According to a notice posted on the Texas Supreme Court’s website, true electronic filing of appellate briefs is now available in that court:
Effective March 28, 2011, you may electronically file documents, pay your fees, and serve opposing counsel using the Texas.gov electronic filing system.
Using this e-filing system is, at this time, still voluntary. I look forward to trying it out.
Some paper is still required
Please be aware that the electronic-filing order still requires counsel to send two paper copies of the brief to the clerk’s office.
As things stand, counsel in the Texas Supreme Court have two choices — both of which require some mix between electronic and paper copies:
Use the electronic-filing portal to file and serve a PDF that counts as the official original, plus submit two paper copies to the clerk’s office.
Submit an original paper version plus eleven more paper copies to the clerk’s office, serve them on opposing counsel, and also submit the required PDF by email to the clerk’s office.
So while this new e-filing order isn’t strictly paperless, it is a big step in that direction. As a solo appellate lawyer, I certainly look forward to simplifying my workflow on the days briefs are due.