Flagler Clerk of Courts Office accepts electronically filed documents
The Flagler County Clerk’s Office has moved a major step forward in achieving a paperless system with attorneys now filing cases and court documents utilizing the new statewide ePortal system.
Clerk of Courts Gail Wadsworth said Flagler County’s connection to the state’s ePortal opened July 1, and filings have been accepted in family, civil and probate cases. We have been testing the eportal now for 3 weeks; this testing will continue as we streamline the process to help ensure an error free experience for the legal community and eventually the public at-large.
“Electronic filing, or eFiling, enables attorneys to file lawsuits, pleadings and motions online, and savestime and costs associated with traditional paper systems. This will not only reduce the workload of our staff, thereby reducing costs, but now provides a convenient filing method, eliminating a trip to the Justice Center,” Wadsworth said.
“No longer will attorneys have to come to our office or mail a document to create a case or file on an existing case. You can do that any time from your home or office and know the document has been received within minutes or hours.” A practice I feel further reinforces our commitment of keeping my constituent “online - not in line”.
The Flagler County Clerk’s Office is currently accepting electronic filings for the following case types: Circuit Civil, County Civil, Probate, Guardianship, and Domestic Relations. For a period of 90 days following the July 1, 2012 date, Flagler County will require paper filings as back up in accordance with the Supreme Court's Electronic Access Standards. Original documents (Death Certificates, etc.) or those that contain original signatures such as affidavits, deeds, mortgages and wills must be filed manually until the court has determined the digital format by which these issues are addressed.
The primary resource is the Internet portal through which the e-filing system will run. The portal can be found at www.myflcourtaccess.com and offers a step-by-step process for registering to e-file. The Florida Courts E-filing Authority, which runs the portal, also has a website, www.flclerks.com/eFiling_authority.html.
“Attorneys have been enthusiastic about efiling. “ And, for those still unfamiliar with the process, there are links on our website, www.flaglerclerk.com, as well has helpful FAQs.”