Griffin Judicial Circuit Launches Electronic Filing in Civil Cases with PeachCourt
January 14, 2015 Atlanta, GA — The Griffin Judicial Circuit announced the general availability of electronic filing in Superior Court today. PeachCourt, Georgia’s statewide eFiling system, is now available for attorneys filing in the Superior Courts of Fayette and Upson Counties. Pike County Superior Court will adopt the eFiling program before February 1 and Spalding County Superior Court expects to follow later in 2015.
“PeachCourt is easy to use and much more efficient than filing on paper. It is extremely user-friendly, requiring our firm members to spend only minutes adapting to the system,” said Meredith McClure, an attorney with McNally, Fox, Grant & Davenport, P.C. “I also appreciate the convenience of being able to file a document at any hour of the day, on any day of the week, which was obviously unavailable when previously filing in-person or by mail. We have been waiting years for technology like PeachCourt.”
PeachCourt is a state of the art technology platform that facilitates filings in domestic relations and general civil cases in Superior and State Courts. The system is produced by Georgia-based GreenCourt Legal Technologies in partnership with the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia. PeachCourt will be available in more than 40 courts in the first quarter of 2015, with the large majority of the state to follow. Starting today, any member of the Georgia State Bar can register for free at peachcourt.com.
Sheila Studdard, Clerk of Fayette County Superior Court, said, “We implemented eFiling carefully and purposefully in 2014. We are excited to officially open PeachCourt for all attorneys to use. The legal community of Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson Counties is proud to be the first in the state to launch eFiling with PeachCourt. PeachCourt is the perfect solution and carries no cost to the taxpayers. It’s obvious why more than 130 Superior Courts in Georgia are committed to joining the program.”
Teresa Harper, Clerk of Upson County Superior Court, described the diversity of the four counties that comprise the circuit. “The Griffin Judicial Circuit is a microcosm of the state. The population ranges from 108,000 in Fayette County to 18,000 in Pike County. This demonstrates the leadership and teamwork of our clerks and judges, especially Chief Judge Chris Edwards, to establish an eFiling system that works for counties of all sizes.”
Angela Landgaard, an attorney with Slepian, Schwartz, and Landgarrd, L.L.C. and current president of the Fayette County Bar, added, “Because PeachCourt is a statewide eFiling system, attorneys can file into counties across Georgia using one login and password. The State Bar has been asking for a single, statewide eFiling system for many years. PeachCourt is the answer to our request.”
“eFiling is the most significant change the justice system will see in our lifetime,” said Andy Johnson, CEO of GreenCourt. “Our company exists to make eFiling happen in the right way, for the benefit of attorneys, clerks, judges and the general public. It is an honor to serve our partners and we look forward to PeachCourt’s growth across Georgia.”
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle presents Excellence in Innovation Award to GreenCourt
March 16, 2014, Carrollton, GA — Lt. Governor Casey Cagle presented the Excellence in Innovation Award to GreenCourt Legal Technologies, LLC (GreenCourt) at the company’s headquarters Monday.
The award, created by Cagle, recognizes outstanding, innovative achievements by Georgia entrepreneurs.
GreenCourt develops and supports the standards-compliant, statewide electronic filing system for Georgia’s trial courts. The Carrollton-based technology company signed a contract with the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia (Council) in March to build, maintain and support all users of the system, which is called PeachCourt.
“The importance of providing unobstructed access to the court system can’t be overstated,” said Cagle. “The courts provide a forum where disputes can be resolved and laws can be tested and enforced in a fair and impartial manner. Through GreenCourt’s innovative technology solutions, the people of Georgia will have faster and more efficient access to our court system.”
GreenCourt’s team members have a track record of building mission-critical software that not only meets regulatory requirements, but also satisfies the needs of demanding users.
“I am so excited for every Superior Court Clerk in Georgia to partner with a Georgia company on the eFiling project,” added Cinda Bright, Wilkinson County Superior Court Clerk and President of the Council. “Clerks across the state work hard to improve the public’s ability to access the courts. Technology plays a big role in this, but technology alone doesn’t get the job done. It takes innovation, solving old problems in new ways. PeachCourt is a solution for everyone, not only courts with high volume, but also for smaller counties like Wilkinson.”
Courts of all sizes and in all parts of the state will connect with PeachCourt throughout the next 12 months. Attorneys and self-represented litigants will be able to initiate new cases and file into existing cases, creating a significant convenience for all who access the justice system, regardless of how frequently or infrequently. The Council and GreenCourt intend for PeachCourt to connect any filer, any case and any court in Georgia.
