Chief Justice John Roberts announced that the Supreme Court will be adopting an electronic-filing system, as numerous State and Federal Courts have done before them. The Court’s new filing system could be up and running by 2016, although parties before the Court will still be required to submit paper copies of every brief.
Nonetheless, Chief Justice Roberts report never mentions cameras, photographs, or other recording technology. Many believe that such technology would allow greater access to the Courts, including lawmakers from both parties, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Nonetheless, lawyers should welcome the advances proposed by Roberts. In particular, the Court’s website will allow free access to all documents – as of now, attorneys have to go to third party sites, like SCOTUSblog.
Roberts report also indicates that the present e-filing system used by other Federal Courts will likely be replaced by a more advanced version in the near future as well.