IN RE ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 21 - ELECTRONIC FILING
The Supreme Court Committee on Automation has suggested amendments to sections 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Administrative Order No. 21. We adopt the requested amendments and republish the Order below. These amendments are effective immediately. (The changes are illustrated in the End Note.)
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NUMBER 21 — Electronic Filing Section 1. Purpose, Scope, and Application.
(a) Purpose. This order establishes statewide policies and procedures governing the electronic filing process in all the courts in Arkansas.
(b) Scope. Electronic filing is a means of fulfilling the filing requirements of the courts of this state, but any court or clerk that elects to adopt electronic filing pursuant to this order must use the electronic filing system provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts ("AOC") or an electronic citation system approved by the AOC. Once an election is made to use the electronic filing system provided by the AOC, then electronic filing shall be the exclusive means of filing in all cases, except as may otherwise be provided in this order or by rule adopted by the Supreme Court.
(1) Any person proceeding pro se and any person with a disability or special need that prevents electronic filing shall be entitled to submit conventional paper filings.
(c) Application. This order shall be liberally construed to secure the proper and efficient administration of the business and affairs of the court and to promote and facilitate the administration of justice by the court.
Section 2. Definitions.
(a) Case management system. A "case management system" is an electronic database maintained by the court or clerk to track information used to manage the court's caseload, such as case numbers, party names, attorneys for parties, titles of all documents filed in a case, and all scheduled events in a case.
(b) Case initiating document. A "case initiating document" is the first filing in any matter, including but not limited to the complaint and summons, any subpoena, and citation. For appellate submissions, a "case initiating document" is the first filing in the appellate court, including without limitation, the appellant's brief, motion, or petition, but excluding any record or partial record prepared by another court or tribunal for use on appeal.
Section 4. Official Court Record.
(a) Legal effect of electronic documents. An electronic document is the official court record and has the same force and effect as a document filed conventionally.
(b) Form of record. To the maximum extent feasible, the clerk must ensure that all documents filed in electronic cases are maintained in electronic form.
(c) Scanning and disposition. Case-initiating documents and other paper documents may be scanned by the clerk and made part of the electronic record. Once the conventional document has been scanned, the electronic document is the official court record. Once scanned, with the exception of conventional ...