To fund court automation and e-filing systems, the State Courts have employed a variety of means. Some state systems are simply funded by legislative appropriations. Other states use fee revenue to fund this technology. Some have added court automation and e-filing fees onto their current case filing fees. Rather than having a new fee, other states take a percentage of the existing fees and deposit them in a court automation fund. Often this involves increasing current filing fees and surcharges. In some states, the fee for data processing and electronic records searches is put towards court automation. Most states do not have just one source of money for their court automation funds. Instead, these funds are supported by a combination of appropriations and revenue from various fees.
This table lists the statutory authority that created court automation funds and fees in each state and describes the source of funding. The balances of these funds, as found in state budgets, are also listed. The years for which this data is available online varies by state. The amount of money devoted to court automation or e-filing is then compared to the overall judicial budget, the IT budget, and the civil caseload of each state. The latest civil caseload statistics that are available through the NCSC are for the year 2008.
Court Automation and E-filing Revenue (pdf)
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