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Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Announces Electronic Portal
Initial system promises improved mechanism for brief filing and enhanced case document access and goes live on October 26, 2009 at 10am EST. Introduction In an effort to better serve those who have official business with the Court the First District Court of Appeal is in the process of developing an electronic portal for use by attorneys and the public to access and provide documents regarding cases. This webbased application is called eDCA and it will be available as a link through the 1stDCA website (www.1dca.org) as well as directly at eDCA.1dca.org .
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The eDCA application will be made publicly available at 10am EST on Monday October 26, 2009.
Upon initial release, use of the application will require minimal changes in the way attorneys and parties conduct business with the court. These changes are outlined as follows:
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Attorneys must submit briefs and petitions through the eDCA web application rather than through an e-mail to the court as they have done in the past. Attorneys must submit briefs and petitions not in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format but in the more universally accepted and secure Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF.) This is referenced in administrative order 09-
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3. Attorneys must submit, in addition to their briefs and petitions, any appendices. These appendices must also be submitted in the PDF format.
In addition to providing a convenient portal for the transmittal of briefs, petitions and appendices (and additional document types in the future) the eDCA application will provide additional benefit to its users:
Convenient access to any public, digitized document (as available) in cases where you are listed as an attorney or party of record. Future ability to submit additional document types electronically. Future ability to be served with court documents electronically in a method that is more timely than postal delivery of documents.
How-to Guides for the use of eDCA In order to allay any concerns about the use of the new portal the Court has prepared a number of How-to guides referencing various new procedures. Please read through these guides to get a better grasp of how eDCA might affect your workflow. Guide Index: (click a title)
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Registering for eDCA Creating a PDF with the Adobe Acrobat Software Creating a PDF with Microsoft Word 2007 Creating a PDF with WordPerfect Creating a PDF from Additional Programs Creating a PDF from a Paper Document
Feedback from our Users eDCA is designed for you, the lawyer or party of record, who has important business with our court. We know that no technology application can be designed effectively in a vacuum. We want feedback from you as to your likes and dislikes of the system. Our software development group can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and is very interested in any constructive feedback you might have. Your suggestion may find its way into a future addition to eDCA.
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