Adobe bloger John B. Harris is reporting the first instance of a judge signing an order digitally. The order was signed by the Honorable John M. Facciola of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. As Harris notes, in the past orders (etc.) have been printed out, signed by hand, and then re-scanned to be added to the courts electronic filing system, adding both time and expense to the filing process.
“By keeping the generation, signing and filing of the order completely electronic, the process is made much more efficient, potentially driving costs down and making the court’s systems work more effectively.”
A less costly, more efficient court filing process? Can low cost/no cost access to PACER be far behind? We can only hope (and keep on petitioning).
Update: Mea culpa, it seems our readers have been more discerning in their research than I was. Check out the comments for a better take on this story.