LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Webb County is bringing awareness to the filing community on an order signed by the Supreme Court of Texas.
E-filing will be mandatory in civil cases in the district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional county courts, and statutory probate courts, according to an implemented schedule based upon the counties' 2010 Federal Census population.
Webb County is mandated to E-filing, effective July 1, 2014.
Attorneys must E-file all documents in civil cases, except documents exempted by rules adopted by this Court, through E-file Texas, the E-filing portal provided by OCA.
Attorneys must not file documents through any alternative electronic document filing transmission system (including tax filing), except in the event of an emergency. Persons not represented by an attorney may E-file documents, but E-filing is not required.
The District Clerk's Office has offered the E-filing system since 2006. On November 2013, the town transitioned to E-fileTexas.gov to allow attorneys and their staff to become accustomed to using the new e-filing system in anticipation of the E-filing mandate.
They encourage attorneys that have not used the E-filing system to start looking into which vendor they are going to choose as their provider, and start E-filing. This way, they can get familiar with the process and won't encounter any issues on the effective date.
E-file Texas is currently offering webinars for new filers.
To learn more about E-filing, or to find a list of vendors, go to http://www.efiletexas.gov/.