E-filing producing a Logjam

Well, everyone knew it was coming for years, and most of us who have watched Florida’s 67 clerks of court go their own ways on little things, feared that electronic filing (e-filing) would be chaotic.

Well, everyone knew it was coming for years, and most of us who have watched Florida’s 67 clerks of court go their own ways on little things, feared that electronic filing (e-filing) would be chaotic.

We were right. 

For our clients the result has been that it’s taking much, much longer to get even simple and uncontested orders out of nearly all courts.  We’ve given up predicting when clients will get their Letters of Administration or Order Approving Sale, because for the time being, there is no way to tell. 

“Logjam” is the only way to describe the situation. 

For our law firm, which practices statewide, every day we encounter new e-filing questions, such as: 

Why do some counties allow us to e-file proposed orders and some do not?  

Why do we receive return emails/confirmations from some counties and not from others?     

And why must some counties make up special rules like “don’t e-file your cover letter at the beginning” when most counties have no problem with that? 

We WILL get through this conversion, no doubt. E-filing will one day be as smooth and uniform among Florida’s state courts as it is in the federal court system.  However, in the meantime, we ask our clients to be patient, because patience is greatly needed.