Some court documents filed during an outage of Texas.gov’s electronic filing system may be “stuck in limbo,” says Mike Lykes, director of community outreach at the Harris County District Clerk’s Office.
If a lawyer thinks her filing was affected, she should contact her e-filing service provider, he says. “Obviously attorneys are concerned about whether their filings are making it in.”
The problem, which affects 65 jurisdictions including Harris County, stems from a July 30 e-filing outage that happened when Texas NICUSA, the vendor that runs the system, tried to implement an upgrade that accidentally prevented users from logging in. Texas NICUSA reversed the upgrade, returning to the old system to fix the problem.
Brian Stevenson, general manager and director of core services for Texas.gov, writes in an email that due to the switch back to the old system, “there was a small percentage of filings for 65 jurisdictions that we were unable to move into the old system.” His company worked with the Texas Office of Court Administration to make sure none of them were emergency filings.
“We continue to actively work with each jurisdiction to provide disposition of each of the affected filings,” Stevenson writes. “If a lawyer is unsure as to the status of their filing, they can contact their eFiling service provider.”
Lykes notes that Harris County only has about 70 documents affected by the problem.
“It’s been a major disruption for everybody. I’m not aware of any other problems but this one. But it’s an issue we’ve had to deal with, for sure,” he says.
-- Angela Morris