
become the standard way to file. For now, people will still be able to file
manually and by fax.
Above all else, Greer said whichever vendor is chosen will have to have
a proven track record in security.