A procedural rule that would allow handwritten electronic signatures in electronic court filings is being circulated to various procedural rules committees by a subcommittee of the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration Committee.

The subcommittee, chaired by Justin Horan, the chief legal officer for the Clay County Clerk of Court, is working to overhaul sections of the RGPJA rules that deal with electronic filing, the court system’s statewide e-filing Portal, electronic court records, electronic signatures, and related issues.

Aside from electronic signatures, the committee also is working on when clerks can shunt a deficient filing into a “correction queue” where it can be later discarded if the filer doesn’t fix the problem and allowing lawyers to opt to electronically file notarized, sworn, or verified documents under Rule 2.525(d).