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Friday, August 07, 2009

Senate Passes Legislation to Make New York State Court E-Filing Permanent
The State Senate Thursday passed a bill that makes permanent the court e-filing program. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), modernizes the court filing process by allowing more civil cases to be filed electronically.

The legislation is supported by the Chief Administrative Judge of New York State Ann Pfau.
“E-filing is a fair, efficient and cost-cutting program that works. This legislation extends a successful program that eliminates paperwork and reduces processing time – it brings New York’s courts into the 21st century,” said Schneiderman. “There’s absolutely no reason not to continue e-filing.”

The e-filing program began in 1999, allowing the electronic filing of court papers, or e-filing, in only a small number of cases and in a limited number of courts. Over the last ten years, the program has expanded to include new classes of cases and venues statewide. By May 2009, 360,000 documents and 160,000 cases had been filed through the system.

The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.

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