E-filing has now become the norm in most Texas state appellate courts as well as with many county and district courts. According to an article available on the the Texas Lawyer Blog this week, the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA) director, Casey Kennedy has stated, based on the Texas Judiciary's 2011 annual report, that seven of Texas's 14 appellate jurisdictions and 78 district and county clerks in 51 counties now use e-filing. The Texas Supreme Court has made e-filing mandatory since March of 2011. The blog also reports that since the current vender that manages the e-filing system in Texas will not renew its contract, OCA is now soliciting proposals from venders for an e-filing system that will have similar retrieval tools for the public as PACER. This is especially an interesting development that could allow public access to trial level decisions and filed documents, that would otherwise require a trip to the court clerk's office.