The Delaware judicial and legal communities have led the nation in the use of technology to improve the management of litigation. In particular, the Delaware Superior Court and the Court of Chancery have effectively used electronic filing and service for many years.
Most recently, the Supreme Court became the first appellate court in the nation to require eFiling (using the LexisNexis File and Serve System) in October 2005. Starting June 1, 2006, the Supreme Court expanded its eFiling initiative to all new civil appeals from the Court of Chancery and Superior Court. This is the second phase of the Court’s implementation of the eFiling project. The first phase consisted of those civil appeals from the Court of Chancery and the Superior Court which were previously eFiled in those courts. The next phase of the project will be the eFiling of all criminal appeals from Superior Court to be followed by appeals from the Family Court.
Consistent with the goal to use eFiling to reduce dependency on “paper” documents, Supreme Court Rule 10.2 has been amended recently to reduce the types of documents for which participants must provide courtesy copies to the Court.
Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, Chair of the Supreme Court’s eFiling Committee, commented on the expansion of the eFiling initiative and limitation on the filing of courtesy copies: “We have seen significant efficiencies and paper saved since the eFiling of appeals started in the Supreme Court last October. Thousands of pages in Supreme Court appeals have been filed electronically and even more have been efficiently served by the parties. With the benefit of our experience from Phase I, we are ready to expand and are looking forward to even greater benefits for the Court, lawyers and their staff, parties and the public.”