Clerk’s office to stop accepting paper filings from lawyers

IMG_0001Starting Thursday, the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office will – with rare exception – only allow lawyers to file court records through their paperless e-file system.

Clerk Sharon Bock announced the move Tuesday in reaction to a Wednesday ruling from Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal in a Broward County case where judges ruled that clerks of court are not required to accept paper filings from an attorney “except in very specific circumstances.”

In a news release, Bock said that beginning Sept. 1, paper filings will not be accepted from attorneys unless the document is an original document required to be filed with the court or falls  under one of the exceptions in Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.525(d).

Those exceptions include documents filed in open court as permitted by judges, the submission of evidentiary exhibits, or other limited circumstances for self-represented parties to a case.

In preparation for the change, the clerk’s office is offering two free training sessions for their e-file system at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 or 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Main Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach next month.

Registration is required for the sessions.