In late 2013 the Federal Court Of Australia announced it would mandate the electronic filing of documents from 2014.
I was subsequently asked to constitute and lead a project team tasked with the implementation of electronic filing at a large national law firm.
In doing so, I needed to consider various aspects of implementing electronic filing, from legal liability to technological issues, and practical implementation.
I established an internal project team that included:
- a representative from the firm’s Office of General Counsel;
- representatives from the firm’s Applied Legal Technology and Information Technology teams; and
- selected legal operatives of varying seniority levels.
Between February and August of 2014, I:
- liaised with the court’s electronic filing implementation team;
- worked with the firm’s Information Technology team to review the relevant technical specifications, and identify and resolve any technical issues;
- worked with the Office of General Counsel to identify and address legal issues, including any potential exposure to liability;
- worked with filing clerks from the Applied Legal Technology team, and legal operatives, to identify and resolve any practical matters; and
- drafted a policy, and procedural guide, for the use of electronic filing, and obtained the necessary sign offs for that policy from various stakeholders.
In September 2014 I released the policy, implemented electronic filing for the Federal Court across the firm nationally, and presented the training program I designed to all legal operatives of the firm.
Following the successful implementation of electronic filing in the Federal Court, in 2015 I was asked to do the same for the NSW Online Registry serving NSW State courts and tribunals.
In a process largely analogous to the above, my project team analysed the technical, legal, and practical aspects of the NSW Online Registry. Based on that analysis, I drafted a policy, and procedural guide, obtained the necessary internal approvals, and rolled out electronic filing in the NSW courts, and a related training program for legal operatives in May 2015.