During the ceremony, Cagle also praised GreenCourt’s partnership with the Council.
“This is a great example of the private sector working with state government to deliver a better public solution,” Cagle said.
“We are honored to receive this award from Lt. Governor Cagle,” Tommy Green, GreenCourt’s Chairman and Co-Founder, said. “GreenCourt IS Georgia, through and through. Our company draws from Georgia investment, Georgia talent and Georgia partners. Our success will not be despite, but rather because of, our Georgia foundation. Since the founding of Carroll County, world-class businesses have grown out of the soil here, retaining our brightest college graduates and establishing financial stability in our communities. Like the other industry leaders who call Georgia home, our prosperity is Georgia’s prosperity.”
About the Lieutenant Governor’s Excellence in Innovation Award
The Lieutenant Governor’s Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes the deserving individuals, companies, nonprofits and organizations that are continually pioneering products, services and ways of doing things so as to create a better tomorrow for Georgia. Recipients must show their ability to create jobs in their community as well as their product’s potential to move Georgia forward in the 21st Century. Additionally, recipients are asked about their community involvement, capital investments (if applicable), the challenges they faced when launching their product or service, and what need their innovation addresses in Georgia.
Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia Chooses GreenCourt Legal Technologies to Enable Statewide eFiling
PeachCourt to Benefit Georgia’s Filers, Clerks and Judges
March 3, 2014, Atlanta, GA — The Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia has reached an agreement with Georgia-based GreenCourt Legal Technologies, LLC to develop a statewide electronic filing system that will improve filing efficiency, reduce court costs and increase information access in the courts in the state’s 159 counties.
In 2011, the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors adopted a resolution on electronic filing that encouraged all stakeholders – filers, clerks and judges – to work together to develop a unified, statewide eFiling system. In 2012, Georgia’s Superior Court Clerks led an effort to define requirements for such an eFiling system. The clerks established a steering committee comprised of representatives from the Judiciary, State Bar, Legislature and Courts to shape the future of eFiling in Georgia.
This collaboration produced a working document that identified issues, defined processes and set expectations for a truly comprehensive eFiling system that would allow attorneys and litigants to file civil case documents directly with the Superior Court in any county in the state. Each filing must be governed by court standards and adhere to the highest levels of security and privacy measures.
“The council is pleased to partner with GreenCourtTM, a Georgia-based company, to develop and implement the statewide eFiling system according to the exact requirements defined by the steering committee,” Council of Superior Court Clerks President Bart Jackson said. “Georgia’s Superior Court Clerks will work with our judges and the State Bar to develop uniform rules for electronic access to the courts. The first phase of the system will focus on delivering case documents to the respective court clerk. In the near future, the system will offer additional features such as records retrieval and electronic court notifications.”
“We are delighted to partner with Georgia’s Superior Court Clerks to build PeachCourt, the statewide eFiling system,” said Tommy Green, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of GreenCourt. “Our team has a track record of success with delivering complex systems in highly regulated environments. Our mission withPeachCourt is to craft a perfect fit for the unique challenges of electronic filing in our state. We are excited to bring our experience to bear for the benefit of Georgia’s justice system.”
Funding for the project will come from a per-transaction fee, a substantial portion of which will be reinvested in the courts. Over time, the system will result in significant savings of state and local government resources.
About GreenCourt Legal Technologies and PeachCourt
GreenCourt Legal Technologies, LLC, headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia, connects people with ‘technology for a better justice system’ TM. GreenCourt delivers standards-based software and services that will change the face of filings in Georgia. GreenCourt’s electronic filing platform is PeachCourtTM, which includes the web-based filing portal that judges, attorneys and pro se filers will use to file documents in any participating court and the filing management exchange that routes each filing to the appropriate court’s case management system. PeachCourt makes it easy for any filer to deliver documents to the court from the convenience of his or her desk and easy for each court by reducing technology integration costs and simplifying systems integration. GreenCourt’s core team has been building, implementing and supporting mission critical software and interoperability systems for more than fifteen years in the banking, healthcare information technology and legal industries.
About the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia
The Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia was established by state law to further the improvement of the superior courts and the administration of justice, to assist the superior court clerks in the execution of their duties, and to assist in the training of superior court clerks. The Council is the official representative of superior court clerks to other state agencies in Georgia and is responsible for administering grants and other projects as assigned by its members and the Georgia General Assembly.