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    E-Filing in Wisconsin Courts: Convenient and Efficient

    John Voelker

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    Dec. 19, 2012 – The Supreme Court Rules now allow Wisconsin courts to accept electronically filed documents, and the court of appeals requires them. In this video, Director of State Courts John Voelker discusses the roll out of electronic filing in 18 counties.

    According to Voelker, the volume has been relatively small to date. Before rolling out e-filing statewide Voelker wants to ensure the system is convenient and efficient for all users – lawyers, judges, and clerks of court. The recent addition of e-filing in Milwaukee County will certainly increase volume and will bring more feedback on how to improve the system.

    How E-filing Helps Lawyers

    • E-filing reduces travel time to the courthouse, which may be many miles away in rural areas or mean dealing with traffic in metropolitan areas.

    • All documents filed by either side are accessible 24/7. In addition, you are notified whenever documents are filed regarding your case

    How E-filing helps the Courts

    • E-filing is a great time saver by eliminating data entry. The information provided by the attorney is automatically entered into CCAP.

    • Since files are available electronically, they are never misplaced. Judges, clerks, and lawyers can access documents simultaneously without having to locate the paper files.

    Voelker was a panelist at the opening plenary session, “Back to the Future … of Law,” at the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Solo & Small Firm Conference last October.