Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What's The Point of a "Paperless" Office

Rather than going out and enjoying my Columbus Day, I was in my office putting together a motion for New Jersey state court.  Despite the advances of the various court systems (especially federal courts), the rules in New Jersey still require that reams of paper are used for motions.

For me, the irony is that all of the documents are prepared on the computer, electronically stored and all I am doing is hitting the Print button on a host of .pdf documents.  There were so many of them that my printer took a break in the middle of the day to cool down.  And after all that printing, I don't even have a hard copy of the papers in my office, my electronic copy suffices just fine for me.

But for the courts, I get to send down 2 copies of my Notice of Motion, 3 copies of my Proposed Order, 2 copies of my client's certification and 2 copies of my certification in support of an award of counsel fees.  Then I get to add a second package to the court that includes a courtesy copy of the papers for the judge who will hear the case.  After all that, another 2 copies are sent to my adversary.  Thankfully, my client is relatively tech savvy, so his copy is just emailed to him for his files and then shared with him via our extranet.

After all the copies, the binding, the exhibit tabs, cover letters and other papers are stuffed in the Federal Express envelopes and I finally enjoyed a few minutes of my Columbus Day.  That enjoyment lasted less than I would have liked because the next day, I got a call from the Court that they had received the Judge's courtesy copy in the clerk's office and apparently the original, with fees and ancillary filings, was sent to the Judge's chambers by accident.

All that paper and misdirection, which could have been simply resolved by a little e-filing.

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