The Supreme Court of Texas has announced that it is mandating electronic filing for Texas, beginning January 1, 2014.
The order initially covers cases in the Supreme Court and civil cases in the Texas Court of Appeals beginning January 1, 2014. Electronic filing in most of the state’s trial-level courts will move to e-Filing on a graduated schedule by court population beginning January 2014 and completing in July 2016. That part of the order will apply to district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional county courts and statutory probate courts.The scheduled deadlines for compliance will run as follows:
- January 1, 2014 — Counties with populations of 500,000 or more.
- July 1, 2014 — Counties with 200,000 to 499,999.
- January 1, 2015 — Counties with 100,000 to 199,999.
- July 1, 2015 — Counties with 50,000 to 99,999.
- January 1, 2016 — Counties with 20,000 to 49,999.
- July 1, 2016 — Counties with fewer than 20,000.
Once courts are subject to mandatory e-Filing, attorneys must e-File all documents in civil cases. Attorneys must not file documents by any alternative electronic means, including by facsimile, except in emergencies. Courts and clerks must not offer attorneys in civil cases any alternative electronic means to file documents. Litigants acting without an attorney may file electronically, but e-Filing is not required.