Criminal Case E-Filings At High Percentage
During the month of November 2005, 753 documents in criminal cases were e-filed by attorneys, while 3,302 documents were filed by court users. Thus, 19% of all criminal documents filed were e-filed by counsel. In December (through the 6th), 25% of all criminal documents have been e-filed by counsel. The increased percentage indicates better compliance with the requirement
that criminal case documents be e-filed by counsel.
And the overall percentages may not get much better. Most criminal case documents simply must be filed by the court -- the indictment, warrants, returns, minute entries, detention and release orders, judgments, etc. Louise York looked at two criminal case files and found that in a simple criminal case only 2 of the 17 documents could have been e-filed by counsel, while in a more complex case only 5 of the total 45 documents could have been e-filed by counsel. So, the overall percentage of 20 - 25% may represent full compliance with the mandatory e-filing requirement
in criminal cases.