How does the eLodgment system work?
eLodgment automates the production and lodgement of court documents. When creating a document the system automatically inserts into the document any information already in the system (eg party names). This level of automation means that the registered user can focus on the substance of the document. Where the substance of the document requires the party to enter more than a few lines of text, eLodgment provides the party with the option of uploading a 'Word' document. The text entered, and any uploaded 'Word' document, are added to the pro formas in the system to form the court document. The registered user has the option of reviewing the document in draft.
Once the user has settled the document, the user authorises it to be filed at the court. The document is automatically entered into the court's electronic file management system.
eLodgment also provides for the payment of any filing fees - see: How do I pay court filing fees? and What do I need to do if my client wishes to have fees waived, reduced or deferred?
Once registered for eLodgment, a user can access the eLodgment facility in place for the Supreme Court, the District Court and the Magistrates Court.
Why should I use eLodgment?
The main benefit gained by registered users is the ability to file documents at the court without the need to physically attend at the Registry. eLodgment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, subject to the court's rules covering the electronic lodgement of documents. eLodgment saves firms and their clients the expense of sending an outside clerk to the court to lodge documents. There are no extra filing fees for using eLodgment.
eLodgment also enables registered users to search certain of the court's databases - see: What can I search if I am a registered user? and What documents can I view if I am the solicitor on the record?
Who can use eLodgment?
To use eLodgment you will need to be a registered user. eLodgment is designed to be used by law firms, government departments and local municipalities. In order for the system to be efficient, it assumes a basic familiarity with the practice and procedure of the courts. It is not the current practice of any court to allow self-represented litigants to become registered users and access eLodgment.
Other online systems have been specifically developed for self-represented litigants. In the Supreme Court this includes:
Where is eLodgment Authorised?
In the Supreme Court, eLodgment is authorised by Rules of the Supreme Court 1971 ("RSC") O.67 r.20. This rule requires that eLodgment occur by means of the Court's web site. The Supreme Court has approved a web site for the purposes of eLodgment only.Last updated: 19-Jul-2012