The Colorado Judicial Branch announced on Tuesday that a two-year pilot program allowing documents to be filed online in family court cases is expanding into seven more counties.
The program allows for online filing of cases without legal representation related to the dissolution of marriage or civil unions as well as child custody cases. Approximately 75% of people in such cases choose to represent themselves, according to a press release from the branch.
The new Colorado counties that will begin accepting electronic documents on June 1 include Mesa, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache.
After June, 25 of Colorado’s 64 counties will allow for electronic filing of documents in family court through the Colorado Courts E-Filing system. The online dashboard allows for quick access to cases a person has filed, electronic documents served to someone, upcoming court appearances and announcements, according to the state’s website.
Only named parties in a case are eligible to file documents electronically. Those unable to pay court fees are still required to file paper documents at the clerk’s office in the courthouse in person.
Colorado counties currently accepting e-filing for family court cases include Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Larimer, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, Teller and Weld.
For more information, visit the Colorado Judicial Branch’s website.