What is electronic filing?
“Electronic filing” is the electronic transmission to or from a clerk of an electronic document by uploading from the registered user’s (or his or her designated agent’s) or clerk’s computer to the electronic filing system. It does not include submission via e-mail, fax, floppy disks, or other electronic means. - Administrative Order 21
Instead of having to go to the courthouse to file a case, registered attorneys and parties may file their case-related documents on-line using eFlex.
What is eFlex?
- eFlex is the name of the electronic filing system being implemented in courts using the Contexte Case Management System .
Which courts are available on eFlex?
A full list of courts currently participating in eFiling is available on the eFlex support page.
How do filers register for eFlex?
- eFlex users will be required to:
How do filers use eFlex?
Requirements for courts to offer eFlex:
For a court to offer electronic filing via eFlex, it must first be using the Contexte Case Management System and utilize the Contexte features of internal imaging and accounting.
- Administrative Order 21 authorizes the AOC to contract with a vendor for a statewide electronic filing solution.
- It was important for uniformity and consistency that there be only one e-filing system for all courts in Arkansas.
- Courts are not permitted to provide a separate electronic filing solution.
Who may request eFlex?
- Per Administrative Order 21:
- In the district courts, the District Judge(s) shall decide whether to adopt the electronic filing system.
- In the circuit courts, the Administrative Judge of the Judicial Circuit, with input from the Clerk, and, if applicable, the Ex Officio Circuit Clerk for the Probate Division, of the counties within the Circuit, shall decide whether to adopt the electronic filing system.
- How do I get my court on the list for implementation?
- Courts may submit a written request to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
- Each quarter, the AOC reviews the requests along with the progress of the projects in the portfolio which is aligned with the strategic plan of the Arkansas Judiciary. The AOC will select projects to be started when resources become available. The AOC is determined to continuously improve its process to speed up implementation progress throughout the state.