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Court e-filings are expanded to include civil, land, tax cases

The Maui News

The state Judiciary has expanded its electronic filing capabilities to include civil cases in district and circuit courts, the Land Court and Tax Appeal Court.

With new e-filing capabilities, court documents can be filed almost 24 hours a day, even when courts are closed, and cases can be initiated online with filing fees paid using a credit card, according to a news release from the Judiciary.

The system automatically sends electronic notices of case filings to all parties, eliminating costs and delays associated with physically serving documents. Users receive email notification of e-filed documents, with online access typically available within 30 minutes of e-filing. The e-filed documents can be accessed simultaneously by multiple individuals, including judges, court staff and attorneys.

The transition from in-person to e-filing occurred from October to November.

Before the change, e-filing was available only for appellate, criminal and traffic cases.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald said Judge Gary Chang led a team of judges and Judiciary staff, with significant input from civil attorneys, who worked to expand e-filing.

The Judiciary provided in-person and online training for attorneys statewide and created a web page with training resources including videos, training documents and court rules.

The transition will be complete when Family Court civil records are transferred within the next few years, according the Judiciary.