Rhode Island Courts prepare to unveil new E-Filing System

Rhode Island Bar Association President J. Robert Weisberger, Jr. issued an exciting message this week about the Rhode Island Judiciary’s move towards a new case management and electronic filing (e-filing) system.

These systems will dramatically change how case files are handled in the courts, and how lawyers, law offices and self-represented litigants will interact with the courts.     The system is scheduled for a March 2014 introduction at the Workers’ Compensation Court (WCC). That court was chosen for the initial phase due to its relatively small size and the limited number of attorneys who practice there. It will provide an outstanding opportunity to test software, data entry and procedures. Within three years, Rhode Island’s six courts will convert to the new CMS and e-filing, and the Traffic Tribunal will have updated online payment capabilities by the end of this year.

The tentative timeline after the Workers Comp Court implementation is as follows:

  • By October 2014, a new CMS and e-filing system for civil matters in the Superior, Family and District Courts,
  • By May 2015 a new CMS and e-filing system for the Traffic Tribunal.
  • By May 2016, a new CMS and e-filing system for Superior and District criminal cases and Supreme Court cases.

This is a great development for attorneys, the judiciary and the public.   Both of these new systems are owned by Tyler Technologies of Plano, Texas.  Other jurisdictions using this software include New Hampshire, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and New Mexico. Expect to hear more developments about the progress of the new system at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association on June 19 and 20, 2014.

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