The Electronic Filing System (eFiling)
||Federal Court of Australia
Citizens’ Service Delivery
||Oct 01, 2000
The Federal Court of Australia was the first court in Australia to introduce electronic
filing. The Electronic Filing System (eFiling) is the public’s main electronic
interface for lodging applications and supporting documentation to the court;
eFiling also accepts credit card payments for filing fees. The primary intended
audiences for eFiling are litigants in the Federal Court system and the legal
The eFiling interface forms part of the Court’s wider eCourt Strategy,
the later stages of which will provide online access to external users not only
for filing, but also to view and retrieve electronic documents and information
about pending cases.
Stage 1 of eFiling: enabled litigants to file documents and pay their
filing fees over the Internet and was made available in October 2000.
Previously litigants, or their counsel, had to physically submit documents and
pay the appropriate fees at the court, and the documents were stamped and filed
by Federal Court staff.
Stage 2 of eFiling: allows for the electronic return of ‘stamped’
documents and was implemented in March 2001. As part of implementation, the
Court rules were amended to allow for electronic service of documents and for a
facsimile of the signature (if needed) to be affixed on the document by
electronic means. Alternatively, an image of the signed document may be
submitted. Affidavits may only be filed electronically by sending an image of
the document in an appropriate form.
The eFiling program reduces time to access and process court documents.
Integration of eFiling with the Case Management System (CMS) and proposed
Document Management System will mean:
• Greater incentives for firms to use the
• More benefits for the Court
with easy access to case files that are fully electronic; and
• Reduced archiving costs for electronic records
as opposed to paper records.
The program provides
significant social benefits, predominantly in relation to customer
accessibility and convenience. This is achieved by providing extended access
and improved service for regional and remote customers.
||Australia Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)
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