Electronic files (eFiles) - Civil
What are the benefits?
By converting registry operations to an electronic, on-line document filing system:
- staff, litigants, lawyers and other parties will no longer need to view hard copy files at the registry counter
- all files will be available on-line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- litigants, lawyers and other parties will not be required to pay search or attendance fees to access files electronically
- regional stakeholders will be able to access files immediately
- hard copy files will be accessed less frequently, reducing the risk of file loss or damage.
Why choose the Planning and Environment Court?
The Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane was chosen because it is a relatively small and easily managed jurisdiction.
It was also chosen because the Planning and Environment Court deals only with matters of public interest. As such, the electronic filing system can be tested without compromising the privacy of individuals.
The court will allow the effectiveness and viability of the eFiles system to be thoroughly tested in a controlled situation before any wider implementation takes place.
How will I access the files online?
All active Planning and Environment Court files will be converted to an electronic format (PDF) and accessed using the Queensland Courts website eSearch facility.
As the eFiles system has been completely integrated into the eSearch facility, once a file has been located, all documents in that file can be viewed on-line.
What about privacy issues?
Documents marked as private or confidential, via a court order, will not be available for public viewing.
Privacy concerns have been addressed with internal and external stakeholders to ensure compliance with the principles set out in the FOI Independent Review Panel’s report on freedom of information.
Further consultation will take place as the system is implemented.