Federal Court Trials Internet

The Family Court of Australia is trialling a new online service which will enable the electronic lodgement of court documents using digital signatures.

More than one million documents are lodged with the court each year and the Web-based filing solution known as CourtLodgement is currently undergoing a four-week trial.

Web application developer and digital signature consultancy Internet Solutions Australia (ISA) owns the CourtLodgement technology and intends to market the product throughout the Australian legal system.

Steven Thomas, ISA managing director, said the system has the potential to revolutionise the legal system.

"This online service will improve work efficiency and allow faster processing of documents while reducing costs for both courts and solicitors," he said.

The trial, which is being undertaken by six law firms on behalf of the Family Court, was approved by the Attorney General's office and is part of the federal government's online initiatives. w

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