Court News Ohio reports that the Ohio Supreme Court is already testing its new e-filing portal with a pilot project involving a subset of 85 lawyers who regularly file documents with the Court. In addition to online access, the portal provides an online user guide and Administrative Order, plus links to the Court's online docket and Rules of Court.
A full lanuch for all attorneys who practice before the Supreme Court is planned for early 2015. There are also a couple of specific guidelines that the Court is observing for its beta test:
"Filing documents through the e-Filing Portal does not alter any filing deadlines imposed by the Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Documents received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time through the e-Filing Portal will not be considered for filing until the next business day."
"Judge Joan Synenberg will oversee the new docket beginning in January, joining Judge David Matia whose drug court has had nearly 250 participants since May 2009. The court’s main goal is to expand the program to include those with substance-use disorder and trauma-related mental health issues.... The addition of a second felony docket will expand availability of treatment for the burgeoning number of defendants with opiate-related diagnoses who require a more intensive treatment. The target is to have 60 participants each year, or 180 for the three-year grant period."
Court News Ohio has announced that the Ohio Supreme Court has purchased the Lexis Digital Library of ebooks. A browsable and searchable list of what the Supreme Court is purchasing can be found at this link. According to the Supreme Court:
"The LexisNexis Digital Library is a virtual library website that provides legal books in an e-book format.
The digital library allows Supreme Court employees to access the library’s complete Lexis collection from any location and from any type of electronic device such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. All other patrons can access the complete collection from any computer inside the Supreme Court library.
Patrons can download the e-books for free, which include the legal volumes Page’s Ohio Revised Code, The Law of Professional Conduct in Ohio, Ohio Civil Practice with Forms, and Corbin on Contracts. Once checked out, Internet access is not required to read the e-book."
The Cleveland Law Library is also in the process of purchasing an Ohio collection of books from the Lexis Digital Library for our patrons. We hope to have this collection available by 1st quarter 2015. When we do, we will make a big announcement on this blog and though email communications to members.
With all the news about hacking and social media sites tracking users online without their consent, you may wish to lock down your online browsing. In her Techlicious article "The Best Browser Privacy Tools (That Don't Make Life More Difficult)" Natasha Stokes gives us her list of privacy tools for the four most-used browsers in the United States: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. You can read her article here.