Courts in DeKalb and Rockdale counties are among those in metro Atlanta that are making electronic filing mandatory for civil cases and land records, effective this year.
The new system, officials say, will enable residents and attorneys to open cases and file documents from a user-friendly, secure website — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officials say electronically filed transactions are faster the old way of filing by paper, with many e-filings taking less than 60 seconds.
“We have reached a pivotal moment in our transition to electronic court records and now documents can be digitally filed, served, distributed and delivered at any time and any place,” said Debra DeBerry, Clerk of the DeKalb County Superior Court. “This transition will help us achieve greater efficiencies, as well as create time savings for attorneys and clerks and enhance access to justice for self-represented litigants.”
Rockdale Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson said along with the full launch of civil cases filed electronically in Rockdale, all land records—maps, plats and floor plans—also now must be filed at efile.gsccca.org.
“Our e-Filing solutions feature easy-to-use interfaces. It saves attorneys time and money and greatly reduces the manual paper processing in the clerk’s office,” said Wilson.
Superior and State Courts are now accepting civil cases through Rockdale Odyssey eFile GA. To begin taking advantage of civil e-Filing and training sessions for which Continuing Legal Education credit may be earned, attorneys may register using the Odyssey eFile GA link provided at www.rockdaleclerk.com, Wilson said.
For more information regarding e-Filing requirements for land records, visit www.gsccca.org/learn/efiling-information.
In addition to DeKalb and Rockdale courts, other metro Atlanta areas using eFileGA include courts in Macon, Bibb; Cherokee; Clayton; Coweta; Douglas; Forsyth; Fulton; Gwinnett; and Spalding counties.