Plano Texas based company Tyler Technologies, Inc. today announced that eFileTexas™ — Texas’ electronic court filing system, which went live in all 254 Texas counties more than nine months ahead of schedule — has been enhanced with a free tool that helps self-represented litigants more easily access and work within the justice system. eFileTexas, developed and managed by Tyler, is the largest mandatory electronic court filing system in the U.S.
The new tool—called eFileTexas SelfHelp™ — is free to the courts and to Texas residents. The project was kicked off in March 2015, and was created because the state recognized the challenges associated with the increasing number of residents representing themselves in court. eFileTexas SelfHelp is powered by Tyler’s Odyssey Guide & File™ solution and leverages the eFileTexas system and allows courts and legal aid organizations to develop Web-based interviews and provide relevant, informative content to help self-represented litigants with court filings. This results in a reduction of erroneous filings as well as staff time answering pro se questions.
eFileTexas SelfHelp was developed with support from Collin County, Williamson County, Travis County, Fort Bend County, Lone Star Legal Aid and the Texas Legal Services Center. Eleven counties in Texas are now live on eFileTexas SelfHelp.
As a cloud-based solution, self-guided interviews are published and accessed from a court’s website, providing flexibility for self-represented litigants to complete the interview anytime, anywhere. Interviews available include uncontested divorce, name change for an adult, small claims, evictions, repair and remedy, and occupational driver’s license. An additional 100 forms are planned for rollout over the next two years in partnership with Lone Star Legal Aid and TexasLawHelp. eFileTexas SelfHelp interviews can be accessed from various Texas county websites and at www.TexasLawHelp.org.
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