Hays County has recently approved electronic filing for civil documents. Starting July 6, attorneys in Hays and surrounding counties will be able to use “eFiling for Courts,” which was developed by TexasOnline, the state’s website, and offered through the Hays County District Clerk’s Office.
“We are excited to bring electronic filing to attorneys in the Hays County area,” said District Clerk Cecelia Adair. “This new service improves processing for attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals and the courthouse staff and streamlines the judicial process. With this new capability, the courthouse is always open for filing.”
Through the system, filers can submit electronic documents without having to print, hire a courier or stand in line at the clerk’s office. Documents can be submitted through a secure server at any time. Texas e-filing rules allow filers to submit most documents up to 11:59 p.m. and still meet filing deadlines.
Another bonus of the system is the ability for attorneys to electronically serve copies of documents to other parties in a case with or without a filing. Once a document is e-filed, district clerk staff can access the documents and process e-filings anytime, which helps avert the usual end-of-day rushes. Regardless of when the clerk’s office accepts the document, the time and date stamp on the e-filing reflects when the filer clicked the submit button.
To e-file in Hays County, attorneys must register with one of TexasOnline’s certified e-filing service providers, which are, currently: American LegalNet, CaseFileXpress, Court File America, eLawServices, My File Runner, OneLegal and ProDoc. Once registered, attorneys can e-file into any participating court in the state.