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Getting Used to Mandatory E-Filing

January 9, 2009

Like it or not, this week marks the first week of mandatory e-filing in Philadelphia County. The period of optional e-filing for people to get used to the system has ended. Filing everything from a complaint to a praecipe to settle, discontinue and end can now only be accomplished online.

Admittedly, I haven’t had the opportunity to personally file something through the system yet (although my clerk and secretary have).  I know many other Philadelphia court practitioners who have yet to use it as well.  I did, however, have the opportunity to take a training class provided by the court system at my firm’s location.  It will take some getting used to, but it does appear relatively straightforward.  If nothing else, it obviates the need for civil cover sheets.  Another interesting nuance is how it affects the Arbitration Center, as eventually, the arbitration panel must refer to the computer, instead of a paper file to look at the dockets and read the pleadings. 

Training classes from the court are still available.  It would probably be worth your time to learn to be familiar with the system. 

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