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Chief Judges Committee looking for alternatives to pay for e-filing

By: Erika Strebel, [email protected]//February 13, 2015//

Chief Judges Committee looking for alternatives to pay for e-filing

By: Erika Strebel, [email protected]//February 13, 2015//

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Although Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget rejected the state Supreme Court’s request for the money to implement mandatory e-filing, the proposal is moving forward.

public hearing on the e-filing petition is scheduled for March 17 in front of the state Supreme Court, and a subcommittee of the Chief Judges Committee will present the petition as planned, said Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wirtz.

“Everyone is regrouping and trying to figure out what we’re going to do about the money issues,” he said.

Wirtz said Friday the subcommittee is working on finding alternatives to the $2.1 million in state money the courts had asked for. That work includes consulting with Jean Bousquet, chief information officer for the state’s Consolidated Court Automation Program, or CCAP.

“It’s an important policy to put forward,” Wirtz said. “It’s an efficiency move that will be good for everyone in state, including litigants, lawyers and courts.”

He noted that the budget proposal has not been approved by the Legislature.

“What will happen is difficult to say,” Wirtz said, “because there are lots of different unknowns at this point.”

Bousquet said she and the subcommittee are putting their time, energy and effort into preparing for the hearing and that they will look more closely at the alternative options for implementing the rule after the hearing.

“We’re making sure we have a good case for why we think the mandatory e-filing rule is something to go forward with,” she said.

For the hearing, Bousquet said, they are preparing things such as a demo of the e-filing system and an online presentation.

They are also lining up speakers, including a clerk of court and judges. Dodge County Circuit Court Judge John Storck, whose county is paperless, will be one. She said they are looking for a clerk of court based on experience.

Bousquet and the subcommittee are also working with partners that will support the petition.


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