Sen. Jones introduces court e-filing bill

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Rick Jones has introduced legislation to develop and implement a statewide e-filing system to make Michigan’s courts more cost efficient and easier for residents.

“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,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “E-filing will mean no more rushing to court to meet a 5:00 deadline, and no more lugging documents to the counter. When fully implemented, it will give citizens the flexibility to file anytime and anywhere with a single username and password.”

Senate Bill 531 recommends to the Michigan Supreme Court an e-filing system that gives users the option of filing court papers online. The system would be designed and managed by a qualified vendor that is chosen by an open request for proposal (RFP) that meets state standards.

Additionally, SB 531 creates 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.

“E-filing can help our courts achieve substantial savings by reducing data entry needs and the handling and storage of paper files,” Jones said. “By streamlining court interactions with attorneys and the public, e-filing represents a large step toward a modern court that serves Michigan residents faster and better.”

Jones’ bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.