Electronic Filing and Service

16 10 2010

Shortly before 5 p.m. this afternoon, an attorney asked me to file a pleading in Arizona Superior Court. I have never lived in Arizona and know little about their court systems, so I contacted our local counsel in Mesa. The paralegal I spoke with directed me to the Court’s electronic filing system, I registered for the service and began the process of filing the document. Everything went smoothly until I got ready to attach my documents. It turned out one of the documents exceeded the size limit imposed by the site, so I broke the document down into three smaller documents.

I have faced similar problems with the PACER ECF system. Although it makes things even more difficult, providing users with very limited options to label the document prior to filing. On several occasions, I have had to phone the Court and to make sure the documents get filed properly.

Since I primarily work on Texas state court cases, I use CaseFileXpress frequently. I consider it to be very user friendly, but as I discussed in a previous post, a majority of the parties involved have yet to sign up for electronic service so you lack that option.

LexisNexis’ File&Serve remains my favorite application. Its user interface, ease of navigation, unique alert system and patented Batch Document Processor make it an ideal client to use. Plus, I have never had a single instance of it rejecting a document for being too large.

Unfortunately, I learned that the Arizona court used File&Serve after I had already filed using the Court’s website, but in the future I will know the option is available. In an ideal world, all Courts would adopt the Lexis system.