Vol. 9, No. 5 June 2013
Juvenile Electronic Court Record (ECR)
The Clerk’s Office is pleased to confirm that the second phase of the Juvenile Electronic Court Record (ECR) will be released on June 3, 2013. Phase II is the second of four phases and includes the following seven case types: Adoption Certification (AC), Adoption (JA), Emancipation (JE), Relinquishment (JI and JR), Orders of Protection/Injunctions Against Harassment (JP), and Severance (JS).
This Phase will include scanning all newly-filed documents in the seven case types, as well as scanning and electronic distribution of orders in all 10 Juvenile Court case types. The electronic distribution of signed orders will be similar to the current distribution process of minute entries.
Paper files will no longer be created for the above seven case types and existing cases will include both newly-filed electronic documents as of June 3, 2013 and all previously filed paper documents through June 2, 2013. As of this date, signed orders in all Juvenile case types will be available only in the ECR.
Phase I was successfully implemented on October 1, 2012 for Title 14 Guardianship (JG) cases. The Phase III implementation, which includes Dependency (JD) cases, is planned for August/September 2013. The Phase IV implementation, which includes Delinquency (JV) cases, is planned for October/November 2013.
There are no changes to the confidentiality of Juvenile court records. For more information about Juvenile court records, see the Clerk’s website at www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov.
10 Years of eFiling
A decade ago in 2003, the Clerk’s Office and Superior Court implemented eFiling in Maricopa County. Complex civil litigation cases were the first cases in the eFiling pilot and the filings were submitted through a third-party vendor. The Clerk’s Office implemented its own eFiling system shortly thereafter (eFiling Online) which is still in use.
eFiling expanded relatively slowly, being piloted in a few judicial divisions in one or two case types at a time before being introduced to additional case types and divisions. Today, the majority of criminal case documents are eFiled through the Clerk’s eFiling Online system by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Indigent Defense. eFiling is being used in the Tax Court, and is now available in all family court divisions. In general civil cases, attorneys were allowed to eFile through the Clerk’s system beginning in 2005 and have had mandatory eFiling through AZTurboCourt since February of 2011. The Clerk’s Office processed its one millionth eFiling in October 2011.
See the Clerk’s Corner article in the upcoming July 2013 edition of the Maricopa Lawyer for a compilation of interesting and behind-the-scenes stories and more of eFiling’s 10-year history in Maricopa County.