Statewide E-filing Initiative
The key mission of the State Court Administrative Office is to help trial courts improve service to the public. Statewide e-filing will help trial courts become more efficient and improve service to court users. E-filing allows for the filing of court documents from anywhere in the state at any time of the day without having to drive to a court office or send large amounts of printed materials via a delivery service, thereby saving time, gas, parking fees, copy costs, and delivery charges. A statewide e-filing system will also accommodate electronic notice and service of process and provide other expanded benefits to improve the efficiency of court interactions by attorneys, parties, and the public. Additional savings are generated when e-filing is linked to electronic document management systems in the trial courts so that judges and staff can easily access important files at any time and from any place. This is the next step in technological advancement for our courts and may someday result in an entirely paperless court system –serving Michigan residents faster and better.
RFI for a Statewide eFiling System
The State Court
Administrative Office (SCAO) has issued a "request for information"
(RFI) regarding the amount of funding required to design, test, train, stage and
deploy a statewide eFiling system. The goal of this RFI is to obtain sufficient
information for SCAO to prepare a budget and implementation plan for three
components of a statewide eFiling project: (1) an electronic filing service
provider (EFSP) solution for pro se filers and filers from other governmental
entities (e.g., Prosecutors, Attorney General, Department of Human Services);
(2) an electronic filing manager (EFM) solution that will accommodate all EFSPs;
and (3) an electronic document management system (EDMS) that will integrate with
the EFM, and can be used by those counties that do not already have an EDMS.
The RFI is available here.