E-Filing: History

The Child Support Georgia Judicial Exchange (GAJE) E-filing System or E-filing Program, as it is more commonly known, began in 2003 when DCSS as a member of a national task force that was considering a number of collaborative projects between child support agencies and the courts realized that a system used for e-filing could not be implemented on a county by county basis as proprietary systems, but must be one that could serve the needs of the entire agency on a long term basis. As a result, DCSS approached the Administrative Office (AOC) of the Courts in January of 2004 and began initial discussions on creating an e-filing system that would use open source technology as a method of delivery and that would be available for use between the courts and each DCSS local office.

The impetus of the program was to bring e-filing to Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services as one of the first states to embrace and implement an electronic method for filing civil pleadings to the court. The Division of Child Support Services was and still is perhaps the largest single filer of civil pleadings in the state of Georgia. The filing processes used by the agency were time consuming and not cost effective. The implementation of an e-filing process for DCSS has dramatically shortened the amount of time it takes a local office to file pleadings with the court. It has also reduced the number of staff necessary to file the pleadings, making it possible for DCSS and clerks to reallocate staff to other duties. All of these considerations make the entire court filing process more efficient while saving both DCSS and the court money.

The first two courts to electronically file Child Support cases using GAJE were Bibb County Superior Court and Washington County Superior Court in 2007.