After what has seemed like a very long wait, Denver County Court will begin accepting e-filed cases for Money and Forcible Entry & Detainer cases starting Monday, April 27, 2009. The court will implement mandatory e-filing for attorneys in these case classes on Friday, May 1, 2009.
The heavily anticipated launch of Denver County Court e-filing will mark the completion of the county court e-file implementation for the state of Colorado. While a majority of the state's county courts have been e-filing in MY and FED cases since October 2006, Denver County Court is a separate court entity and was not part of the original county court rollout.
Denver's court system is different from those in the rest of the state because Denver is both a county and a city. The County Court in Denver functions as both a municipal and county court -- and is funded and paid for entirely by Denver taxes, not by state taxes. Through the support of Chief Judge Mary Celeste and the Civil division (including Judges Barajas, Campbell and Galchinsky, and Magistrates Faragher, Fedde and Boland), the court recognized the efficiencies and benefits that e-filing would bring. With the rest of the state already using the LexisNexis File & Serve system, Denver County contracted with LexisNexis to provide the same service to their Civil Division.
The project took nearly a year to complete and includes a full two-way integration with the court's case management system. Successful testing of the system was completed on April 20 and the court will begin accepting attorney e-filings on Monday, April 27. Judge Celeste signed the Chief Judge directive mandating e-filing, effective May 1, 2009 (the signed directive can be viewed on the LexisNexis File & Serve Resource Center).
New cases can be e-filed for MY and FED case types, and the court also backloaded all 2009 "C" cases for these case types, which will allow law firms and collection agencies represented by an attorney to e-file pleadings into those cases as well. The court plans to be paperless for all cases started on or after May 1, 2009 and will be scanning all pro se paper filings in e-filed cases. On return dates, attorneys will be using an e-file docket report to manage their cases.
There are currently over 10,000 registered Colorado-licensed attorney users on File & Serve. Additionally, there are approximately 7,500 legal support staff users and 1,500 collection agency users. Prior to Denver County's launch, approximately 15,000 new MY and FED cases are e-filed each month in Colorado on the File & Serve system. Denver County projects approximately 3,000 cases will be e-filed in their court starting May 1, 2009.