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To help educate and inform the public on the upcoming transition to e-filing, Hidalgo County hosted an Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP) Fair on August 16, 2013. Held at the Hidalgo County Courthouse, attorneys had the opportunity to speak to vendors offering e-filing services in preparation for the Supreme Court mandated e-filing system to connect attorneys to court systems.
In December 2012, the Supreme Court of Texas mandated electronic filing in all non-criminal cases in accordance with a phased approach based on County population; Hidalgo County filings for civil cases in Hidalgo County must be submitted electronically beginning January 1, 2014. This means that the District and County clerk offices will no longer accept walk-in or in-person civil case filings from attorneys at their respective offices; all documents must be submitted electronically.
At the Hidalgo County Courthouse Judicial Annex ribbon cutting ceremony held earlier that day, 139th District Court Judge Bobby Flores stated how transitioning to e-filing is one of the greatest changes in procedures to happen to the courthouse in years.
Hidalgo County will commence the transition September 17, 2013 to allow attorneys and their staff to become accustomed to using the new electronic filing system and procedures to ensure 100% compliance with the new law in January.