To accomplish this, the office met with the county's information technology (IT) department to see what kind of equipment they would need to bolster the electronic filing initiative.
“And they have determined that they are going to have to upgrade their server for the volume of e-filing that will begin to come in electronically rather than on paper,” Staples said.
She said her office learned the ropes on e-filing by working with the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana, which started the process earlier. The Texarkana court is one of two Texas courts that the office works with extensively, the other being the 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler.
“So we learned with the Sixth Court of Appeals how to file electronic clerk's records,” Staples said – knowledge that she hopes to share with others in the community. She presented an idea recently to the Anderson County Legal Professionals Association of putting together a class and support group for other professionals dealing with the mandate.
“I've talked with the legal association at our meeting and offered to come up with a class that wouldhelp any secretary or someone that needed it, some training on how to e-file,” Staples said. “So that's something in the works that I'm going to be getting together to provide for any attorney's office or anybody that actually needs to do any e-filing.
“They're going to need training on the software, and I think with the experience that my two ladies have with the e-filing and the courts of appeals, we can help other secretaries in town. So I'm just trying to build a support group locally. If you need help, you can come to me or one of the others.”
Speaking of training, Staples said her entire office is cross-trained.