|Iowa courts first in nation to complete statewide electronic filing implementation|
The Iowa State Bar Association applauds the Iowa Courts for making full, state-wide implementation of electronic filing official as of today, July 1. Now, Iowans with cases in any of the state's 99 counties can file and view court documents online from any computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"This is a truly transformational event that is changing the way the courts operate and serve Iowans," Chief Justice Mark Cady said. "EDMS gives more and more court users, including our citizens, law enforcement officers, the Department of Human Services, and hospitals secure, prompt, and easy access to judges, court records, and the court system. Today, Iowa is the first court system in the nation to have a totally electronic, paperless process for all cases at the district court level, and the appellate court level will be complete later this year."
The project began five years ago when the first court document was successfully filed electronically in the Plymouth County Clerk of Court Office. The project was completed Tuesday, June 30, when documents were filed electronically in the Allamakee, Chickasaw, Howard and Winneshiek county courthouses using the Electronic Document Management System. In the five years since the first document was filed in Plymouth County, nearly two million cases were filed online or by using one of the public access computers located in courthouses around the state. The EDMS cases included more than 6.5 million documents filed by nearly 88,000 users.