The Supreme Court of Virginia is preparing to roll out its pilot electronic filing project in the Norfolk Circuit Court.
Selected lawyers will be able to file papers in civil cases from their office computers beginning April 15, according to a Supreme Court news release.
The Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System was developed by the Supreme Court’s Office of Executive Secretary to integrate with existing data systems in circuit court clerks’ offices. The filing application is designed to work with the statewide case management, case imaging and financial management systems.
A limited number of attorneys will be registered to use the Norfolk system initially, to be expanded later, according to the release. The system will “soon be offered statewide to all circuit courts,” said Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser in the release.
The system will free clerks’ offices from repetitive data entry, filing and scanning, said Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk George E. Schaefer.
A number of other Virginia courts are already using or preparing to use privately developed e-filing systems.