Supreme Court adopts rules and procedures for electronic case filing
The Mississippi Supreme Court has adopted a set of rules and procedures which will govern electronic filing of court documents during the future development of the Mississippi Electronic Court System (MEC).
A pilot project for the development of an electronic filing and case management system is already underway in Madison County Chancery Court. The electronic filing system is an adaptation of the federal courts’ system. The electronic filing system is being modified and adapted for state court use, and is expected to be made available to all state courts. Participation by trial courts is voluntary.
In its most recent action to advance the implementation of the Mississippi Electronic Court system, the Supreme Court on Dec. 11, 2008, adopted a set of Administrative Procedures and made amendments to the Uniform Chancery Court Rules and Uniform Rules of Circuit and County Court Practice. Amendments to existing court rules to accommodate electronic filing became effective Jan. 8, 2009.
The Administrative Procedures and rule changes provide specific requirements for how documents are filed electronically by attorneys and how those documents may be made accessible to the public in any Chancery, Circuit or County court which may implement an electronic filing system in the future.
The Administrative Procedures also address privacy issues related to Internet access. The Administrative Procedures address concerns regarding access to Social Security numbers, names of minor children, dates of birth, financial account numbers and street addresses in court documents.
Copies of the Administrative Procedures and the rule changes are available on the Supreme Court’s web site at courts.ms.gov and click on the Jan. 8, 2009, Hand Down List.