Press Release - April 10, 2013
Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System
Pilot to Be Implemented in Norfolk Circuit Court
The Office of
the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia and George
E. Schaefer, Clerk of the Norfolk Circuit Court, announce that the
Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System (VJEFS), which allows attorneys
to electronically file civil actions in circuit court, will be
implemented as a pilot program in the Norfolk Circuit Court,
beginning April 15, 2013.
VJEFS is a comprehensive automated system developed by the
Office of the Executive Secretary to integrate with the circuit
court clerks' offices' existing statewide Circuit Case Management,
Case Imaging, and Financial Management Systems, thereby improving
the efficiency of the clerks' offices.
The Norfolk Circuit Court pilot of VJEFS will allow filings in
most civil cases. Initially, a limited number of attorneys will be
registered to use the system, and expanded registration of attorneys
will occur during the course of the Norfolk pilot. It is anticipated
that VJEFS will be made available as a pilot program in other
circuit courts within six months, and subsequently offered to all
circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth.
"On behalf of the Supreme Court of Virginia, I am delighted to
announce that the Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System is being
launched as a pilot program in the Circuit Court for the City of
Norfolk and will soon be offered statewide to all circuit courts.
The Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System provides a service to
attorneys, enhances efficiency in the clerks' offices of the circuit
courts, and ultimately makes our courts more accessible."
Cynthia D. Kinser, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
The Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System promises to revolutionize
how court clerks do business. Using this technology will free our
offices from repetitive data entry, filing and scanning.
George E. Schaefer, Clerk of the Norfolk Circuit Court
About the Office of the Executive Secretary: The Office of the
Executive Secretary provides administrative support and technical
assistance for all of the courts and magistrate offices within the
Commonwealth. This includes the training and education of all
judicial branch employees, as well as legal research assistance for
judges. This office also provides payroll, purchasing, accounts
payable, human resources, planning, and grant services to the
courts. It supplies information technology, including
Internet, e-mail, case management, and video technology to the
courts and magistrates.
About the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk's Office: The Clerk of the
Circuit Court is a constitutional officer elected to serve an 8-year
term. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office performs multiple duties,
including serving as custodian of court case records, recording
deeds, providing probate services, preserving historic records,
acting as record keeper of election ballots, and issuing marriage
For more information on VJEFS, please contact Katya N. Herndon,
Director of Legislative and Public Relations, Office of the
Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia at (804) 786-6455.
For specific information about the Norfolk pilot program, please
contact Thomas A. Larson, Chief Deputy Clerk, Norfolk Circuit Court
Clerk's Office, at (757) 664-4392