Listen up, lawyers. A notice posted on the Texas Supreme Court’s website states that NIC will be doing maintenance and upgrading on the statewide e-filing system for the courts through Texas.gov. According to the notice, no filings will be accepted from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, to 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
“NIC has notified the court that they will be attempting the maintenance on the eFiling system that had failed earlier. This maintenance will mean that no filings will be accepted during the maintenance window,” the notice reads.
David Slayton, administrative director at the Office of Court Administration, says NIC, the vendor that contracts with the state to provide the e-filing system, tried unsuccessfully to upgrade the system over the July 28-29 weekend.
Slayton says NIC believes it has identified the issue that caused the earlier failure and is ready to roll out the upgraded system again.
“They have assured us the issue is resolved,” Slayton says.
Erin Hutchins, Texas NICUSA's general manager and director of portal operations, says that there were issues with filers being able to log in to the system following the July outage.
“The log-ins were getting stuck,” Hutchins says. She says that after analyzing the problems, Texas NICUSA has gone through another certification process with OCA and other parties to make sure that everyone is satisfied that the system works. If there is a problem this time that requires Texas NICUSA to roll back the system, it has a better understanding of how everything should work, Hutchins says.
-- Mary Alice Robbins