Carolyn Weber, E-Portal Program Manager, provided an overview of the number of registered users and number of filings monthly, numbers that continue to grow. She also reviewed the next E-Portal release, scheduled for April 16.
The major focus of that upgrade will be the ability to file documents of a larger size and send larger service documents as well. The upgrade will allow electronic service to judges and allow lawyers and judges to exchange proposed orders through the portal. With the upgrade, lawyers will see a warning that their electronic signature on the documents serves as a verification they are following rules relating to that information, along with links to those rules.
Among other changes being discussed, the E=Portal may eventually allow the submission of several documents in multiple civil cases in one filing session, a process known as batch filing. Both large law firms and private companies have approached the Authority about batch filing for civil cases – something the Authority has done for state attorneys and public defenders for criminal cases.
The Florida Courts E-Filing Authority has called another meeting for April 28 to discuss that effort.