Wisconsin eFiling Update

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Broadening our reach

Mar 30, 2017 Vol 2, Issue 2

We are nearing the halfway point of the mandatory eFiling roll out and continue to steadily bring more counties on board. Currently, 60 percent of Wisconsin counties have implemented mandatory eFiling, while another 33 percent offer voluntary eFiling. We've also increased the number of mandatory eFiling case types from four to nine with plans to add more as time allows. A lot has happened since the roll out began and there is much more to come. Take a look at some of the most recent eFiling developments.

What's happening with criminal, traffic, and forfeiture eFiling?

As of March 1, 2017, eFiling of criminal, traffic, and forfeiture cases is required in all counties where mandatory eFiling has been implemented. Moving forward, criminal, traffic, and forfeiture eFiling will be included in mandatory implementations along with civil, family, paternity, and small claims eFiling. Almost two thirds of Wisconsin counties participate in mandatory eFiling at this time.

What's on the horizon?

We greatly value the comments and suggestions we receive from users and encourage your continued feedback. We consistently leverage your input to develop and refine features that will better suit your eFiling needs. Innovations and improvements that will be available on the eFiling website within the next week include:

Opt-in enhancements. The opt-in process will be enhanced, allowing attorneys to file additional documents along with the notice of retainer.

Increased eFiling access. Case access will be broadened to allow attorneys to securely opt in to sealed cases via the eFiling website.

Template improvements. The flexibility of templates will be improved, eliminating the requirement of a county and class code, so one template can be applied to several different types of cases in varying locations.

Court debit account updates. Court debit account (CDA) transaction history information will be augmented to show the case number for new case filings, alleviating reconciliation issues.

Document type expansion on orders to withdraw. Flexibility will be added to the submission of orders to withdraw, allowing both PDFs and Word documents as acceptable file types.

Probate eFiling news. eFiling of probate cases is currently being piloted in Ashland, Columbia, Ozaukee, and Pepin Counties. There are plans to expand probate eFiling to additional counties in the first half of 2017. Please stay tuned for more information as a roll-out plan solidifies.

Additional updates scheduled for release in the near future include:

  • enhancements to the My cases screen which will provide for easier access to closed cases and a customization element that will allow for the addition of frequently accessed closed cases to the default case list;
  • the inclusion of filings that have been rejected by the court official with a visible denial explanation as part of the court record; and
  • replacement of the currently used affidavit of non-military service form with the new declaration of non-military service form.

Who's eFiling near you?

A warm welcome to Buffalo, Fond du Lac, and Pepin who went live with mandatory eFiling on March 15. Since June of last year, 41 counties have implemented mandatory eFiling and another 24 currently offer voluntary eFiling. Twelve additional counties are slated to roll out mandatory eFiling over the next several weeks, including Dane which serves as one of the highest capacity filing counties in our state. Take a look at the other sites on deck:

  • Dane–April 3, 2017
  • Washburn–April 3, 2017
  • Polk–April 17, 2017
  • Price–April 17, 2017
  • Sawyer–April 17, 2017
  • Taylor–April 17, 2017
  • Iron–May 1, 2017
  • Menominee–May 1, 2017
  • Shawano–May 1, 2017
  • Langlade–May 15, 2017
  • Lincoln–May 15, 2017
  • Lafayette–June 1, 2017

Now is the time to make the leap from traditional paper filing to eFiling. To learn where you can take advantage of the many benefits the eFiling System has to offer, see our Participating counties web page.

Reach out to us!

Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you. If you have questions along the way, call us at 1 (800) 462-8843, chat with us, or email us at eFileSupport@wicourts.gov. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter @ CCAP_Wisconsin!

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