Connected to the Court

March 28, 2014 § 4 Comments

Lauderdale County Chancery Court implemented electronic filing this year, and it became mandatory March 1. I have informally polled lawyers about their experience with and views of the system. Here is the feedback from my random, unscientific survey:

“I hate it.”

“I’m having trouble signing on, but once I get that straightened out, it should be no problem because I use PACER and file electronically in Alabama.”

“I am still trying to learn it, but so far I don’t care for it.”

“My secretary does it; I haven’t heard anything negative from her.”

“It’s okay.”

“I think it will be fine once I learn how to do it.”

“The categories for pleadings don’t fit.”

“No big deal. It’s the same as federal court.”

“Maybe when I get used to it, it will be good.”

“It’s an improvement.”

“It makes it easier for me to stay on top of my cases.”

“I had to update my computers and internet connection, so that was probably good. I’m getting the hang of it.”

Stay tuned for further developments over here in the far east.

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§ 4 Responses to Connected to the Court

  • fsspringer says:

    I scrolled across this post while researching a procedural issue.
    I had forgotten it. I wonder how opinions may have changed over the past few years.
    On a side note, I recently became aware of several of the Courts in mostly Northeastern Mississippi jurisdictions that use Delta Computer System for online records. (Lauderdale County uses it for land records.) $30/month or $300/yr, per county…and no online filing.
    I’ll take MEC, which will quickly spoil you.

  • David Rogers says:

    I’m a paralegal in Pascagoula and almost every pleading I see filed electronically still has personal information, minor’s full names, addresses etc.. included in the pleadings. Working in George, Greene and Jackson County mostly it is sometimes hard to remember to remove addresses and minor’s full names in Harrison County.

    David Rogers

    Section 9. PRIVACY
    A. Obligation to Protect Sensitive and Private Information.
    To achieve the goal of promoting electronic access to case files while still protecting personal privacy and addressing concerns created by Internet access to court documents, counsel shall refrain from including, or shall partially redact where inclusion is necessary and relevant to the case, the following personal data identifiers from all pleadings and other papers filed with the court, including exhibits thereto, whether filed electronically or in paper, unless otherwise ordered by the court or except where otherwise specifically required by rule or statute:
    1. Social Security numbers. If an individual’s social security number must be included in a pleading, only the last four digits of that number should be used.
    2. Names of minor children. If the involvement of a minor child must be mentioned, only the initials of that child should be used.
    3. Dates of birth. If an individual’s date of birth must be included in a pleading, only the year should be used.
    4. Financial account numbers. If financial account numbers are relevant, only the last four digits of these numbers should be used.
    5. Home addresses to the city and state. All addresses shall be limited to the city and state. No street addresses or apartment numbers should be used.
    Mississippi Electronic Courts Administrative Procedures (May 2012, eff. July 1, 2012) Page 20
    The responsibility for redacting these personal identifiers rests solely with counsel and the parties. The clerk will not review pleadings for compliance with this procedure. Attorneys are also advised to exercise caution when filing documents that contain the following:
    1) personal identifying number, such as driver’s license number;
    2) medical records, treatment and diagnosis;
    3) employment history;
    4) individual financial information; and,
    5) proprietary or trade secret information.

  • Bob Wolford says:

    We have it here in Harrison County, and it’s very convenient once you get used to it. No more running to the courthouse to file something or look at the docket. Also, you can file things 24/7 from your home or office.

  • dave pumford says:

    Mainly good. It makes ducking subpoenas easier as all get electronic notice as soon as one issued. Also bear in mind if you seal a file mec will not work – including on appeal to mssc.

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