Federal court unveils new case files system

Issue May 2003

The U.S. District Court for Massachusetts implemented a new Case Management/Electronic Case Files System last month to replace the aging docket system developed in the 1980s.

All members of the bar in Massachusetts must re-register with the Clerk of Courts on or before June 1 to ensure that the new system has accurate attorney information. There is a $25 fee.

The new system has the capability to file, store and retrieve documents electronically and to send notices of judgments and orders to the parties by e-mail. The court's goal is to provide attorneys with the ability to electronically file documents 24 hours a day through the system by September. The court will offer training to attorneys and other law firm staff on electronic case filing this summer.