Skip to main content

e-Filing Website in Flux


In July, Nota Bene reported on the launch of TexFile, the statewide e-filing system created in response to the Supreme Court of Texas order mandating e-filing in civil cases. While the January 1, 2014 deadline for e-filing in Harris and Fort Bend counties has not changed, the website for the statewide system has. In response to a trademark infringement suit, TexFile has chosen to undergo rebranding. Beginning December 13, 2013, filers attempting to access TexFile.com will be redirected to the new URL, www.efiletexas.gov. At the new site, filers are given the option to select their e-filing service provider or view a comparison chart of certified providers.

Since e-filing requirements fall on the senior partner and new associate alike, it will be important for all attorneys to follow developments concerning the filing system. A website maintained by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology and the Office of Court Administration serves as a clearinghouse for information on e-filing. Checking in periodically will help litigators stay up to speed.

Joseph Lawson is a guest blogger for Nota Bene and the law librarian at the Fort Bend County Law Library. Please note that the views expressed in this post do not represent an official position or opinion of Fort Bend County, Texas.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Spying and International Law

With increasing numbers of foreign governments officially objecting to now-widely publicized U.S. espionage activities, the topic of the legality of these activities has been raised both by the target governments and by the many news organizations reporting on the issue.For those interested in better understanding this controversy by learning more about international laws concerning espionage, here are some legal resources that may be useful.

The following is a list of multinational treaties relevant to spies and espionage:
Brussels Declaration concerning the Laws and Customs of War (1874).Although never ratified by the nations that drafted it, this declaration is one of the earliest modern examples of an international attempt to codify the laws of war.Articles 19-22 address the identification and treatment of spies during wartime.These articles served mainly to distinguish active spies from soldiers and former spies, and provided no protections for spies captured in the act.The Hagu…

Citing to Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated: Finding Accurate Publication Dates (without touching a book)

When citing to a current statute, both the Bluebook (rule 12.3.2) and Greenbook (rule 10.1.1) require a  practitioner to provide the publication date of the bound volume in which the cited code section appears. For example, let's cite to the codified statute section that prohibits Texans from hunting or selling bats, living or dead. Note, however, you may remove or hunt a bat that is inside or on a building occupied by people. The statute is silent as to Batman, who for his own safety, best stay in Gotham City.
This section of the Texas Parks and Wildlife code is 63.101. "Protection of Bats." After checking the pocket part and finding no updates in the supplement, my citation will be:
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code Ann. § 63.101 (West ___ ). When I look at the statute in my bound volume of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, I can clearly see that the volume's publication date is 2002. But, when I find the same citation on Westlaw or LexisNexis, all I can see is that the …