The Ministry of the Attorney General has announced an electronic filing system for the Ontario Small Claims Court. For the moment, the system is active in only a few court locations, but the Ministry intends to have it working province-wide by early 2015. In addition, the system works for statements of claim and notices of default, but not for statements of defence or settlement conference documents.
A fuller description is here.
What do you think? Does this look like a workable operation, as far as it goes? Is it the basis for a complete e-filing system (i.e. including defence documents)? Is it sufficiently secure for its purposes? Would you expect to see the same kind of system used for e-filing in higher courts as well, or for greater sums of money than the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court ($25,000)?
Other comments or suggestions?