Jones’ court e-filing bill approved by Senate

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to develop and implement a statewide e-filing system to make Michigan’s courts more cost efficient and easier for residents.

“A statewide electronic filing system would streamline court interactions with attorneys and the public and represents a large step toward a modern court that serves Michigan residents faster and better,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “E-filing would mean no more rushing to court to meet a 5:00 deadline, and no more lugging documents to the counter. It will eventually give residents the flexibility to file anytime and anywhere.”

Senate Bill 531 recommends to the Michigan Supreme Court an e-filing system that gives users the option of filing court papers online.

Additionally, SB 531 would create the Judicial Electronic Filing Fund, to be administered by the State Court Administration Office. The new fund would support the implementation, operation and maintenance of a statewide electronic filing system of court documents.

“An e-filing system would give the public convenient and hassle-free access to our courts and save our courts and filers both money and time,” Jones said. “It can also help our courts achieve substantial savings by reducing data entry needs and the handling and storage of paper files.”

Jones’ bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.