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January 21, 2005

For further information contact:
Jude Del Preore, Trial Court Administrator
Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington Vicinage
609-518-2510

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New Technology Coming to Burlington County Superior Court

Burlington Assignment Judge John A. Sweeney will introduce JEFIS, the Judiciary Electronic Filing & Imaging System, on Monday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 4A on the fourth floor of Courts Facility, 49 Rancocas Rd., Mount Holly. Supervising Judge Michael J. Hogan will join Judge Sweeney in a demonstration of the program.

Beginning Feb. 28, attorneys and litigants can use the JEFIS electronic filing system in Burlington in the Special Civil Part, where the court addresses cases concerning debt collection, lawsuits and contract actions seeking damages up to $15,000. Special Civil filings in Burlington increased 13 percent, from 12,214 in court year 2003 to 13,838 in 2004. An additional five percent increase is projected for this year.

“We are strong supporters of technology in the Burlington Courts and we believe this tool will increase our case processing speed and efficiency and allow us to keep up with ever-increasing caseloads,” said Judge Sweeney. He credited Civil Presiding Judge Marc M. Baldwin and Supervising Judge of the Special Civil Part Michael J. Hogan for their support of this initiative.

“Electronic filing saves money for attorneys, their clients and for the taxpayers by reducing the need to handle and store paper,” said Jude Del Preore, Burlington trial court administrator. “JEFIS is convenient and efficient. Paperless electronic files can be available simultaneous to judges, court staff, attorneys and the public.”

Burlington is the sixth county to join JEFIS, a pilot begun by Order of the Supreme Court in Monmouth County in 1999. Since then, Mercer, Ocean, Somerset, and Union Counties joined the program. More than a half-million cases from 76 law firms have been filed using JEFIS since the program began.

Attorneys or litigants who want information on using JEFIS for electronic filing in the Burlington Courts may contact Jo Anne Smith, Civil Division manager at 609-518-2815.

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