The promise of E-filing is vast. But there are traps for the unwary, especially as E-filing proliferates and more courts adopt e-filing. It would be nice if every jurisdiction had the same rules for E-filing, but they don’t. So don’t assume that they do (i.e. don’t assume that every court will consider a document filed before midnight as filed on that day; they might have an earlier time cutoff). LexisNexis has a list of courts that use e-filing (that’s just their list of state courts and it may not be complete; here is a list of federal courts that support E-filing).
They also have proposed Model Rules for E-filing (476k PDF) which is clearly something that courts should start considering adopting. I don’t mean the LexisNexis rules, but some sort of model rules. Obviously the federal courts (as a branch of the federal government, which used to be good at deploying things that would apply to the country as a whole) would be a good place to start.
Update: Scrivener’s Error has some thoughts on this topic.