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.