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For immediate release: November 17, 2005
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Courts Receive One Millionth Electronic Filing

One million electronic special civil part filings have been received by the courts since the Judiciary's Electronic Filing/Imaging System (JEFIS) was implemented statewide, today announced Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts.

"JEFIS represents the epitome of teamwork: our statewide electronic filing system is the result of the hard work and cooperation of our special civil part, the civil practice division, our automated trial court services unit, and our information technology staff. Together, they made this happen. This is the future of the Judiciary," said Judge Carchman.

Using JEFIS, participating attorneys can use the Internet to file DC docket type special civil part cases, which are civil cases involving damages of less than $15,000. The cases are docketed automatically, initiating the necessary notices, all of which also are sent electronically. Electronic filing eliminates the need for court staff to enter case information into the Judiciary's Automated Case Management System, resulting in greater efficiency and fewer clerical errors at critical points in the case processing system. It saves attorneys time, effort and cost in delivering documents to the courts. These savings can in turn be passed on to litigants.

Statewide implementation of JEFIS was completed in October 2000. Currently, 112 law firms have filed electronically using JEFIS, representing about one third of cases eligible to be filed using the system. The civil division now is implementing the imaging portion of JEFIS, which will allow documents to be processed and stored in electronic form. This "paperless" case management is available in ten counties, with the remaining implementation scheduled for 2006.

Attorneys can find information and instructions on how to file electronically at njcourtsonline.com.

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