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February 27, 2014

Election Q&A: Sessions, Staples in race for District Clerk spot




E-filing (electronically filing) is the most critical issue. The Texas Supreme Court has mandated that all counties in the state of Texas begin e-filing certain documents. All attorneys will be required to e-file all civil and family documents. E-filing is mandated to start in Anderson County on July 1, 2015. There will be costs for this that the county must bear and every employee will have to go through training to use the system. The district clerk’s office in conjunction with the Anderson County Legal Professional’s Association will be offering e-filing training this year for any attorney’s secretaries that want/need it.


Q: What changes/improvements would you make if elected/re-elected for the next term?


First, I strongly believe that this is a public service office and should be open to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The next change would be faster and friendlier service at the counter. No more assigned days, everyone works the counter every day. Third, would be to make sure that everyone is crossed trained between all the desks. There should never be a time that something cannot get done because someone is not there and no one else is trained on it. And lastly is getting everyone trained and ready for the new E-file law.


E-filing will bring changes. We will also be faced with the decision of whether or not to make the office paperless. This will be a decision that all county offices will have to make because that will mean that everyone will have to operate a computer to view documents. If that does happen, we will be looking at saving money on paper, file folders, file labels, envelopes, postage and storage. Hopefully with the money we can save, we will have more money to restore historical records in the district clerk’s office.

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