In a recent interview with Hennepin County District Court Assistant Chief Judge Peter Cahill I learned that the county is set to demo its e-filing project next week.
Cahill, who is in charge of the pilot program, said they have been demonstrating e-filing to court staff and judges and will demonstrate the system to six pilot law firms on Tuesday. A tentative “go-live” date for the pilot project is currently scheduled for Oct. 18.
“That’s, I think, going to be one of our greatest efficiencies. We know budgets are bad but instead of just saying budgets are bad and asking what are we going to do, [we are doing something],” said Cahill. “We need e-filing because it takes the burden off the staff we have left.”
According to the judge, Ramsey County District Court has been working with Hennepin County and will likely start its own pilot close to Hennepin’s launch date. “It’s fair to say that it’s a Hennepin project being designed to work throughout the state,” he said.
My interview with Cahill — which focuses primarily on the judge’s expectations of those who practice before him — will be in Monday’s print edition of Minnesota Lawyer. It is also available online here. (Password required.)