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E-filing remains strong in July, August

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laptopAfter reaching record levels in June, electronic filings with the Florida court system have declined slightly but remained strong in July and August, according to figures from the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority, which manages the court system’s statewide e-filing Portal.

Total documents filed through the Portal were 2.57 million (in 1.77 million submissions) in July and 2.68 million (in 1.87 million submissions) in August. That was down from the record of almost 2.79 million (in 1.89 million submissions) in June, but still among the highest months in the Portal’s history.

The average number of weekday submissions was 85,557 in July and 86,500 in August, compared with 88,131 in June. The highest volume day in July was 92,566 submissions and 93,694 in August, compared to 96,003 in June.

There were 94,208 new cases filed in July, and 92,119 new cases in August. That was down from 114,248 new cases in June and the record of 123,476 new cases filed in May.

Filing activity for the appellate courts remained steady. District courts of appeal saw 10,628 submissions in June, 10,366 in July, and 10,782 in August. The Supreme Court received 472 submissions in June, 455 in July, and 366 in August.

All the e-filing numbers were substantially above numbers from the summer of 2020, when filings were depressed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lawyers and the court system transitioning to work remotely. They also showed a steady increase from the pre-pandemic summer of 2019.

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