FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 10, 2016
Macomb County Circuit Court electronic filings now exceed filings received via U.S. Mail
Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge James Biernat, Jr. and the Clerk / Register of Deeds announced today that electronic pleading filings at the circuit court from January to June 2016 exceeded paper pleading filings received via U.S. Mail. From January 1 - June 10, 2016, the Macomb County Clerk’s processed 17,277 electronic filing pleading bundles, and 13,436 U.S. Mail and fax paper pleading bundles.
“Our court is making progress in using electronic filing technology to make information available to litigants, attorneys and judges,” said Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge James M. Biernat, Jr.
“Having electronic court filings exceed the number of U.S. Mail filings we receive is an important milestone in our progress. Thanks to the leadership of our chief judges, with the latest progress by Chief Judge James Biernat, Jr., we are improving access to justice, transparency and providing a better way for county clerks to manage workflow,” said the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds.
The Macomb County Circuit Court launched an electronic filing system in 2011, under then-Chief Judge Mark Switalski, initially focusing on contract and negligence case types with Judges David F. Viviano and John C. Foster. Today, all thirteen Macomb County Circuit Court judges accept electronic filings, which include all civil cases types, appeals, and most recently, as of April, divorce cases without minor children.
The court and clerk plan to launch electronic filing of personal protection orders soon, with help from Turning Point’s PPO Assistance Center, located on the first floor of the Court Building in Mount Clemens. The Macomb County Clerk says electronic filing of PPO’s will help victims of domestic abuse by providing for electronic routing of information.
Macomb County contracted with Southfield, Michigan-based ImageSoft, Inc. to provide electronic document and process management for the Circuit Court. To encourage electronic filing and provide revenue for courts to implement it, a Michigan law went into effect this year requiring litigants to pay an electronic filing fee when filing pleadings, which is $25 for circuit court pleadings.
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