|Crook, Jefferson, and Linn circuit courts opens OJD eFiling to all users on May 13, 2013, following Yamhill County Circuit Court, which went live with eFiling on April 1. This brings the list of Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) circuit courts offering File and Serve services to a total of four. Jackson County Circuit Court is next, scheduled to open eFiling in June.
Oregon attorneys who wish to file cases in the circuit courts that currently have eFiling services can register online for access to the Odyssey File and Serve portal, allowing them to eFile, serve, distribute and deliver court documents, and pay filing fees for many types of cases in Crook, Jefferson, Linn, or Yamhill circuit courts. While other types of eFilers can register for access too, the availability of electronic forms, a wizard system, and other user assistance processes in development for self-represented eFilers, isn’t scheduled for release until late 2014.
The deployment of File and Serve has been incorporated into the Oregon eCourt Case Information System implementation schedule. Thirty days after each Oregon circuit court implements the Oregon eCourt Case Information System, they will complete a pilot and testing phase of the File and Serve system for 15 days before opening eFiling services to all users.
The pilot and testing phase of eFiling is accomplished in each circuit court with the participation of local law firms to test the system before going live with eFiling. Court business processes related to File and Serve are also tested and established during the pilot phase by each circuit court’s judges, administrators, and staff.
eFilers are provided with free online training tools - an Oregon-specific Quick Reference Guide and Odyssey-specific eFiling user guides, self-study online classes, and live webinars. The training tools are designed by Tyler Technologies, OJD’s Oregon eCourt single-solution provider and owner of the Odyssey File and Serve system. Access to these free training tools can be found on the File and Serve portal page in the “TRAIN” and “LEARN” sections.
OJD has scheduled Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook circuit courts to begin the File and Serve process with pilot law firms in their counties during the month of September 2013, opening the service to all users in October 2013.
eFilers can register for File and Serve (currently only available for Yamhill, Crook, Jefferson, and Linn circuit courts) by going to the OJD eFiling homepage, or by accessing the Online Services page from the OJD homepage.